What is Anthropology?
Anthropology is the study of human beings. Students of anthropology study the origins of human life, how humans have evolved, and the history of humankind. They also study the sciences of human life and human behavior. They look at how human beings relate with one another and how groups of people organize themselves into societies.
Is Anthropology a Good Major / Degree for Me?
Are you fascinated by other cultures? Do you love to go to museums? Do you get excited about the idea of traveling to foreign countries? Do you work well independently? Are you open-minded? Do you enjoy watching Bones? Do you enjoy reading and researching? Do you enjoy critical thinking? Are you a strong communicator? If you’ve answered yes to some of these questions, then a degree in anthropology might just be for you!
High School Classes Needed for an Anthropology Degree in College:
- 4 English Credits
- At least 3 Math Credits
- At least 3 Lab Science Credits
- At least 3 Social Studies Credits
- At least 2 Foreign Language Credits
- If your high school offers the following courses, take advantage!
- AP U.S. History
- AP Biology
- AP Human Geography
Common Anthropology Courses in College:
- Art in Primitive Society
- Cultural Anthropology
- Culture and Communication
- Culture and Health
- Culture and Society
- Forensic Anthropology
- Human Evolution
- Jaws, Teeth, and Forensic Dentistry
- Origins of Civilization
- Physical Anthropology
- Prehistoric Technology
- World Religions
Similar Degree Programs You Might Want to Explore:
- African-American Studies: the study of the history and cultures of North Americans of African descent
- Archaeology: the study of the history of societies
- Geography: the study of the earth, its features, and the distribution of populations
- History: the study of the past
- Native American Studies: the study of the history and cultures of Native Americans
- Peace Studies: the study of war, conflict, peace, and nonviolent conflict resolution
- Political Science: the study of government and politics
- Psychology: the study of the human mind and of human behavior
- Sociology: the study of societies and human social behavior
Individuals who earn degrees in anthropology can go on to careers such as:
- Cultural Specialist
- Genetic Counselor
- Museum Curator
- Social Worker
- Travel Guide
Many students who earn anthropology degrees choose to go on to graduate school for further and/or specialized training.