Anthropology

1. What is the Anthropology major?
2. What careers interest students in this major?
3. What skills are developed within this major?
4. What Anthropology resources are available?
5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?
6. Where can I get more information about the Anthropology major?

1. What is the Anthropology major?

“Anthropology”–from the Greek anthropos (“human”) and logia (“science”) –is the scientific study of humankind, from its beginnings millions of years ago to the present day. Its subject matter is both exotic and commonplace. Its focus is both sweeping and microscopic. Anthropologists may study the environmental impact of a new industry, the folklore of West Virginia, primate disease patterns, prehistoric cultures in North Carolina, or secret societies.

A common thread links these vastly different projects. The common goal is to advance knowledge of who we are and how we came to be that way. Because the subject matter of anthropology is so broad, an undergraduate major in anthropology is part of a broad liberal arts background for men and women interested in any career, including law, environmental studies, government, business, international relations, medicine, and in just being a well-educated citizen.

The broad focus within the Anthropology major is especially valuable to students seeking to develop expertise in planning, decision-making, and management. Anthropology’s scope and intellectual perspective prepares students to make objective, far-sighted decisions at the professional level in any career field, either at home or abroad.

2. What careers interest students in this major?

Careers that often interest Anthropology majors include:
Archaeologist
Employer Trainer
Foreign Service Officer
Government Service Executive
Historian
Historic Site Representative
Labor Relations Advisor
Librarian
Market Research Analyst
Museum Curator
Paleontologist
Professor
Public Health Service Officer
Research Assistant
Social Worker
Travel Writer
Urban Planner

3. What skills are developed within this major?

Skills developed within this major include: Writing; Planning projects; Interviewing; Surveying; Sampling, gathering, and organizing data; Conducting field studies; Understanding of different cultures and diversity; Communication; Attention to detail; and Ability to summarize information.

4. What Anthropology resources are available?

Society for American Archeology
Society for Applied Anthropology
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
American Association of Physical Anthropologists
National Geographic Society
Food and Agriculture Organization
North Carolina Archaeological Society
American Museum of Natural History
Archaeological Conservancy
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Center for World Indigenous Studies
Cultural Survival
Anthropology Links (CUNY)
Careers in Archaeology (Texas A & M)
Non-academic Careers in Anthropology (UCSD)

5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?

Click here to see where Anthropology majors have landed jobs after graduation.

6. Where can I get more information about the Anthropology major?

For more information about the Anthropology major, visit the WFU Department of Anthropology.