Anthropology

An archaeological dig site

Anthropology is the study of humans. Anthropologists study our species throughout time, focusing on our diverse modern culture and cultural adaptations, our biological classification as a species, and our inclusion in the Order Primates, and our species' past developments, including our first steps to our first civilizations. The goal of anthropology is to study the similarities and differences in biological and cultural adaptations and features across the globe throughout our human history.

Anthropology is a holistic discipline, which means that anthropologists study all aspects of humans and our behavior. The field of anthropology has been broken up into four main subfields: cultural anthropology, bological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. Cultural anthropology is concerned with the study of human culture and its variations across time and space. Biological anthropologists aim to study our species from a biological perspective – examining our DNA, relationship to our closest animal relatives, the primates, and the fossil evidence of our earliest human ancestors. Archaeology is the study of our past, focused specifically on reconstructing past behavior by looking at objects used by past people. Linguistic anthropologists study human language and communication.

The Sacramento City College Anthropology Department offers classes in all four fields:

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Biological anthropology
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Archaeology

Career Options

This major is designed to prepare students for further study in anthropology leading to a four-year degree and/or graduate degrees. Career opportunities for those with advanced degrees could include teaching at the secondary level, managing cultural resources for state, federal, and private organizations, or museum and research management.