What is Anthropology?
The word itself tells the basic story - from the Greek anthropos (human being) and logia (study), it is study of humankind, from its beginnings, millions of years ago, to the present day. Anthropology is a field of rich diversity. Anthropology as the study of human behavior explores such interesting questions as what makes human beings unique, why and how people from distant parts of the world and dissimilar cultures are different and the same, how the human species has evolved, and how individuals understand and function successfully in diverse cultural locales.
Anthropology includes five broad fields - cultural anthropology, linguistics, physical anthropology, archaeology and applied anthropology. Anthropology offers exclusivity by studying humans in a holistic manner by covering all aspects such as, environment, family, languages, religion, politics, entertainment, wars, sports and other areas of life.
Anthropology provides an excellent knowledge and skills base for students seeking employment with a Bachelor's Degree in a wide variety of employment settings. Besides academics, cultural & natural resource management firms, technology companies (Microsoft, Intel, Samsung, Google etc.), public health, public administration, marketing, media organizations, museums and zoos, social services and vibrant opportunities in International & National NGOs & research organizations are some of the many areas that have drawn on the training and experience of anthropology majors. Notably, the subject of Anthropology has been included in the Central Superior Service Pakistan (CSS competitive examination). Due to the expanding market demand for Anthropologists, Anthropology these days has become a rising discipline, and is being taught at undergraduate and post-graduate levels at several universities across Pakistan.
After completing the degree, the students will develop:
- A positive appreciation of diversity in contemporary and past societies and cultures including their own country.
- An understanding of the application of Anthropological knowledge and skills in the real world.
- The ability to understand a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches to document and understand human behavior
- The knowledge & approaches to study human beings through a combination of skills, including the qualitative socio-cultural analysis and reflective criticism.