Anthropology (BA)

Anthropology helps students develop strong critical-thinking and oral and written expression skills, which are important for success in many careers. The BA program in anthropology gives students an opportunity to learn how and why humans evolved and how our evolutionary biological, social and cultural trajectories help us understand the meaning of being human in past, present and future environments.

In this degree program students learn how to use the scientific method to formulate and test hypotheses and gather qualitative and quantitative data through participant observation, interviewing, ethnographic study, careful excavation and measurement. They also learn how to employ statistics to analyze and extract meaning from data.

A special feature of the ASU anthropology program is its relevance to other disciplines and many exciting hands-on learning opportunities in laboratories and through study abroad and field-based courses.

Degree Offered

Anthropology (BA)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Location
Tempe, Online

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Career Outlook

The demand in the job market for people with an anthropology background is stimulated by a growing need for researchers and analysts with keen thinking skills who can manage, evaluate and interpret large amounts of data. As the many spheres of human interaction expand globally, people trained in anthropology will increasingly be sought for their broad, holistic knowledge and perspectives, which are the hallmarks of anthropology. Some career opportunities include:

  • acting as legal advocates in international cases
  • analyzing and proposing policies
  • conducting postgraduate academic research
  • consulting for private and public organizations
  • curating cultural resources
  • directing nonprofit organizations
  • directing programs in the private or public sector
  • managing culture or heritage resources in private or public sectors
  • modeling infectious diseases
  • planning communities
  • providing health care as nurses, doctors or public or global health professionals
  • teaching

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Anthropologists4.5%$62,280
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary 10%$81,580
Archivists 14.3%$51,760
Compliance Managers 8%$105,610
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 10.5%$72,230
Investment Fund Managers8%$105,610
Curators 14%$53,770
Museum Technicians and Conservators 12.4%$40,670
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8%$105,610
Sociologists1.3%$79,650
Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary 9.8%$73,080

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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