What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of people, both ancient and modern, in their cultural, biological, and environmental contexts.

The diversity of anthropology is the source of both its uniqueness and its greatest strength as a discipline. As the only field to address all aspects of the human experience—cultural, biological, historical—anthropology provides both a broad vision of what it is to be human as well as creative synergies unavailable to other disciplines within the human sciences and humanities.


Why Study Anthropology?

Study anthropology if…

  • You want to understand what it means to be human through time, from our earliest ancestors, and across the many cultures of the world.
  • ​You want a different view of the world.
  • You want to hear the voices of other peoples who share this world with us, but whose lives are often far different from our own.
  • You want a global perspective.

Anthropologists get to ask and answer the big questions about humanity. Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? If these questions – and many other questions about humanity interest you, study anthropology!




Prospective Students

You can apply as an undergraduate through CU Admissions