Anthropology

Career Options

Knowledge of the developmental processes that explain biological and cultural differences is relevant to a variety of careers and advanced study. Pre-law students profit from the cross-cultural study of conflict and conflict resolution; pre-medical students from courses in human evolution and population genetics as well as the cross-cultural study of health and disease. An anthropology degree also provides students with a solid liberal arts background with a special understanding of ethnic and cultural differences, as well as the critical thinking skills necessary to pursue a master's degree or PhD in anthropology, other social science fields, or the humanities.


According to the American Anthropological Association, anthropologists aren't only found studying primates in exotic locations such as Africa. Anthropologists want to know why things happen; they tackle big human problems such as overpopulation, warfare and poverty, and they work in a broad range of settings, from corporations and all levels of government to educational institutions and nonprofit associations.


Graduates holding anthropology degrees enter such fields as health care, law, education, social work, conservation, business and personnel management, advertising and marketing, journalism, public relations, counseling, community development, international development, museum work, environmental services, government, forensics and contract archaeology.