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Anthropology Courses

The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences. - Ruth Benedict, Author, Anthropologist and Folklorist

What is Anthropology?

From the Greek anthropos (human) and logia (study), Anthropology is the social science dedicated to better understanding the human race, from its birth millions of years ago to present day. Using cross-cultural comparisons to explain the ways in which societies develop, anthropologists also show how people from vastly different cultures can still share many similar characteristics.

There are many branches to Anthropology that you could choose to specialize in, including Sociocultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology. Macomb’s Anthropology Courses are designed to give you an introduction to the field of Anthropology and provide a foundation for further study if you decide to pursue a career as an Anthropologist.

Career Opportunities with an Anthropology Degree

Because of their knowledge and understanding of human nature, anthropologists are employed by corporations and governments as well as educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. To follow in the footsteps of famous Anthropologists like Ruth Benedict, or Margaret Mead, you will need a Ph.D. in Anthropology and experience in anthropological or archeological fieldwork – both necessary to become a university professor and/or rise to prominence in the field.

Transfer Pathways to Anthropology Degrees

Credits earned in Macomb’s Anthropology Courses transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan and may be applied to a bachelor’s degree program.

If you intend to transfer and pursue advanced degrees in Anthropology or another field, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

Anthropology Courses at Macomb

  • Introduction to Anthropology: Learn about prehistoric man, racial differences and the growth of language and culture.
  • Introduction to Forensic Anthropology: Learn how to correctly examine the human skeleton and its biological features.
  • Introduction to Archaeology: Learn the techniques, methods and theories archaeologists use to interpret the human past. 

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Anthropology Courses?

For more information on Macomb’s Anthropology Courses, contact the Social Science Department at South Campus, 585.445.7286, or, or at Center Campus, 586.286.2282 or

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