Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
Anthropology is the study of human beings and seeks to understand humankind from millions of years ago to the present day. Anthropologists consider how human behavior changes over time, and how people and cultures are both different and the same. Anthropology examines the human condition in scientific and interpretive ways, providing students with the tools to understand cultural diversity and solve pressing problems associated with cross-cultural communication.
The anthropology program at Auburn University takes a four-field approach to the study of the human condition, offering courses in archaeology, physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Students majoring in anthropology will sample the variety of topics within the discipline while gaining specialized knowledge in each of the four fields. Classes are generally small to allow for an intimate exchange of knowledge between faculty and students.
With an undergarduate 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 government, the non-profit and educational sectors, or industry. Anthropologists forge careers in archaeology, cultural resource management, environmental and human impact assessment, analysis, policy making and analysis, and research, among others.
Students must complete 15 semester hours of courses to receive a minor in anthropology. Students must do the following:
- Select two courses (6 hours) from 2000 level classes
- Select three courses (9 hours) from classes at the 3000 level and above
For more information about anthropology
Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Kelly Alley
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
7030 Haley Center
Careers in Anthropology
A student with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology has acquired critical analysis skills, oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and a great understanding of many different cultures, which have many applications in public service, political activism and the private sector.
Career tracks in anthropology do not all focus on academic teaching jobs. Anthropologists also work in a broad array of fields, from government and human services to manufacturing and retail industries. These occupations may involve the following: conducting research, implementing policy, teaching, or providing expertise in the areas of health, development, education, or the corporate world. Some job opportunities require an advanced degree (MA or PhD) while others do not.
Examples of possible employers in each sub-field include:
- Cultural Resource Management (CRM)
- US Forest Service
- Bureau of Land Management
- State highways departments
- Museum and historical society curators and administrators
- Native American tribal organizations
- Non-profit groups
- Relief organizations
- Environmental organizations
- Public policy institute
- Large private consulting firms
- Program administrators
- Human resource specialists
- Development and human services groups
- Foreign service branches
- Intelligence agencies
- Forensic specialists in law enforcement
- Medical examiners
- Primate wildlife specialists in zoological gardens
- Anatomists in public education
- Medical research specialists
- Private consultants for CRM firms and government agencies
Curriculum in Anthropology
|ENGL 1100 English Composition I||3||ANTH 1000 Introduction to Anthropology||3|
|Foreign Language I (College Core)||4||ENGL 1120 English Composition II||3|
|Core History1||3||Foreign Language II (College Core)||4|
|Core Mathematics||3||Core Fine Arts||3|
|SOCY 1000 Sociology: Global Perspective or 1010 Global Geography||3||Core Social Science or Core History to complete the sequence1||3|
|Core Literature1||3||Core Science II||4|
|Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) 2||3||ANTH 2000 Ethnographic Methods||3|
|Core Science I||4||ANTH 2310 Race, Gender, and Human Variation||3|
|ANTH 2100 Introductory Archaeology||3||LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation||2|
|Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence1||3||STAT 2010 Statistics for Social and Behavior Sciences||4|
|ANTH 3300 Physical Anthropology||3||Course from ANTH Tier 43||3|
|ANTH 3100 Language and Culture||3||Course from ANTH Tier 2 or 33||3|
|Course from ANTH Tier 43||3||Electives||3|
|Course from ANTH Tier 2 or 33||3||ANTH 4310 Anthropological Theory4||3|
|Course from ANTH Tier 43||3||Course from ANTH Tier 43||3|
|UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation||0|
|Total Hours: 120|
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.
If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.
Student must meet with their advisers to identify approved courses for Tiers 2, 3, and 4.
ANTH 4310 fulfills SLO 7.
Last Updated: December 11, 2014