Anthropology

What Is It?:

Anthropology, which views human biology, behavior and society (both past and present) in a cross-cultural perspective, combines scientific and humanistic interests in a modern social science framework. It includes biological anthropology (biological diversity and evolutionary history of human and nonhuman primates), archaeology (human prehistory and the organization and growth of technology), socio-cultural anthropology (comparative study of social structures and institutions from hunter-gatherer settings to urban settings), and anthropological linguistics (comparative study of languages and communications). 

For more information, please visit the Department of Anthropology.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • ANTH 102—Human Origins and Culture
  • ANTH 103—Anthropology in a Changing World

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period. 

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Anthropologist 
  • Archeologist 
  • Archivist 
  • Biographer 
  • Comparative Linguist 
  • Conservator 
  • Consumer Researcher 
  • Cultural Resource Specialist 
  • Diplomat 
  • Educator 
  • Ethnologist 
  • Forensic Scientist 
  • Genealogist 
  • Generic Counselor 
  • Medical Advisor 
  • Museum Curator 
  • Museum Worker 
  • Paleontologist 
  • Parks Consultant 
  • Park Ranger 
  • Peace Corps Volunteer 
  • Public Health Worker 
  • Research Assistant 
  • Resource Manager 
  • Sociologist 
  • Urban Planner

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Analyst
  • Caseworker
  • Community Development Specialist
  • Community Service Administrator
  • Ecotourism Director
  • Employment Recruiter
  • Field Archaeologist
  • Friend of the Court Caseworker
  • Immigration Inspector
  • Information Officer
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Legislative Aide
  • Management Trainee
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Multicultural Museum Technician
  • Program Leader 

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Anthropology Club: offers academic guidance and opportunities, organize social events, and travel to conferences to enrich the experience of students interested in Anthropology
    • The Association of Biological Anthropologists at UIUC: provides a forum for discussing new ideas, new and classic biological anthropology publications, and to hear invited speakers from within the diverse field of Biological Anthropology

Related Skills:

  • Careful record keeping
  • Attention to details
  • Clear thinking
  • Scientific research methods
  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical reading
  • Oral and written expression
  • Observation and interviewing

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Anthropology, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Anthropology.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Anthropology.  These organizations include American Anthropological Association and Society for Historical Archaeology.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Anthropology, visit Undergraduate Programs.