Anthropology

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The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a B.A., B.G.S., and a Minor in Anthropology. Anthropology is the study of past and present human societies. It is one of the most wide-ranging of the academic disciplines. Anthropologists are concerned with the origin, history, and future of our own species, so the field is as diverse as people are.

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Sample of Related Skills

  • Research the evolution of humankind from its beginnings several million years ago to the present day 
  • Understand the human condition, from cooking recipes to dance steps, from sacred rituals to child's play 
  • Analyze how different peoples of the world organize their lives and societies 
  • Research how people adapt to diverse cultural and biological situations 
  • Research language, its history, and its evolution as a way to understand humans and their culture 
  • Analyze behaviors and describe contemporary and historical cultures 
  • Understand the biological aspects of human existence

Popular Career Paths

Archeology: Focuses on material objects that people in the past have made, and learning the meaning behind these objects, particularly beliefs or behaviors.

Biological Anthropology: Involves the study of the evolution of the human body, as well as our primate relatives.

Cultural Anthropology: Involves understanding and internal workings of societies which can include religion, politics, ecology, and symbolism of a culture.

Linguistic Anthropology: Includes the study of language in different cultures.


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Jobs to Consider

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Biological Anthropologist

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Cultural Anthropologist

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Ecologist

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Historical Archeologist

Linguistic Anthropologist

Medical Anthropologist

Museum Exhibit Designer

Paleoanthropologist

 

Park Guide

Physical Anthropologist

Practicing Anthropologist

Project Development Officer

Researcher

Social Anthropologist

Tour Guide

 


Places to Seek Employment

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Colleges and Universities

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Department of the Interior

Ethnic Agencies

Foreign Aid Agencies

Historic Preservation Offices

Historical Societies

International Health Organizations

Museums

National Institutes of Health

National Park Service

 

Non-Profit Organizations

Public Health Centers

Social Service Agencies

United Nations

U.S. Forest Service

World Health Organization

Zoos

 

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify the skills and abilities related to anthropology, and find job markets that match your interests.
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, field work, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in anthropology, such as the Kansas Anthropological Association, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. List of practice questions: general interview (pdf).
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume (pdf).
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
  8. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
  9. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: Undergraduate Anthropology Association or Graduate Students for Anthropology .

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