Anthropology

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Anthropology

Anthropology

Anthropology is the holistic study of human cultures/societies through time and space as well as our primate relatives. Anthropologists study the full range of the human experience, from human origins to language to material culture to social organization. Each of its five fields – archaeology, cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, linguistics, and applied anthropology – has a different focus but they share methods, theories and foundational concepts such as culture and cultural relativism. Anthropology students at SUNY Potsdam are trained in all five fields, with particular focus on the practical application of anthropological knowledge.

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This program offers summer expeditions to archaeological dig sites in the North Country and elsewhere.  Recently, students have excavated at the site of slave cabins in Virginia, and cemeteries in Poland.