Anthropology is one of the most diverse disciplines in the university. Spanning human evolution, the development and heterogeneity of language and culture, human history, and the diversity of cultures past and present, the field has broad scope, utilizes a variety of methods, addresses basic issues about human origins and human life, and maintains commitment to understanding social life and using this understanding to improve society.
Anthropology students quickly recognize the many opportunities in cross-cultural study and experience that Cornell offers, both in Ithaca and abroad. They are urged to make use of Cornell’s many programs, to study new languages, do comparative projects, learn about several world areas, and develop critical awareness of their own values. In this way, students design their major to enhance their general education, to prepare for graduate and professional programs, or to acquire a background for careers in business, diplomacy, international affairs, cross-cultural work in the arts and humanities, and other fields involving issues of cultural diversity. A major in anthropology opens many doors and closes none.