Anthropology

Address: 426 Graham Building
Phone: 336.334.5132
Web site: https://anthropology.uncg.edu/

Majors & Concentrations

  • Anthropology (BA) U101
  • Anthropology (Social Studies Lic) (BA) U102

About the Major

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology allows a broad choice of study for students among the subdisciplines of anthropology: biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and archaeology. We provide a holistic and critical approach to studying the diversity of the human condition across both time and space.
  • A minor in anthropology is available to further students' interests and career objectives and can provide an excellent added value to a wide variety of different majors.

What's Unique about Anthropology at UNCG?

  • We teach, research, and practice anthropology to explore the human experience across time and space, critically analyzing the interactions among biology, culture, identity, and power.
  • The department participates in interdepartmental programs in African American studies, archaeology, international studies, and linguistics.
  • The licensure in social studies high school teaching allows the student to receive a B.A. in anthropology and simultaneously pursue high school teaching licensure in social studies.

Student Opportunities

  • Students are encouraged to "do anthropology" by engaging in a variety of hands-on learning experiences (e.g., summer field schools) and by participating in ongoing faculty research in the laboratory, field, and community.
    • The faculty at UNCG are active researchers who seek to include students in their work whenever possible. Some of the work in which you can participate includes:
    • archaeological fieldwork at regional prehistoric and historic sites
    • ethnographic research among North Carolina farmers and newly settled immigrants
    • paleoanthropological fieldwork in Africa, Europe, and the American West
    • laboratory research in paleoanthropology, skeletal biology, and forensic anthropology
    • primate behavioral research at zoos or in the field
    • prehistoric archaeological fieldwork in Peru
    • ethnographic research in Mexico
  • Students are encouraged to present their research at national and regional professional conferences. In recent years, students have traveled to Washington, D.C., Tampa, and Santa Fe to present posters and papers on their research projects.
  • The department strongly supports the use of internships and other service learning opportunities as ways for students to begin to practice anthropology and to more fully participate in their local communities. Students interested in internship opportunities should contact Dr. Susan Andreatta (s_andrea@uncg.edu).

Careers for Anthropology Majors

  • Today, anthropologists work in a surprising number of fields and careers. Even the corporate world recognizes the value of the skills that anthropologists can bring to the workplace. Anthropologists can be found in many corporations, at all levels of government, at educational institutions, in health care and social service agencies, in museums, and in nonprofit organizations. The skills anthropologists bring to the workplace make them valued employees of many organizations. Your anthropology degree will strengthen your skills in:
    • observation
    • interviewing
    • living with diversity
    • listening and writing
    • understanding social context
    • critical thinking and analysis
    • problem solving
  • Careers of former UNCG anthropology students include research analysts at the National Academy of the Sciences, associate professor at Georgia State University, information security officer at Bank of America Corporation, and various positions in nonprofit organizations.
  • Some of our students choose to continue their study of anthropology at the graduate level in order to work in academe or research. These students would normally plan on earning a Ph.D. (typically five to eight years of graduate school). Other students might earn an M.A. degree (typically two to three years of graduate school) and plan on an applied career. There are many options for graduate study in anthropology. Some of the schools attended by our students include The University of New Mexico, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina, University of South Florida, Western Carolina University, The University of Tennessee, University of Maryland, Purdue University, Michigan State University, East Carolina University, Rice University, Indiana University, and University of Kentucky. Your faculty members are ready to individually advise you on career and graduate study options.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

  • Lambda Alpha (national honor society for anthropology majors) requires a 3.5 GPA; Dr. Susan Andreatta, adviser
  • The Student Anthropology Society (SAS) strives to encourage interest and academic involvement in anthropology through lectures, field trips, concerts, and social outings; join us on Facebook!

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