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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
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Department Website Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Degree(s) Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Master of Arts in Social Science

Possible Employment Settings
  • Business
  • Forensic Laboratories
  • Schools of Medicine
  • City, State, or Federal Government
  • Law Firms
  • School Systems
  • International Business
  • Colleges or Universities
  • Libraries Management Firms
  • Community Health Center
  • Newspapers
  • Prehistoric and Historic Preservation
  • Cultural Resource
Occupational Opportunities
  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Art conservator
  • Biographer
  • Community planner
  • Cultural resource preservation
  • Curator
  • Ethnologist
  • Foreign affairs officer
  • Genealogist
  • Health science administrator
  • High school teacher
  • Independent consultant
  • Librarian
  • Linguist
  • Magazine or journal reporter
  • Primatologist
  • Professor in college or university
  • Public health practitioner
  • Research assistant
  • Social services director
  • Technical writer
  • Videographer for ethnographic films


Professional and Student Organizations
Professional Organizations Student Organizations (MyOrgs)
American Anthropological Association Anthropological Club
Society for Applied Anthropology Alpha Kappa Delta
Society for American Archeology Lambda Alpha
Society for Historical Archeology The Sociological Society
Salary Information
Internet Resources

Last updated: 8/2/2019