Anthropology (B.S./B.A.)


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.


  • 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.


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.

Popular Minors

  • Business Administration
  • Modern Languages
  • Political Science
  • Psychology


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.

 Professor Melissa Vogel has taken students to Peru to work on archaeological projects. The most recent centered on the ancient city of  El Purgatorio, a large site covering three square miles and may have been home to some 40,000 people.
  The Czech Republic study abroad trip allows students to explore Central Europe through Czech culture. Visit historic sites and museums, meet Czech citizens and connect to the culture.
  The Anthropology Club participates in community service projects around Clemson, including a mapping and preservation effort at a local cemetery.
 Students also may compete for the college's annual Outstanding Anthropology Student and Anthropology Travel Support awards.



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.



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  • Ph. D. Anthropology

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  • M. A. History

    Miami University, Ohio


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