Studying the humans of the past to better understand ourselves today

What can Anthropology teach me?

When you enroll in the Anthropology program at Columbia Basin College (CBC), you’ll study humans in the past and present day to gain an understanding of human behavior patterns and a wider perspective on the world. Anthropologists strive to understand humans from a cultural and biological perspective. A central concern of today’s anthropologists is applying their knowledge to find solutions to human problems.

"I took an interest in anthropology after I found out about it through the courses and programs list. I am interested in studying human behavior, so I signed up. I was surprised to learn that there are many sub-fields of anthropology and even more careers that branch from it. Out of all the courses I’ve taken at CBC so far Dr. Taff’s biological anthropology course has been my favorite."

Anthropology is typically divided into four categories:

  • Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Biological/Physical Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Linguistic Anthropology

Anthropologists often integrate the perspectives of several of these areas into their research, teaching and professional lives. When you enroll in Anthropology classes at CBC, you’ll develop an understanding of human biological and sociocultural evolution through writing, research and critical thinking.


“The CBC Anthropology department is good at helping students understand and study human variation. Dr. Taff helps students learn to look at questions from multiple perspectives and how to view things from an unbiased perspective. The classes are very engaging and informative even if you aren’t majoring in Anthropology.”

Karisa Marks, CBC Student

Careers in Anthropology

  • Education

    You could teach and conduct research on college campuses. Many university departments or programs have a demand for anthropologists.

  • Corporations and Business

    Corporate anthropologists conduct market research to study consumer patterns that aren’t obvious with statistical or survey methods.

  • Government

    State and local government organizations hire anthropologists for international development, cultural resource management, legislative branch, forensic and physical anthropology, natural resource management and defense and security.

  • Non-profit and community opportunities

    Non-governmental organizations, such as international health organizations and development banks hire anthropologists to help design and implement a wide variety of programs.

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Students in Anthropology class