So, what’s Anthropology anyway? | Field Notes with Sangeeta


Hey everyone! I’m Sangeeta and welcome to my new channel,
Field Notes, where I’m going to be talking to you all about one of my favorite things,
Anthropology. I actually ended up getting my undergraduate
degree in Anthropology. I actually started out college as a theater
major. Semester one, I took one physical Anthropology
class and I fell in love. So for today’s video, the first video, I thought
I’d start out by telling you a little bit about what Anthropology actually is. Anthropology is the study of humans, both
past and present. Anthropologists will often look at the similarities
and differences between cultures, such as differences in communication, and other behaviors
like that. Typically Anthropology is divided up into
four separate subfields. We have archaeology, social anthropology,
linguistics and physical anthropology. Archaeology was always my personal favorite. My undergraduate program didn’t require us
to pick a specific focus, but if they had, I would have picked archaeology. I always loved those classes. Next up we have social anthropology, which
is also sometimes called cultural anthropology. This type of anthropologist will study how
people live in cultures all over the world. Even though I love archaeology as I said,
cultural anthropology courses were always fascinating to me. My professors always had really interesting
stories to tell and that’s because what they, and a lot of other cultural anthropologists
do, is spend time living among the communities they’re studying in order to understand them
better. And last but certainly not least, we have
physical Anthropology, which is the study of adaptation, more specifically how humans
throughout history have adapted and assimilated to different environments. Physical anthropologists will also study human
ancestors and even primates. And there are also other types of Anthropology,
like medical anthropology, forensic anthropology and applied anthropology, which is using all
of the above to analyze and hopefully solve some of the worlds current problems. Part of the reason I was so interested in
anthropology is the fact that its part of nearly everything. You can do so much with a degree in Anthropology. You could do museum work and historic preservation. You could do non profit work or advocacy work. You could work in disaster relief. You could work in education. You could work in business or government. As long as there’s a human element to it,
there’s an anthropology aspect as well. On this channel I’m going to make a lot of
different videos sharing different aspects of Anthropology with you and I do want to
say that while I have my degree in Anthropology and I’ve remained passionate about learning
anthropology ever since, I am just one person and if I’ve left something out, please let
me know in the comments below. I’m just one person and I’m one source and
no one should stop with me. There’s a lot more to learn out there and
I will always leave my sources and further reading down in the description box of my
videos. The next video on this channel coming this
Saturday is going to be The Mythology of Tomb Raider, where I talk about the 2013 Tomb Raider
game which is one of my all time favorites, and I’ll talk about what mythology actually
is and talk about the mythology within the game itself. So if any of that sounds interesting to you,
definitely hit subscribe and hit that notification button to be updated when I update. In the comments section down below, let me
know what your experience with Anthropology is prior to watching this video. Did you take a high school class about it? Did you take a college class about it? Is this your first time learning about Anthropology? Is your only other experience with Anthropology
watching Bones? It’s okay if you say yes. I love Bones but we’ll talk about that in
another video. Thanks so much for watching everyone, I’ll
talk to you in the comments section down below and I’ll see you next time.