BA in Anthropology

Students majoring in Anthropology will explore the diversity of topical fields within the discipline while gaining specialized background in these areas. With an undergraduate degree in Anthropology, students can continue their academic work in a number of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences at the graduate level, or prepare for a profession in archaeology, cultural resource management, environmental and human impact assessment, data analysis, demography, international trade or cultural exchange, policy analysis, government service or related avenues. Students can also minor in Anthropology or pursue the discipline as a double major.

Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Kelly Alley
e-mail: alleykd@auburn.edu

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
7030 Haley Center
Phone: 334-884-5049
Fax: 334-844-2851

Careers for Anthropology Majors

A student with a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology has acquired critical analysis skills, oral and written communication skills, "people" skills, and a great understanding of many different cultures, which have many applications in public service, political activism and the private sector.

An emphasis in Sociocultural Anthropology could prepare one for work in development, community organizing, policy analysis, and social research. Linguistic Anthropologists may work in the areas of inter-cultural communication, language revitalization, and literacy programs. An emphasis in Archaeology yields prospects for entry-level employment or degree-related careers with one of many Federal and State agencies and private cultural resource management firms. Biological and Medical Anthropologists have the skills which are useful in the growing sector of health related occupations and traditional research. Anthropology graduates are regarded as having excellent preparation for professional training in Law, Medicine, Public Health, School Administration, and Urban Planning.

Research/Education

  • Academic Advisor/Counselor
  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Art Conservator
  • Behavioral Science Advisor
  • Bilingual/Bicultural Program Specialist
  • Collections Manager
  • College Professor
  • Computer Simulation Model Designer
  • Contract Archaeologist
  • Ethnologist
  • Field Archaeologist
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Foundation Program Manager
  • Genealogist
  • Librarian
  • Linguist
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Museum Curator/Technician
  • Media Planner
  • Multicultural Education Specialist / Director
  • Paleontologist
  • Scientific Linguist
  • Social Science Analyst
  • Teacher, Elementary/Secondary
  • Teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Vocational Teacher

Government/Public Service

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Researcher
  • Community Development Officer
  • Community Planner
  • Congressional Committee Staff Director
  • Coroner/Medical Examiner
  • Cultural Artifact Specialist
  • Cultural Resource Manager
  • Foreign Affairs Officer
  • Friend of the Court Caseworker
  • Head Start Program Director
  • Immigration Inspector
  • International Agency Representative
  • National/State Park Interpreter
  • Peace Corps Area Director
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Probation Officer
  • Park Service Supervisor/Director
  • Rural Development Officer
  • Social Insurance Representative
  • State/Federal Government Policy Analyst
  • Urban Planner

Health and Human Services

  • Advocate
  • Family Service Counselor
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Health Science Administrator
  • Job Counselor
  • Medical Anthropologist
  • Physician
  • Public Health Educator
  • Social Worker
  • Social Service Agency Planner
  • Transplant Registry Database Manager

Business

  • Actuary
  • Advertiser
  • Biographer
  • Corporate Communications Consultant
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Researcher
  • Employment Recruiter
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Insurance Claims Adjuster
  • International Visitor Escort/Consultant
  • Journalist
  • Loan Officer/Bank Officer
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Personnel Management Specialist
  • Staff Training Specialist
  • Technical Writer
  • Tour Guide
  • Travel Agent/Guide
  • Travel Consultant
  • Union Legal Counsel

Curriculum in Anthropology

The anthropology program takes a four-field approach to the study of the human condition, offering courses in archaeology, physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ANTH 1000 Introduction to Anthropology3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core History13Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Core Mathematics3Core Fine Arts3
Elective 2Elective3
 15 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
SOCY 1000 Sociology: Global Perspective or 1010 Global Geography3Core Social Science or Core History to complete the sequence13
Core Literature13Core Science II4
Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) 23ANTH 2000 Ethnographic Methods3
Core Science I4ANTH 2310 Race, Gender, and Human Variation3
ANTH 2100 Introductory Archaeology3 
 16 13
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence13STAT 2010 Statistics for Social and Behavior Sciences4
ANTH 3300 Physical Anthropology3Course from ANTH Tier 433
ANTH 3100 Language and Culture3Course from ANTH Tier 2 or 333
Course from ANTH Tier 433Electives5
Elective3 
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Course from ANTH Tier 2 or 333ANTH 4310 Anthropological Theory43
Course from ANTH Tier 433Course from ANTH Tier 433
Electives9Electives9
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.

2

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

3

Student must meet with their advisers to identify approved courses for Tiers 2, 3, and 4.

4

ANTH 4310 fulfills SLO 7.

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Last Updated: March 05, 2014