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What is anthropology?
Anthropology is the study of human beings across the globe today and as they existed deep into the far reaches of the past. Physical anthropologists examine the fossil record and modern genetics to unearth our evolutionary roots; archaeologists put together the lives of individuals in ancient societies based on the artifacts and buildings they left behind; and cultural anthropologists compare how social groups interact and behave across different cultures in our complex and rapidly changing world. Parkland’s program offers a general survey course as well as courses in the subfields of physical anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology.
What can you do with a degree in anthropology and/or anthropology skills?
Anthropologists, depending on their area of specialization, work in many fields of business including marketing and advertising, with non-government and non-profit organizations on sustainable development projects, as well as in a number of government programs including international relations, the national park service, museums, and in forensics laboratories and research firms.
Why take anthropology courses at Parkland?
All anthropology courses at Parkland transfer to four-year institutions and fulfill the General Education requirement, and ANT 103 and ANT 101 also fulfill the Non-Western Cultures requirements. Our classes are small and have a strong applied component, meaning they emphasize hands-on training in social science research methods; a useful skill in today’s job market. In addition, we are part of research initiatives with the University of Illinois and Illinois State and hold partnerships with local museums.
For more information on the Anthropology Program, please contact Dr. Isabel Scarborough:

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Anthropology Courses

ANT 101 Introduction to Anthropology
ANT 103 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANT 105 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
ANT 200 Introduction to Archaeology
ANT 220 Field Archaeology
ANT 289 Topics in Anthropology


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