Anthropology is the study of humankind. It is an extremely broad discipline that is divided into four fields:

  • Archaeology
  • Biological anthropology
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Linguistic anthropology

Within each of the above fields, there are subfields such as forensic anthropology, applied anthropology, and primatology, for example. Therefore, this discipline stretches wide and far. In addition, anthropologists study humans across all of time and space.

At Normandale College, our classes explore the full scope of the discipline - from the biological evolution of our species and the social worlds of our ancestors, to the cultural diversity of our modern world and the challenges therein. 

Anthropology courses teach students to appreciate the cultural diversity of their world and to critically assess their place in it. Our classes give students insight into a wide variety of human experiences, including their own. associated with understanding race, gender, and religious differences in a globalized world.  

Our students learn by thinking, doing, and exploring anthropology. Along with our wide curriculum, we take pride in offering service learning options in many of our courses. This allows students to gain hands-on experience working in our community, and this learning experience becomes a part of each student's college transcript. In addition, nearly all of our courses are offered both online and on campus.