Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the differences and similarities among the four branches of anthropology.

  2. Understand the importance of the biocultural approach to anthropological inquiry.

  3. Understand the general history of American anthropology as founded by Franz Boas.

  4. Identify several different research areas in physical anthropology.

  5. Explain what it means to say that physical anthropologists practice an interdisciplinary science.

  6. Identify the six major attributes that separate humans from other animals, and understand why these attributes are important in defining what it means to be human.

  7. Explain the steps involved in “doing science” (i.e., the scientific method).

  8. Distinguish between hypotheses and theories.