In cartoons and movies, anthropologists are often shown wearing pith helmets and shorts in a tropical jungle or digging up mummies in the desert with a pyramid in the background. These images are not entirely wrong. Some anthropologists actually do that sort of thing. However, anthropology is much more diverse than these stereotypes indicate. It involves a broadly-based comparative study of human biology, society and culture, past and present. Because of the emphasis on comparison, anthropology has paid special attention to small-scale societies outside the Western European cultural tradition, but nowadays anthropologists can be found doing research in cities and factories as well as in villages and hunting camps. Within the discipline of anthropology there are several broad areas of specialization: Physical anthropology, Archaeology, Linguistic anthropology, Social and cultural anthropology, and Applied anthropology
At Grenfell, most anthropology courses fall into the categories of applied or social/cultural anthropology. Courses in anthropology provide a valuable background for students who intend to specialize in the fields of social/cultural studies or humanities, as well as medicine, nursing, social work, law, business, government, communications, and many other These courses are taught as part of the interdisciplinary social/cultural studies program, which also includes courses in folklore and sociology.
For a full list of anthropolgy courses offered at Grenfell Campus please visit the Memorial University of Newfoundland calendar.