American Anthropological Association
2012 Photo Contest Place Kass Barry photo
2012 Photo Contest Place Kass Barry photo

What is Anthropology?

Photo - What is Anthropology?Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems. Historically, anthropologists in the United States have been trained in one of four areas: sociocultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. Anthropologists often integrate the perspectives of several of these areas into their research, teaching, and professional lives.

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The Field At A Glance

The Field At A Glance is the AAA's new series of one-page research snapshots with data about the current state of the discipline. You can find quick answers to frequently asked questions as well as highlights from our larger research projects.

2019-1 Employment Opportunities for Undergraduate Anthropology Majors

2019-2 Employment Opportunities for Anthropology Doctorate Holders

2019-3 Anthropology in the U.S. at the Pre-College Level

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