Social Anthropology is a constantly evolving, well-established discipline that asks the fundamental question of what it is to be human. It seeks to answer this by examining the diverse ways in which human beings establish and live social lives in the contemporary world.
Anthropology at St Andrews deals with a full variety of human contexts. It has particular strengths in the study of societies of East and West Africa, the Pacific, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia. The Department combines interpretative, experiential, philosophical and historical research that is politically engaged, reflexive and critically aware.