Department of Anthropology (ATY)
College of Arts & Sciences
426 Graham Building
Thomas K. Fitzgerald, Professor and Interim Head of Department
Professors Baber, Helms, Mountjoy, Sandford; Adjunct Professor Hoffman; Assistant Professors Andreatta, Innes; Adjunct Assistant Professor Parsons; Lecturers Bogdan, Davis
Anthropology is a broad discipline which includes physical anthropology - the study of humans as biological animals; cultural anthropology - the study of humankind in a cultural perspective; archaeology - the recovery and interpretation of ancient human biological and cultural remains; and linguistics - the study of language in culture and society.
The general undergraduate major provides for extensive study in cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and physical anthropology. Majors who develop a particular interest in one of the subdisciplines may pursue a concentration in that area up to a maximum of 60 hours. Majors have opportunities to develop mentoring relationships with members of the faculty on current research projects as well as fieldwork projects. Internships in various agencies are also available.
Anthropology as a major prepares individuals to pursue many avenues of career development. It is the basis for a career as a professional anthropologist. Anthropology combined with other courses of study as double majors enhances career possibilities and professional development. There are, however, increasing opportunities for anthropologists to work in government agencies and business. In such settings, the knowledge which they have may be applied to the solution of human problems.
Through the accelerated master's program, an anthropology major may earn both a master's degree in a related field and a bachelor's degree in anthropology in approximately five years. Majors must begin planning early in this program as well as obtaining careful advising. Opportunities exist for an MA in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration.