Today we live in a global and rapidly changing world. New technologies, improved transportation, and international businesses have created new avenues for people from different cultural backgrounds and across social differences, to interact, form relationships, and share ideas with one another.
These same global connections demand new approaches to conflict, societal problems, and global concerns such as climate change, inequality, and migration. An anthropology major prepares you both to actively engage a changing world and to develop unique approaches to grappling with it.
Career Skills in Anthropology
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Visit BA in Anthropology, under the Career Paths tab, to learn more. You can also see our anthropology alumni career stories.
All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and anthropology majors develop specific skills that are applicable to a wide variety of careers.
The anthropology major aids you in navigating our diverse, multicultural world by developing your critical thinking skills in areas such as globalization, politics, race, and human biological and cultural diversity. These skills include strong cross-cultural knowledge and understanding, ability to conduct and explain anthropological and scientific research, the ability to work well with diverse groups, and strong written and verbal communication skills.
As your career develops, you will also discover that your degree strengthens your ability to network and collaborate with future colleagues, both at home and abroad. Furthermore, our courses prepare you to examine important societal questions and problems from multiple perspectives and offer unique solutions
As a result, anthropology majors build their careers in a wide array of fields, including (but not limited to) medicine, law, business, journalism, international relations and foreign affairs, forensics, cultural resource management, public policy, museum curation, and careers in nonprofit organizations.
SuperStrong Interest Inventory
Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values.
The interest code "IRE" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major.