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Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology and Anthropology


Anthropology and Sociology are two closely aligned disciplines that both aim to study the human condition and human society, albeit using different kinds of research methods and analytical approaches. Anthropology is the holistic study of humanity, encompassing four different subfields. Sociocultural anthropologists study the cultures of living people around the world, while archaeological anthropologists study past cultures and the material parts of life such as technology and architecture. Biological Anthropologists study the human as a biological organism including genetics, human evolution, our primate relatives, and human physiology. Last but not least, linguistic Anthropologists study how language works as part of larger cultural systems. At NU, we combine all of these perspectives to gain the fullest possible understanding of what makes us human.

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