Gain the knowledge and skills to make a difference in local and global communities by earning your degree in Anthropology!
Georgia Southern University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology is a vibrant community of passionate students, award-winning teachers and renowned scholars. Combining comprehensive coursework with practical career training, our program of study gives you the vision to know the questions to ask, the research tools to find the answers, and the skills to turn your findings into social solutions.
Major in Anthropology
The Anthropology degree program at Georgia Southern offers broad, multidisciplinary training in general anthropology, as well as concentrations in four subfields: cultural anthropology, linguistics, archaeology and biological anthropology. Anthropology majors can choose between three tracks of study:
The Field School Experience Track: Anthropology majors participate in the excavation of an archaeological site.
The Internship Experience Track: Anthropology majors complete a supervised internship in a professional setting relevant to anthropology.
The Four-Field Track: Anthropology majors gain broad-based training in the four fields of Anthropology with flexible choices in course offerings.
Work alongside world-class faculty in the field and in our state-of-the-art labs and archaeological repository while pursuing one of four concentrations.
Cultural anthropologists spend extended periods of time observing communities to understand the perspectives, practices and social organization of other groups and cultures to enrich human understanding on a broader level.
Linguistic anthropologists explore how language and communication form the basis for crucial aspects of different societies and cultures. The links between how we communicate and relate to one another, and how we see the world, are central to this field of study.
Archaeologists study human behavior through the artifacts, sites and created landscapes that people leave behind. Students in archaeology will explore the complex and fascinating relationships between past environments, political and economic systems, cooperation and conflict, identity and meaning, and human adaptations in our ever-changing world.
Biological anthropologists examine the similarities and differences found among humans across the world by studying how humans evolve and adapt to different environments. They seek to understand how biology and culture shape our lives.
In addition to a strong liberal arts base of classes, our majors are required to take 30 hours of upper-division anthropology courses.
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.
Field Experience and Anthropology Internship Opportunities
At Georgia Southern, Anthropology students discover the past through hands-on fieldwork and laboratory analysis, learning practical, career-focused professional skills. Recent archaeological projects include survey and testing of
Camp Lawton (a Confederate Army military prison near Millen, Georgia)
Prehistoric Native American encampments, villages and mound sites (along the Savannah River and its tributaries)
Locations in the Savannah national Historic Landmark District (as part of projects with the Digging Savannah public archaeology initiative)
Anthropology majors can earn course credit working in nonprofit organizations, government agencies and other organizations, applying their anthropology training to real-world problems and settings. These experiences allow them to master applied anthropology — when anthropologists connect their research to problems or concerns identified by communities and work with communities toward a solution.
Students gain work experience in archaeological curation and artifact conservation as volunteers and paid employees in our archaeological labs and the R M Bogan Archaeological Repository. Anthropology students may also take their studies abroad, learning in places such as Botswana, Panama and Ireland.
Additionally, students can join the Georgia Southern Anthropological Society, a student organization that builds students’ peer networks and professional connections, arranges field trips to anthropological events and places of interest, helps organize and fund student attendance at anthropology conferences, sponsors guest speakers and explores how we can see anthropology in everything.
The Anthropology degree coursework prepares students for work in a variety of different fields. The skill set anthropology provides is highly prized for careers in anthropology, marketing, human relations, social work and international business.