What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present.

Anthro- po- lo- gy

Dictionary.com says:

1. Anthro or Anthropo prefix comes from the Greek word meaning “human”.

2. -ology suffix that means the study of.

Because the study of humans past and present is such a broad category, Anthropology has been divided into four fields of study:

Biological Anthropology
Study of past and present evolution of humans
Cultural Anthropology
Study of human societies, cultures, and how they developed
Science of language, including phonetics, morphology, syntax (how we speak and the sounds we use to make words)
Study of historic or prehistoric humans and their cultures, usually found by excavating (fancy word for digging)

When asking students what comes to mind when they think of Anthropology, this is what they had to say:

What do you think of Anthropology?

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