Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
Have you ever wondered why people do what they do? Or why culture is the way it is? Anthropologists ask questions like these and explore how people and cultures across the world and throughout time have changed. Simply put, anthropology is the study of human beings.
A B.A. in anthropology provides students with the tools to understand cultural diversity and cross-cultural communication and to solve contemporary human problems. Auburn's anthropology program features a four-field approach and trains students in cultural anthropology (human variation), physical anthropology (cultures’ adaptation to their environment), archaeology, and linguistics (influence of language on culture). Anthropology faculty specialize in the areas of Southeast Native American cultures, ecology and the environment, women’s studies, and bioarchaeology, with emphases in Indian, Chinese, and Caribbean cultures. Students learn how to apply their knowledge to global issues outside of the classroom, such as social and environmental policy, international policy, medical anthropology, forensic anthropology, and the Auburn archaeology field school.
Anthropology stresses basic research and analytical skills that prepare students for professional and graduate schools and for careers in education, government, human services, manufacturing, and biotechnology. Anthropology graduates enter the workforce with an understanding of people and culture that enables them to have an impact locally and globally.
Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in anthropology from the Career Center’s Pathways.
Minor in Anthropology
A minor in anthropology requires a total of 15 hours of coursework in anthropology including:
- two 2000 level classes
- three 3000- or 4000-level courses
For more information about Anthropology
Dr. Kristrina Shuler, director of anthropology
- 7052 Haley Center
- 7030 Haley Center
- (334) 844-5049
Careers in Anthropology
A student with a 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.
Anthropologists 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).
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 GEOG 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: June 21, 2016