Anthropology is the study of the origin, development, and behavior of humankind. Specifically, this study provides the unique basis for the four major anthropological fields of study: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, and most recently, Applied Anthropology. Regardless of which field of study is chosen, student’s gain solid anthropological knowledge of human cultural behavior and human-environment interaction. This broad understanding of culture behavior and human interaction provides for preparation for work in all sectors of the economy including business, government, education, and the nonprofit. These opportunities may include contract archaeology, jobs that involve working with other cultures, and employment requiring general skills of social science.
Ecological and environmental anthropology at the University of Georgia examines the past and present reciprocal relationship between humans and the natural world. Our archaeological, biological and cultural anthropology investigations yield critical knowledge of diverse dimensions of the human experience that we then apply in socially relevant ways.
Here at UGA, students can either major or minor in anthropology. Those who major in anthropology receive a Bachelors of Arts degree. All students majoring in anthropology must take ANTH 1102 (Introduction to Anthropology) or ANTH 2120H (Honors Introduction to Anthropology) as a prerequisite to major courses. Under the semester system, the major in anthropology requires at least one course in each of the three main subfields (biological, cultural, archaeological) plus additional elective courses in anthropology.
Beyond the Classroom
A good way to bolster your resume and find out more about anthropology is to get involved in professors' research in the field or in their laboratories. Many professors are willing to have undergraduates volunteer or participate in work-study in their research, and some even hire undergraduate workers. The best thing to do is just ask! Each week the department will have talks and other scheduled activities that you are welcome to join. See flyers posted in Baldwin Hall for details.
Possible Work Areas
|Cultural Resource Management (CRM)||Evaluation/Assessment|
|Historic Preservation||Health (international/public health)|
|Museum/Curation/Project Design||Environment and Natural Resources|
|Advocacy (human rights/social justice)||Tourism/Heritage|
|Human/Social Services||Healthcare Management/Services/Deliver|
|Computers/Software Development/Information Technology||Management Consulting/Organizational Development/Training|
|Design (products and/or services)||Social Impact Assessment|
|International Development/Affairs||Market Research|
|Forensics||Law/Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement|
|Mass Communication||Humanitarian Efforts|