The anthropology major is both exciting and practical with career options that range from forensic anthropologist to urban planner, from product developer to consumer affairs investigator, from museum curator to park ranger. Your degree will prepare you for a professional career related to various people-oriented positions in the public and private sector. In addition, the degree provides excellent preparation for graduate training in anthropology, law, health care and business. We offer both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology. Our faculty members are trained in the four subfields of anthropology: cultural, physical, archaeology and linguistics.
- Our anthropology degree is new to Clemson, but we have offered anthropology as a minor for years.
- With an increasingly international workforce, culture and marketplace, the skill set and knowledge base that an anthropology degree develops are in high demand.
- Our department offers individualized advising for every student, guiding each along the way to his/her ultimate career path.
- Clemson awards both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology.
WHAT YOU'LL STUDY
The anthropology curriculum provides a depth of interdisciplinary knowledge that has direct application for a variety of career fields. You can choose to earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology. With either option, you'll position yourself to educate and enlighten future business and policy leaders on cross-cultural and global diversity issues in sustainability, health sciences, business and technology.
Students who choose the Bachelor of Arts degree will take a foreign language and nine additional hours of social science or humanities courses related to anthropology. Students who choose the Bachelor of Science will take 15 hours of math and/or science courses. These additional courses are useful for the direct application of an anthropological perspective to potential career paths.
You’ll be encouraged to be intellectual leaders on campus by writing and presenting results of your original research and by attending professional anthropology conferences such as the American Anthropological Association, the Southern Anthropological Society and the South Carolina Anthropology Student Conference.
EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
As an anthropology major you’ll have ample opportunities to enrich your classroom education by working on projects in other countries, learning archaeological methods and techniques at summer field schools, gaining work experience through internships, and by performing research alongside faculty members.
Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. While we've had an anthropology minor for many years, our anthropology major is still relatively new. And our students have been consistently accepted into nationally-ranked graduate schools and professional programs.
WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE
RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
M.A. Medieval History
King’s College London
Ph. D. Anthropology
Ph. D. Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph. D. Anthropology
University of Chicago
M. A. History
Miami University, Ohio
COMMON CAREER AREAS
- Human Services
- Case Management
- Criminal Justice
- Forensic Investigator
- Public Administration
- Health Care
- Policy Analysis
- Program Development
- City Planning
- Social Science Research
- Human Resources
- Training and Development
- Public Relations
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