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Anthropologists seek to understand humans and human cultural practices, from our beginnings to the present day. Those who are trained in anthropology use biological, cultural, linguistic, and archaeological aspects to consider how and why human cultural practices and biological makeup change over time. By doing so, anthropologists reveal the many similarities different human groups share, despite our cultural and biological diversity.
Anthropologists benefit human societies in a number of ways. Working both in the US and internationally, many anthropologists help to solve real-world problems through their work with local, state, and federal agencies and non-profit organizations, such as UNESCO, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the Centers for Disease Control. They may do so by addressing human rights concerns, the social and cultural consequences of natural diseases, or equitable access to limited resources. Anthropologists who specialize in archaeology are typically employed with cultural resource management companies, museums, and historic preservation groups to interpret the human past, conserve our cultural resources, and provide public education programs.
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. A degree in anthropology opens doors to a number of different career paths, particularly in the fields of advocacy, business, research, teaching, public service.
In the AUM Anthropology concentration, you’ll learn from expert faculty members who are active researchers and have professional experience. You’ll have plenty of hands-on learning opportunities—from internships, field practicums, archaeological fieldwork, working with collections in the lab, museum curation, and more. If graduate school is in your future, we’ll help you prepare for it.
Take a look at some of the scholarship opportunities in the Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work department, and feel free to contact us with any questions.
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What you will know with a concentration in Anthropology from AUM
The courses in this program help you become a critical thinker, with skills such as collecting and evaluating information, drawing conclusions and evaluating those conclusions.
Surveys with employers tell us that writing, researching, presenting, and critical reading are important career skills for serious job candidates. You’ll start developing those and other skills as you launch a lifetime of learning.
This program will help you prepare for graduate studies—should you choose to pursue them—to advance in your career and have the best shot at advancement or leadership roles.
Through case studies using real world examples, hands-on assignments, internship opportunities, and professional networking opportunities, you’ll be ready to jump into the job market.
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Through classwork and internships, our graduates are well prepared to read, write, analyze, argue, prove, and respond. These skills are vital in many career paths.
With a sociology degree with a concentration in Anthropology, you will be ready to undertake a variety of career choices. AUM’s Career Development Center helps you jumpstart your job search and use your network to expand your career options.
Is a Degree in Sociology with an Anthropology concentration right for me?
With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.
|Career/Job Title||Entry-level Education||Job Growth 2020-2030||Annual Median Salary|
|Archivist, Curator, and Museum Worker||Bachelor’s degree||19% (Much faster than average)||$50,120|
|Anthropologist||Master’s degree||7% (As fast as average)||$61,910|
Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.
Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts, History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.
Official Name of the Anthropology Degree
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Concentration in Anthropology
This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.
To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, fine arts, and electives. Contact us for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.
The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration offers. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.
|Course #||Course Name||Course Description|
|ANTH 3100||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.|
|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 3810||Language in Culture and Society||Examines the relationship between languages and their cultures and societies.|
|ANTH 3820||Historical Archaeology||Overview of methods and theories used by historical archaeologists. Emphasis on North American history from 15th to 20th|
|ANTH 4940||Field Archaeology||Active field participation using the techniques of excavation, site mapping, data recording, artifact recovery, and photography.|