Why study anthropology?
Anthropology faculty and alumni talk about the study of anthropology and why it is important.
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- [00:00:00.330]Anthropology most generally is the study of people
- [00:00:03.640]in all times and all places.
- [00:00:06.160]And of course it's more than that.
- [00:00:07.590]People, environment interactions from the past,
- [00:00:10.240]all the way to today.
- [00:00:12.210]It studies human society from many different perspectives
- [00:00:16.350]and that's what makes it exciting.
- [00:00:18.180]It is the best fun you can have while learning.
- [00:00:22.580]It is the coolest of fields.
- [00:00:24.720]I think any student should major in anthropology,
- [00:00:27.120]just tack it on and make that your double major because,
- [00:00:30.250]anthropology prepares you for cross-cultural communication.
- [00:00:34.260]And, you know, the interviewing skills that you get
- [00:00:35.960]as an anthropologist are really, really helpful
- [00:00:37.790]and they're not obvious.
- [00:00:39.180]The two major skills that I use every single day
- [00:00:41.450]are research and writing skills.
- [00:00:43.120]And that was very important to everything
- [00:00:45.590]that I did in my classes.
- [00:00:47.060]And it's something that I use in every aspect of my job now.
- [00:00:50.420]You develop an understanding,
- [00:00:51.570]not only an understanding, an appreciation
- [00:00:53.410]for cultural diversity.
- [00:00:54.790]But ways to sort of be able to tease out
- [00:00:57.400]the elements involved in that.
- [00:00:59.110]And through understanding, build appreciation
- [00:01:03.040]because what is really amazing is our diversity,
- [00:01:06.690]and by embracing our diversity
- [00:01:08.680]we can actually move into a better tomorrow.
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