What is anthropology? Almost everything! Our communication, our clothing, our families, our behavior, our food choices, our environment, our bones, our tools and devices, our births, marriages, health, and deaths. As the comparative study of humans in the past and present, anthropology promotes awareness and understanding of human variation on a global scale. Anthropology at Furman introduces students to societies and social groups — some familiar, some different — and encourages thoughtful reflection on our own place in the world. Anthropology gives tools to question our current assumptions about the world and to envision options for the future. Anthropology strives to make the strange familiar, and the familiar strange.
We have comparative as well as in depth courses that focus on the geographical areas of Africa, Central America, East Asia, and South Asia. The major also has courses in the subfield of linguistics and archaeology.
Opportunities for a wealth of different experiences are available within our department.