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Take a broad perspective on humankind.

When you take a broad perspective on humankind, you’ll always have something new to learn, often through first-hand fieldwork. Anthropology is concerned with people and cultures around the world, past and present, as well as our closest primate relatives. If you want to learn about the human condition and its many facets, like family, privilege, gender, race, power, language, ritual, and myth, then the intensely interdisciplinary field of anthropology may whet your intellectual curiosity.

Anthropology is a bridge across the humanities, social sciences, and STEM that will prepare you for global opportunities. You’ll be ready for graduate school or a career in business, public health, regional planning, social justice advocacy, journalism, museum work, sustainable development, and more.

Statement by the Faculty of the Department of Anthropology

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Grinnell Offers Summer Classes for the First Time Since 1947

The spirit of community and desire to care for students prompted the quick development of summer classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Growin' Green Since 2018

Across the street from campus at the corner of Park Street and 6th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, sits a 30–by-80-foot plot that’s been tilled and cared for. In the milder months, you’ll see it filled with crops like peppers and radishes, and you’ll see Grinnellians working there.
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Gates Lecturer: Michael Puett, Harvard University

Gates Lecturer: Michael Puett, Harvard University Michael Puett will present two lectures: “Ritual, Sincerity, and Human Flourishing: What Chinese Philosophers can Teach Us About the Good Life” and “Creating Worlds: Imagination and Interpretation in Classical China.”
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United States

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