Anthropology, BS

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Contemplate the roots of human experience. Engage new ideas and explore possible answers regarding the physical and cultural lineage of humankind. A degree in anthropology can open the door to new understandings of what it means to be human.

Anthropology is the study of how and why humans evolved and how evolutionary biological, social and cultural trajectories help explain the meaning of being human in past, present and future environments. The BS program in anthropology gives students an opportunity to master anthropological knowledge and skills, or the anthropologically relevant, through applications of the scientific method and quantitative methodologies.

In core and elective courses, the bachelor's degree program in anthropology allows students to explore problems that may require the use of theories and methods from diverse disciplines, including biology, global health, applied mathematics, psychology, economics, sociology, medicine, law and engineering. The curriculum provides many exciting, hands-on learning opportunities through laboratories, study abroad and field-based courses.

Students currently enrolled in the BS in anthropology may not pursue a concurrent degree with the Bachelor of Arts in anthropology or the BA in global health due to the high level of overlap in curriculum. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.

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Anthropology, BS

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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 perspective, 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 large and small private and public organizations
  • curating cultural resources
  • directing nonprofit organizations
  • directing programs in the private or public sector
  • managing cultural resources in public and private 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
Compliance Managers 8%$105,610
Investment Fund Managers8%$105,610
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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