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A Career Guide for the Anthropology Major


Anthropology is the discipline, both scientific and humanistic, that encompasses the study of the prehistoric, historic, and contemporary development of humans as social and biological beings. A major in anthropology provides exposure to this broad framework for studying humankind through the fields of biological anthropology (the study of human biology), archaeology (the study of past cultures through their artifacts), ethnology (the study of the cultures of contemporary or historic human groups), and anthropological linguistics (the study of the relationship between language and culture). Anthropology is an excellent selection as a major for those interested in pursuing a holistic liberal arts education. It is also ideal as a major for a variety of professional career paths, including other academic disciplines, law, medicine, and business.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Travel
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Conducting field/research studies
  • Intellectual curiosity about people
  • Detail work
  • Analyzing data/presenting findings
Aptitudes
  • Written/oral communication skills
  • Strong memory skills
  • Keen observation skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Adaptability
  • Self-motivation
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Perseverance
  • Ability to interpret data using scientific methodologies
  • Computer literacy
  • Information gathering

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


Courses needed to major in Anthropology come from three groups (Anthropology, Foreign Language and Free Electives). A minimum of 30 credit hours (for freshmen or sophomores) or 27 credit hours (for entering juniors or seniors) is required in Anthropology courses. The maximum credit hours earned in Anthropology courses must not exceed 43 credit hours (overall) or 40 credit hours (upper division).

No more than 15 credit hours of lower-division course work at a four-year institution may be counted within the last 60 credit hours needed at the upper-division. Transfer students must take at least 15 credits of upper division courses in Anthropology at FAU. Students must earn a C or higher in Anthropology courses to receive credit toward the major.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Anthropology graduates:

Anthropologist
Archaeologist
Archivist
Art conservator
Curator
Educator
Travel Agent
Ethnologist
Foreign Service
Government Service
Technical Writer
Research Associate
Consultant
Compliance Officer
Preservationist
Legislative Aide
Lawyer
Urban Planner
Professor

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and  degree requirements, contact:

Dorothy F.Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Boca Raton Campus - Arts & Humanities Building, Room 213 (AH 213)
561-297-3800

Department of Anthropology
Boca Raton Campus, Social Science Building, Room 170 (SO 171)
Tel: 561-297-3230


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the Schmidt College of Arts & Humanities and the Department of Anthropology.

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