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

ABOUT

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.

FAST FACTS

  • 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. The three-credit Business Anthropology & Human Behavior Certificate Program is also available to students who wish to explore cross-disciplinary training in business and social science research methods. 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.

B.S./B.A Anthropology / M.S. Social Science: Top undergraduates pursuing an anthropology degree have the option of working toward their master's degree in social science while finishing their bachelor's degree.

Popular Minors

  • Business Administration
  • Modern Languages
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

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.

 This project gives students the opportunity to work with archaeological data from the Fort Hill Plantation, located at the core of Clemson’s campus.
  Students will examine human skeletal material held at the University of Szeged in Hungary.
 The Anthropology Club is open to any student who wishes to discuss or even learn about anthropological topics such as the diversity of cultures around the world.
 Students also may compete for the college's annual Outstanding Anthropology Student and Anthropology Travel Support awards.

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AFTER GRADUATION

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. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.

RECENT EMPLOYERS

  • Independent Research Consultant

    NASA

  • Sales Assistant

    Epicor Software

  • Research Manager

    Edelman Intelligence

  • Staff Scientist/Engineer

    AECOM

  • Tour Guide

    Charleston Outdoor Adventure  

     

RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

  • M.S.

    Medical University of South Carolina

  • M.S. Forensic Science

    Boston University School of Medicine

  • M.A. Theological and Cultural Anthropology

    Eastern University

  • M.A. Archaeology

    University of Kent

  • Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology

    Emory University

  • M.A. Medieval History

    King's College London

  • Ph.D. Anthropology

    Penn State

  • 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
      • Advocacy
      • Administration
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Forensic Investigator
    • Rehabilitation
    • Education
    • Teaching
    • Research
    • Government
    • Public Administration
    • Health Care
    • Archaeologist
    • Policy Analysis
    • Research
    • Program Development
    • City Planning
    • Social Science Research
    • Human Resources
      • Training and Development
      • Recruiting
    • Management
    • Sales
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations

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