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Anthropology is also an applied science and the anthropologists at Rutgers-Newark have a particular strength in the anthropology of peace and conflict. Members of the department work closely with the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights and the International Institute for Peace in seeking to understand the causes of violence and conditions for peace worldwide. Our relationship with these centers also provides opportunities for students to do research and applied work.
The anthropology major provides students with an understanding of human life in the widest historical and comparative framework. This major provides a rounded education that prepares students for advanced degree work and for careers in education, research, government service, and many other kinds of employment—such as sales, NGO work, or executive office work—where knowledge of human relations is important.