Anthropology is the study of humanity through time and space. Anthropology is a holistic discipline - we look at the whole of the human condition including culture, human biology and evolution, music, art, and the cultural remains of peoples past. There are four sub-disciplines in the field of anthropology—cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, linguistics and archaeology. As a science, each of these sub-disciplines uses the skill set of any scientist which includes observing natural/cultural phenomena, employing research methodologies, creating and testing hypotheses, applying theories, and developing vast datasets.
All four courses offered at Anoka-Ramsey satisfy the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 5: History and Behavioral Science. Principles of Archaeology and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology also satisfy Goal Area 8: Global Perspective, whereas Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Environmental Anthropology also satisfy Goal Area 10 – People and the Environment. There are active Departments of Anthropology at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, St. Cloud State University, and the University of Minnesota.