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Academic Information: - top

What is Anthropology?  top

The Anthropology program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Anthropology track and an Anthropology minor. Anthropology is the discipline that bridges the humanities–science divide, examining humanity across the widest possible perspective, from our biological origins, through the prehistoric past, and into the full diversity of our modern cultural and social differences. It promotes not only a better understanding of others and the cross-cultural interactions that play such a vital role in our increasingly global societies, but also of ourselves.

In either of these programs, students will gain a broad knowledge of human biological and cultural diversity in the past and present, an ability to think critically about the often-contentious issues raised by this diversity, and the ability to communicate their knowledge and opinions through a wide variety of media. Anthropology provides an interdisciplinary foundation for graduate work in the social sciences and a useful background for anyone who will find themselves working with people of other cultures, either here or abroad, whether in business, medicine, teaching, or advocacy groups. Anthropologists work as activists, archaeologists, health care workers, marketing consultants, crime scene investigators, administrators and researchers in a wide variety of fields, and even create realistic languages for fictional worlds in Hollywood!

Career Information  - top

Possible Job Titles  -  top

Health and Human Services

  • Social worker*
  • Public health educator
  • Advocate (e.g. children, ethnic group members, aging)*
  • Genetic counselor*
  • *Physician
  • Transplant registry database manager*
  • Job counselor


  • Anthropologist
  • Archeologist
  • Field archeologist
  • Bilingual/bicultural program specialist
  • Museum education director
  • Academic advisor/counselor*
  • Teacher of English as a second language (ESL)
  • Computer simulation model designer*
  • Anthropology professor*
  • Contract archeologist*
  • Collections manager*
  • Foundation program manager
  • Marketing researcher
  • Media planner
  • Vocational teacher


  • Museum curator/researcher
  • Genealogist
  • U.N. research worker
  • International relief representative
  • Salvage archeologist
  • Collections assistant
  • Heritage conservationist
  • National Natural Landmarks officer
  • Historic preservationist
  • Research:
  • Environmental researcher
  • Medical anthropologist
  • Interviewer
  • Highway safety researcher
  • Population planning assistant
  • Anthropometrist
  • Geneticist
  • Zoologist
  • Paleontologist


  • Urban planner
  • Archivist
  • Resource specialist
  • Classical anthropologist
  • Historical archeologist
  • Artifact conservator
  • Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Diplomatic service
  • Consumer researcher<
  • Immigration official/advisor
  • Urban renewalist

Additional Titles:

  • Paleontologist*
  • Archaeologist*
  • University Professor*
  • Market Research Analyst*
  • Primatologist
  • Forensic Scientist*
  • Medical Anthropologist
  • Museum Technician
  • Cultural Resource Manager
  • Ethnographer
  • Multicultural Education Specialist
  • Ethnologist
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Program Director
  • Refugee Services Coordinator
  • Survey Researcher
  • Project Development Officer
  • Epidemiologist
  • Community Worker *
  • Foreign Service Officer*

Government/Public Service

  • Friend of the Court caseworker
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs researcher*
  • National/state park interpreter
  • International agency representative
  • Cultural artifact specialist
  • Congressional committee staff director
  • Coroner/medical examiner*
  • Head Start program director
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Public Policy Analyst/Planner
  • State/federal government policy analyst


  • Actuary*
  • Industrial psychologist*
  • Employment recruiter
  • Loan officer/bank employee
  • Union legal counsel*
  • Environmental impact assessment researcher
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Government Research Analyst
  • Travel agent/guide
  • Journalist
  • Human resources manager
  • Management consultant
  • Marketing manager
  • Public relations representative
  • Public opinion pollster
  • Researcher
  • Sales campaign planner
  • Underwriter insurance
  • Travel agent or tour guide
  • Sales/marketing representative
  • International hotel manager
  • Bank manager
  • Consultant cross cultural relations


  • Linguist
  • Technical writer
  • Newspaper columnist
  • Educational television researcher
  • Biographical writer
  • Scientific/technical writer
  • Reporter
  • International affairs correspondent

Human Services:

  • Urban social planner
  • Anthropological linguist
  • Rural development worker
  • Ethnic groups special concerns advocate
  • International development administrator
  • Inter-cultural educator, Peace Corps, VISTA, UNESCO, FAO
  • Academic Advisor
  • Fund raiser
  • Grant writer
  • Affirmative action officer
  • Public health worker
  • Foundation worker
  • Psychological anthropologist

Additional Titles:

  • Kinesiologist*
  • Social Worker*
  • Forensics Specialist*
  • Immigration Officer*
  • ESL Teacher*
  • Archivist
  • Conservator
  • Lobbyist
  • Rural Development Officer
  • Coroner/Medical Examiner
  • Linguist
  • Librarian
  • Foreign Aid Worker
  • Research Consultant
  • Public Health Educator
  • Museum Education Director
  • Federal Government Policy Analyst
  • Policy Scientist
  • Volunteer Coordinator

