Anthropology and business students on the Napo River in Ecuador, May 2013.

MBC anthropology and business students and faculty on the Napo River in Ecuador, May 2013.

Anthropology is the study of the entire human experience, divided into four main subfields — cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, and archaeology. The anthropology program at Mary Baldwin College provides an introduction to all four subfields but focuses most extensively on cultural anthropology. As the study of contemporary human societies, cultural anthropology attempts to describe, understand, and explain cultural practices in all human communities, including our own.