Anthropology is the study of all cultures
across time and space. Through comparative studies, anthropologists determine
how people of the world are similar and different. They engage in issues such
as health care, human rights, law, industry, development, global population and
more. Anthropologists explore questions important to all parts of the human
experience as they concern us and engage our imagination.
There are four ways that anthropologists study cultural
variation among humans across time and space. The first is
Archaeology, which studies past human
cultures through the analysis of physical remains. Second,
Anthropology, which studies human and non-human primates both in
the past and the present through a biological lens. Third,
Anthropology, which studies living peoples’ ways of
life. And fourth,
Linguistic Anthropology, which studies
and the nature of language.
What can I do with a degree in Anthropology?
You may be thinking about or already decided on a degree in
Anthropology. At some point in time, you may ask yourself (or more likely your
friends and family may ask you): What can I do with a degree in Anthropology?
The most obvious answer is an advanced degree, conducting research and
teaching, like your professors. Some do go on to do exactly that. However,
academe isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, the possibilities for those with a
degree in Anthropology are almost endless.
Most job applications will not require or even ask for a
"degree in Anthropology,” but those holding a degree or degrees in
Anthropology bring important skills to a large number of fields - education,
health care, museums, social work, international development, government,
organizational psychology, non-profit management, marketing, publishing,
business and forensics – just to name a few.
Those degrees that require
a graduate degree – law, medicine, public policy, education, etc. – require the
critical reading, writing and thinking skills emphasized in your anthropology
courses. Practicing and applied anthropologists who continue in academe to earn
a masters or a Ph.D. may find careers outside of academe in fields of ecology,
public health and Cultural Resource
Employers may not be
familiar with the qualifications Anthropologists bring, so you may want to
target your specific skills to the qualifications they require. For example,
applying to medical school? Be sure to emphasize your knowledge of the role
culture plays in how people from various cultures access and understand health
care. Do you want to work in business or marketing? You may want to emphasize
your knowledge of various cultures and how you can easily fill the role of a
If you find you are interested in both Anthropology and another
field, you can always double-major or major-minor, so that your two chosen
fields complement each other. Interested in pursuing a career Cultural Resource
Management (CRM)? Majors in both Anthropology and in another field in science
would prepare you for an
in Archaeology/CRM. No matter what path you choose, your academic
advisor in the Anthropology Program is here to work with you to plan your
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