*Denotes additional education required

Typical Places of Employment  - top

  • Colleges and universities
  • Museums
  • Consulting firms
  • Public and private research organizations
    [Philadelphia Geriatric Center, Yerkes Primate Research Center]
  • Government Agencies (Census Bureau, AID)
  • Corporations [IBM]
  • Businesses (domestic as well as international trade)(RJR, Nabisco)
  • Archaeological Consulting Companies
  • Government and Community Org.
  • Physical Anthropological Labs
  • International Agencies
  • Business/Market Research Firms
  • Non-profit agencies (Ford Foundation)
  • Hospitals
  • University-affiliated medical centers
  • Research Design Labs
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Historical societies
  • Libraries
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Publishers
  • Non-profit agencies

Required Skills and Abilities  - top

Project Development

  • Planning long-term projects
  • Recruiting/coordinating research projects
  • Writing grant proposals
  • Evaluating
  • Maintaining records
  • Developing project designs


  • Ability to work well with all people
  • Demonstrates an openness to differences in culture, beliefs and language
  • Insight into social issues
  • Interviewing
  • Understanding group dynamics
  • Observing human interactions
  • Working in another culture
  • Surveying and sampling
  • Identifying value systems
  • Recognizing cultural differences/similarities

Other Skills:

  • Interviewing people to obtain information about their attitudes, customs, and beliefs
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Working cooperatively with others
  • Understanding group dynamics
  • Adapting to varied cultural conditions
  • Presenting/defending a position
  • Summarizing results
  • Writing clearly


  • Organizing information/materials during research
  • Managing time efficiently
  • Presenting theories/ideas/viewpoints in a comprehensive manner

Project Development

  • Planning long term projects
  • Recruiting/coordinating research
  • Writing grant proposals
  • Evaluating
  • Maintaining records


  • Gathering and organizing data
  • Careful record-keeping and analytical skills
  • Deriving knowledge from artifacts
  • Applying non-intrusive methods
  • Computer modeling
  • Reaching new conclusions through comparative study
  • Utilizing statistical applications
  • Examining data or artifacts
  • Conducting field studies


  • Summarizing results
  • Writing clearly
  • Presenting/defending a position
  • Communicating across cultures/languages
  • Understanding language development


  • Writing effectively
  • Attention to detail
  • Preserving objects by selecting chemical treatment, temperature, humidity
  • Drawing maps and constructing models to scale
  • Photographing sites, objects, people, occasions


  • Using statistics and computer science to analyze data.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Providing insight to social problems by supplying information as to how problems are dealt with in other cultures
  • Adapting approaches used in public relations, marketing, or politics to different population groups
  • Analyzing craft techniques
  • Interpreting or translating

Alumni Resources  -  top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to our Mentor Network)

-Tim Beachley - Beachley Business Solutions - Owner    
-Kathy Condor - Allegany College of Maryland - Director, Health & Human Services    
-Thomas DiLuchio - Ericsson - Account Director    
-Jordan Estes - Delaware Public Health Laboratory - Microbiologist II
-Kevin Gates - Worcester Prep School - Personal Counselor    
-Sean Griswold - Depuy - Synthes Spine - Associate Sales Consultant
-Neil Hallowell, Jr. - EA Engineering, Science, and Technology - Scientist \ Engineer

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - top

♦ FAQ's about Careers in Archaeology
 Frequently Asked Questions About Archaeology and Archaeologists (Society for American Archaeology)

FAQs for Students (Society for American Archaeology)

Ask the Experts: AIA Archaeology FAQ (Archaeological Institute of America)

Archaeology FAQ: How do I get to be an Archaeologist? (About Archaeology by K Kris Hirst)

Professional Organizations:

American Anthropological Association (AAA)

The main professional organization for anthropologists in the United States. The AAA is an umbrella organization composed of many “sections,” each focusing on a particular topic.

Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)

One of the two professional organizations for applied anthropologists in the US

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA)

The other professional organization for applied anthropologists in the United States. NAPA is a section of the AAA.

Professional Anthropology Associations

Professional associations are a good way to connect with other people interested in anthropology and to learn more about research and career opportunities.

Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA)

The association for linguistic anthropologists. This group is a section of the AAA.

Washington Association of Anthropologists (WAPA)

An association for applied anthropologists who work in the Washington area. Many of them hold government-related positions. This is the largest regional group of applied anthropologists, with several hundred members. The association sponsors many activities throughout the year.

Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)

The association for medical anthropologists. This group is a section of the AAA.

Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE)

A section of AAA focusing on education.

Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA)

A section of AAA focusing on Latinas/os.

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