“The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.”
— Anthropologist Ruth Benedict

Anthropology, the comparative study of humanity and culture, seeks to explain both diversity and similarity in human behavior and biology around the world. It is an academic discipline that integrates a number of specialized fields, including physical anthropology, archaeology, social and cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and applied studies of human problems. Anthropology students can study a wide range of issues including human evolution, human cultural diversity, human language, the human past and present, and the relationship between biology and behavior.

The anthropology offerings at Woodland Community College are designed to prepare students for further study at a four-year institution in anthropology or other related disciplines such as sociology, psychology, linguistics, human biology, and history.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn the major theoretical approaches in anthropology, the history of those theories, how they relate to other social sciences, and how to apply them to real-world understandings of humanity.
  • Students will learn the differences between cultural and biological bases of human behaviors and exhibit a qualitative and quantitative understanding of those behaviors as well as apply a bio-cultural approach to studying humanity.
  • Students will be able to apply both biological and cultural understandings of past and contemporary human diversity and the significance of that diversity over time.