Major In Anthropology

Why Major in Anthropology?

Anthropology majors receive broad training in general anthropology beginning with an introductory course that surveys the entire field. After completing an advanced course in each of four sub-fields (cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and biological anthropology) students choose among a wide variety of upper-level courses. The program allows students many options, some continue on a general track while others specialize in a particular area such as archaeology or applied anthropology.


What Can I Do With a Anthropology Degree?

Anthropology graduates can seamlessly transition into positions associated with museum work, cultural heritage, compliance archaeology, or non-profits. The skill set that anthropology provides is highly prized within the business sector for careers in marketing, human relations and international business. Anthropology also provides a strong academic base for careers and advanced degrees in law, medicine, and social work.

Over the course of your education you will develop many “real world” skills including how to ask research questions, find existing evidence, collect your own data, and analyze it with quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Students can chose a focus in cultural, linguistics or archaeology.

The American Anthropology Association also has some excellent resources on the job prospects and career opportunities for our graduates.

Program Requirements

In addition to a strong liberal arts base of classes, our majors are required to take 30 hours of upper-division anthropology courses. All of our graduates are required to take Introduction to Anthropology (1102), Biological Anthropology (2131), World Archaeology (3131), Cultural Anthropology (3331), Linguistic Anthropology (3431) and our Capstone Seminar in Anthropology (4630).

Suggestions for students interested in Linguistics
ANTH/AAST/LING/POLS 3337 Language, Power, and Politics (3)
ANTH 5530 – Sociolinguistics (3)
ANTH 5631 – Anthropology of Language and Gender (3)

Suggestions for students interested in Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 4337 – Folklife and Folk Religion (3)
ANTH 4431 – European Cultures (3)
ANTH 4331 – Anthropology and Human Problems (3)
ANTH 5331 – Gender and Anthropology (3)
ANTH 5337 – Ethnographic Methods (3)
ANTH 5431 – North American Indians (3)
ANTH 5432 – Southeastern Indians (3)
ANTH 5435 – The South in American Culture (3)
ANTH 5437 – Cultures of Africa (3)

Suggestions for students interested in Archeology
ANTH 4131 – North American Archaeology (3)
ANTH 4132 – Southeastern Archaeology (3)
ANTH 4231 – Methods and Theory in Archaeology (3)
ANTH 4135 – Mesoamerican Archaeology (3)
ANTH 4233 – Zooarchaeology (3)
ANTH 4235 – Advanced Archaeological Analysis (3)
ANTH 4262 – Archaeology Field Session (3, 6 ot 9 hours)
ANTH 5131 – Historical Archaeology (3)
ANTH 5133 – Georgia Archaeology (3)

For a complete overview of all the courses you will need to complete:
Download a list of all the courses you need to complete to graduate.

To see what classes will be offered in the next few years:
Download our course rotation here

Read about the Anthropology Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes for Anthropology majors:

effective Fall 2013

  • SLO 1. Majors in the required subfield classes and graduating seniors will be able to identify and analyze appropriate research literature from scholarly sources in anthropology and be able to cite sources according to the American Anthropological Association’s guidelines.
  • SLO 2. Majors in the required subfield classes and graduating seniors will be able to identify, describe and apply a reasonable subset of theoretical paradigms from within anthropology’s four fields.
  • SLO 3. Majors in the required subfield classes and graduating seniors will be able to describe and explain key research methods of each subfield, relate comparative values of various methods within the subfields and be able to determine which methods should be practiced in a given research project.
  • SLO 4. Majors in the required subfield classes and graduating seniors will be able to construct a meaningful anthropological research question, taking into account time frame, region, cultural group and an element of change or development
  • SLO 5. Majors in the required subfield classes and graduating seniors will be able to explain, and analyze examples of, ethical and legal issues in anthropology
  • SLO 6. Graduating seniors will demonstrate an ability to connect elements of all the four fields of anthropology into a holistic, comparative, culturally relative framework.
  • SLO 7. Graduating seniors will be able to assess career avenues grounded in an anthropological background
  • SLO 8: Majors in the required subfield classes and graduating seniors will be able to design, conduct, and write up an original, theoretically informed, research proposal and/or project in anthropology.

How do I change my major?

Changing your major is easy. Follow these simple directions. However, it’s best to talk with your current advisor and check DegreeWorks to see how switching your major will impact your path to graduation.


Your Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Dr. Heidi Altman Heidi Altman
Phone: (912) 478–5723

Last updated: 7/30/2018

Department of Sociology & Anthropology • P.O. Box 8051 Statesboro, GA 30460 • 912-478-5443