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 forensic anthropology, applied anthropology, 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. 

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.


Learn what it means to be human by thinking and doing Anthropology at Normandale Community College.


Study the diverse perspectives of human beings, past and present, from around the world within the following courses:


Explore human diversity with hands-on projects and fieldwork experiences with the following courses:


Expand your understanding of human culture with these regularly offered courses: