Anthropology is the study of human beings from all times and all places, offering holistic, comparative, international, and humanistic perspective. In studying and interpreting the vast range of similarities and differences in human societies and cultures, anthropologists also seek to understand how people themselves make sense of the world in which they live. The Department of Anthropology at Brown is a vibrant, award-winning group of scholars working primarily in the subfields of cultural anthropology, archaeology, and anthropological linguistics. The concentration provides students with a broad introduction to the discipline and includes the major subdisciplines of the field: sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, anthropological linguistics, and biological anthropology. The department also allows students to pursue the Engaged Scholars Program. ESP is for students with an interest in making deeper connections between their concentration curriculum and long-term engaged activities such as internships, public service, humanitarian and development work, archaeological excavations, and many other possible forms of community involvement.
Students in this concentration will:
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Former concentrators have earned advanced degrees in Anthropology or are currently matriculated in Anthropology graduate programs. Many have pursued graduate and professional degrees in fields such as mass communication and advertising, medicine, law, fine arts, public health, and elementary education. Others have applied the analytical, research, writing, and language skills they developed in the concentration to careers outside of anthropology in the following areas: classical music, playwriting, foreign language instruction, international financial consulting, HIV intervention, reproductive health and sexuality advocacy and education, photography, sustainable development and social justice advocacy, and writing and editing children's literature.
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