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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Anthropology

What Can I Do With a Major in Anthropology?

Career options that are directly related to this major include:

  • Field Assistant
  • Classification Worker
  • Assistant to Museum Curator
  • Exhibit Arranger
  • Coroner's Assistant

An undergraduate degree in ANTHROPOLOGY can lead to a diversity of career fields based on the individual student's interests, aptitudes, and goals. Students can focus their career goals by choosing a cognate or minor. At present, the College of Arts and Sciences offers 40+ minors within the College, as well as minors in Business Economics, Finance, Insurance, International Business, Marketing, Management, Management Science, Office Administration, Real Estate, and Pre MBA. Minors in Criminal Justice, Journalism, Environmental Studies, and Social Work are also offered. Entry level opportunities in local, state and federal government for students with undergraduate degrees in ANTHROPOLOGY include:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Park Ranger
  • Budget Analyst
  • Immigration Inspector
  • Congressional Aide
  • Consumer Protection Agent
  • Federal Program Specialist
  • Grant Developer
  • Industrial Protector
  • Management Analyst
  • Peace Corp Volunteer
  • Personnel Specialist
  • Program Planning Aide
  • Public Information Specialist

Undergraduate ANTHROPOLOGY majors may find entry-level positions as management trainees in the following business areas:

  • Banking
  • Industrial Production
  • Retail Management
  • Communication Industry
  • Insurance Companies
  • Industrial Marketing/Distribution

Possible positions in community organizations such as Red Cross, United Way, American Cancer Society, etc., include:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Director of Volunteers
  • Community Organizer
  • Program Coordinator
  • Youth Service Worker
  • Law Enforcement
  • Consumer Affairs Investigator

An advanced degree is essential for professional advancement in the field of ANTHROPOLOGY. Possible positions for persons with advanced degrees include:

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Museum Curator
  • Free-Lance Consultant
  • Professor
  • Anthropological Linguist
  • Applied Anthropologist
  • Psychological Anthropologist
  • Urban Anthropologist
  • Classical Archaeologist
  • Historical Archaeologist

People with professional backgrounds in ANTHROPOLOGY may work in the following areas:

  • Institutions of Higher Learning
  • Industries (with social impact studies)
  • International Firms (needing advisors with sensitivity to cultural differences)
  • International Health and Educational Agencies
  • Private Foundations
  • Religious Agencies (working abroad)

An ANTHROPOLOGY major at the undergraduate level can also serve as a strong arts and sciences base for graduate study in such areas as:

  • Law
  • Public Administration
  • International Studies
  • International Business
  • Library Science
  • Ministry
  • Art History
  • Medicine

If a student wishes to pursue graduate study, he/she should plan the undergraduate program with graduate school requirements in mind.

Students interested in exploring ANTHROPOLOGY as a major should talk with professors in the Anthropology Department (777-6500), with professionals in the field, and with a career counselor about the match of their interests, aptitudes, and goals to the field of Anthropology.

There is a distinct process involved in making a decision about a major or career direction. The Career Center has career counselors and career information to assists USC students and alumni in making the best career decision.