Anthropology is the study of humans and their cultures, and the exploration of human diversity in time and space. It is organized into four subfields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics. It emphasizes the comparative study of humans and the cross-cultural analysis of their social and cultural responses to fundamental human needs.
The study of anthropology is relevant for people whose goal is graduate study, as well as for people whose occupations and endeavors require a crosscultural understanding of human nature and biology, human history and prehistory, and the variety of cultures humans have developed. It is particularly useful for teachers, medical personnel, social workers, and persons seeking careers in business and communications, as well as persons who plan to work in or with foreign countries. It provides competencies needed for employment in such organizations as museums, government agencies, school systems, corporations, police departments, the Park Service, and healthcare institutions.
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