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Anthropology

Major Information

A major in Anthropology prepares a student to work in business, research, teaching, and social services. An anthropologist studies human behavior from the past, as well as contemporary problems. An anthropologist asks the questions: “What does it mean to be human? Why does a group behave in a particular way? What events in history have shaped the behavior of a group of people? What environmental factors have influenced why people act the way they do?” They are interested in exploring the biological and the cultural bases of human behavior. The anthropologist studies how people move around the earth, how people in different parts of the world are different and how they are alike. The field is broad and has many subfields: archaeology, linguistics, cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, as well as specialties that relate to many subjects, including economic anthropology, medical anthropology, forensic anthropology, and business anthropology.

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Master of Arts in Social Science

Sample Occupations

  • Anthropological Linguist
  • Anthropologist
  • Anthropology Teacher
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Cartographer
  • Conservationist
  • Cultural Anthropologist
  • Curator
  • Diplomatic Officer
  • Education Director
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Researcher
  • Environmental Resource Worker
  • Ethnographer
  • Ethnologist
  • Genealogist
  • Geographer
  • Government Administrator
  • Historian
  • Librarian
  • Medical Anthropologist
  • Museum Cataloguer
  • Museum Conservation Specialist
  • Museum Director
  • Museum Exhibitions Officer
  • Museum Information Specialist
  • Museum Technician
  • Paleontologist
  • Park Naturalist
  • Park Service Superintendent
  • Photographer
  • Physical and Biological Anthropologist
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Research Director
  • Site Manager
  • Social Anthropologist
  • Sociologist
  • Surveyor
  • Travel Guide
  • University Professor
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Writer/Editor

Sample Work Settings

  • Advertising Agencies
  • College/University Consulting Firms
  • Community Health Center
  • Environmental  Companies
  • Foreign Service Agencies
  • Foundations
  • Government Agencies
  • K-12 Schools
  • Laboratories
  • Law Firms
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • National Parks
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Prehistoric and Historic Preservation
  • Regional Development and Planning
  • Research Institutes
  • Social Service Agencies

Sample Employers

  • American Civil Liberties Campaign
  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Borgen Project
  • Council of Hemispheric Affairs
  • GBI
  • Hope to Haiti
  • Front Line Strategies, Inc.
  • Smithsonian National Museums
  • US Department of State
  • National Defense University

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2 bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $15

Self Directed Search – $15

https://students.georgiasouthern.edu/career/s tudents/assessments/

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

National Association of College and Employers  (NACE) 

http://www.naceweb.org/salary resources/index.aspx 

Professional Organizations

American Anthropological Association

www.americananthro.org

Society for Applied Anthropology

www.sfaa.net

Society for American Anthropology

www.saa.org

Society for Historical Archeology

www.sha.org

Helpful Internet Sites

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

www.aafs.org

Anthropology.net

www.anthropology.net

Southeastern Archaeological Association

www.southeasternarchaeology.org

Résumé Tips

  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology 
  • Include information on your classroom, lab, and field experiences.  Research emphasizes your data collection and analysis skills.
  • Include your research methods class.
  • Include conference attendance and memberships (professional affiliations).

Last updated: 7/26/2022