Anthropology is a multidisciplinary, scientific study of the human condition. Through the traditional four fields of cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological/physical anthropology and linguistics, anthropologists examine every aspect of humanity in a holistic, comparative and evolutionary way. As a science, anthropology seeks to uncover and understand what makes groups of people different from each other, and what they all share in common.
Cultural anthropology is concerned with the systems of human cultures. Archaeology seeks to understand cultures of the past, usually those with few or no written records, through material remains. Biological/physical anthropology focuses on humans as a biological species, studying origins, development and variations within the species. Linguistic anthropology studies human communication systems, which preserve and transmit cultures across generations.
Each anthropology course at Cowley College incorporates a basic fieldwork component, such as ethnographic interviews, archaeological surveys and digs, and primate behavior studies at area zoos.
The Associate of Arts degree in anthropology is intended to provide graduates with a strong foundation in the traditional four-field approach. These course recommendations prepare students to transfer successfully into bachelor's degree programs. Students who have selected a transfer school should consult an academic advisor and the catalog of that school for specific transfer information. College catalogs and transfer guides for many four-year colleges are available through Career Services.