Program Description

Anthropology is the study of all humans, past and present. Per the American Anthropological Association, anthropology helps one to “understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history” as it draws from social, biological, and physical sciences, as well as the humanities. The study of anthropology provides you with skills that are useful for living and working in today’s world and interacting with people from many different cultural backgrounds. Anthropology graduates are critical thinkers and effective communicators who are able to be productive members of working groups by generating relevant information and making informed decisions. Anthropological training concentrates on three broadly transferable skill areas — understanding human diversity, building research skills for collecting and making sense of information, and communicating effectively.

The complement of knowledge gained through the study of anthropology is applicable to a wide array of careers. Government, academia, business, and community service organizations are four of the job sectors that many undergraduate anthropology students pursue. Other graduates of anthropology programs choose to seek further study and advance to graduate school.

If the evolution of societies and cultures over time and space fascinates you, AUM’s Sociology major with an Anthropology concentration will let you jump right in. We offer students opportunities for hands-on experience with research, archaeological excavations, museum curation, and more.

Anthropology Plan of Study

Anthropology – Four Year Plan

Points of Pride

  • The AUM Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Department’s students regularly participate in annual meetings of the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association, the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, and other conferences of regional professional organizations. Some students have even presented their own research.
  • The department’s professors regularly publish highly regarded research reflecting the expertise in their fields. The specific subjects we specialize in include sociology of families, religion, and education, as well as urban sociology, archaeology, and social work. Our professors bring this expertise into the classroom every day.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries nationally.

Employment of life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 97,400 new jobs. The median annual wage for life, physical, and social science occupations was $66,070 in May 2018.

Today’s anthropologists do not just work in exotic locations. Anthropologists can be found in a surprising array of fields and careers: corporations, all levels of government, educational institutions and non-profit associations. After completing graduate work, some academic anthropologists find careers in university programs such as schools of medicine, epidemiology, public health, ethnic studies, cultural studies, community or area studies, linguistics, education, ecology, cognitive psychology and neuroscience.

Many corporations look explicitly for anthropologists, recognizing the utility of their perspective on a corporate team. A corporate anthropologist working in market research might conduct targeted focus groups to examine consumer preference patterns not readily apparent through statistical or survey methods. These anthropologists use their research skills to talk to consumers and users of technology to find out how products and services could be improved to better meet the needs of consumers.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample


Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Museum archivist/curator

$46,300 per year

7% (2,100 more jobs)


$55,870 per year

2% (100 more jobs)


$59,280 per year

4% (300 more jobs)

The federal government is one of the largest employers of anthropologists. Possible career paths include:

  • International development
  • Cultural resource management
  • The legislative branch
  • Forensic and physical anthropology
  • Natural resource management
  • Defense and security sectors

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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Auburn University at Montgomery
Liberal Arts 331
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Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Anthropology program includes:

Course # Course Name Course Description
ANTH 3300 Anthropology of Death and Dying Examines cultural practices and ideas associated with death, including the dying process, rituals associated with grief, mourning, and burial, and ways of remembering the dead.
ANTH 2120 Archaeology The history, principles and methods of investigating and reconstructing past cultures.
ANTH 3800 New World Civilizations Prehistory of Mexico, Peru and adjacent areas, tracing the development of state level societies from the earliest inhabitants to European contact, including the Teotihuacan, Aztec, Mayan and Peruvian cultures.
ANTH 3810 Language in Culture and Society Examines the relationship between languages and their cultures and societies.
ANTH 4030 Social and Cultural Change Research and theories in social and cultural change. Emphasis on the causes and consequences of cultural and social change in traditional, modern and postmodern societies.
ANTH 4100 Biological Anthropology Human evolution, evolutionary theory, natural selection, genetics, hominid origins and ancestry, and archaeological methods for recovery and interpretation of the fossil record. Emphasis is placed on the concept of adaptive fitness and variation in diverse physical environments.
SOCI 3820 Historical Archaeology Overview of methods and theories used by historical archaeologists. Emphasis on North American history from 15th to 20th
SOCI 4940 Field Archaeology Active field participation using the techniques of excavation, site mapping, data recording, artifact recovery, and photography.

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