Sociology & Communications Studies

What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of what makes us human. Anthropologists take a broad approach to understanding the many different aspects of the human experience. Traditionally, anthropology is divided into four broad sub-fields, each teaching a distinctive approach to understanding the diversity of human culture.

Archaeology – the study of human cultures of the past focusing on objects or artifacts left behind.

Biological/Physical anthropology – the study of how human biology has evolved and adapted to different environments.

Cultural anthropology – the study of diverse cultures, norms, values and behaviors around the world

Linguistic anthropology – the study of how language and communication are key to cultures understanding cultures across the globe

At Bemidji State University, anthropology courses are focused on cultural anthropology and biological/physical anthropology. We focus on what it means to be human and the diversity of the human condition.

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 To learn more about our new anthropology offerings, please contact Dr. Rucha Ambikar at 




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