Frequently Asked Questions: General
What is Anthropology?
Anthropology is the study of people, in all times and in all places. Anthropology consists of 4 fields: Cultural Anthropology (the study of human culture), Physical Anthropology (the study of the human body), Archaeology (the study of what humans left behind), and Linguistics (the study of human language). For more information on each of the 4 fields of Anthropology, please see the appropriate question on this page.
What is Linguistics?
Linguistic Anthropology is the study of human language, and the relationships between language and other aspects of human behavior. It includes the study of the origin and evolution of human languages and the study of language distribution and variation. Linguistic Anthropology also includes topics such as language and gender, language and power, language revitalization, language in medical settings, and more.
What is Cultural Anthropology?
Cultural Anthropology is the study of human cultures around the world, and how different aspects of life are similar or different in other cultures. Cultural Anthropology looks at family life, religion, art, economics, politics, and many more topics. Subfields of Cultural Anthropology include Business Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Legal Anthropology, Environmental Anthropology, and lots more. For almost any topic you can think of, there are Anthropologists studying it!
What is Anthropology 4U?
Anthropology 4U is a small business created by Keirsten E. Snover, and it is focused on educational outreach. It brings Anthropology to the general public, and makes the discipline accessible for all ages. Anthropology 4U offers a unique educational experience for life-long learners, by providing online and in-person courses in all 4 fields of Anthropology. To learn more, please visit the About section of this website.
What is Physical Anthropology?
Physical Anthropology is also known as Biological Anthropology and is the study of the human body. It includes primatology (the study of primates, such as chimpanzees), the study of human variation (such as genetics and adaptation), osteology (the study of human bones), and paleoanthropology (the study of human evolution). Physical Anthropology also includes Forensic Anthropology, which involves studying human remains.
How Do I Take a Course?
Anthropology 4U currently offers online courses through Udemy, taught by Keirsten E. Snover. Please visit the Academy section of this website, and click on the the title of the course you want to take. Then, click the Enroll button. Or, visit Keirsten’s instructor profile on Udemy and choose your class from there. Classes will be offered directly through the Anthropology 4U website by fall 2020. New courses will be added every few months. In the future, Anthropology 4U will be offering in-person classes in Spokane, Washington (USA).
What is Archaeology?
Archaeology is the study of the material things that humans left behind, through excavation and analysis. It includes prehistoric Archaeology (the study of people before the development of writing) and historic Archaeology (the study of people after the development of writing). It even includes Underwater Archaeology, the study of material remains under the oceans, such as shipwrecks.