Why Study Anthropology?
Anthropology is one of the few areas of study to combine fascinating course work with practical career training. The study of "who we are and how we came to be that way" not only provides a well-rounded Liberal Arts education but also gives students an edge on many careers and jobs in today's globally competitive world. In these times of narrow specialization, anthropological study is refreshingly broad.
Taking anthropology is one way to show that you have a solid Liberal Arts background with a special awareness and understanding of ethnic and cultural differences--skills which qualify you for work in many fields of business and for further professional training whether it be in anthropology, international relations, sustainable development, or a variety of other fields. Through anthropology, students learn to view human events from a number of perspectives and to develop the analytical and problem solving skills necessary for any of the careers listed below and many more.
Most professional anthropologists with advanced degrees are employed in research and teaching positions at colleges and universities, and some in museums. In recent years, more anthropologists have begun to use their training in nonacademic occupations. Anthropologists now work in federal and state government, with international agencies (AID, Oxfam, World Bank), in school systems and businesses, for research firms, and in administrative jobs as social analysts, managers or program officers.