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All academic programs offered at the UM help students develop valuable transferable skills. Anthropology addresses both biological and cultural aspects of humans, from the origins of genetic diversity, to the organization of social groups and the human significance of language. This breadth makes Anthropology an ideal liberal arts major. As an Anthropology major, you will study in the various subfields of anthropology‚ archaeological, biological, linguistic, and sociocultural‚ and will develop a broad range of skills.

Related fields include Linguistics, Biology, Psychology, Archaeology, Museum Studies, Organizational Studies, Public Health, and Sociology.



Project Development Skills

Planning long-term projects
Recruiting/coordinating research subjects
Writing grant proposals
Assessing results
Maintaining careful records

Research / Analytical Skills

Reading critically
Gathering and organizing data
Surveying and sampling
Deriving knowledge from artifacts
Applying nonintrusive methods
Computer modeling
Reaching new conclusions through comparative study
Utilizing statistical applications
Examining data or artifacts
Conducting field studies

Interpersonal / Cross-Cultural Skills

Observing human interactions
Understanding group dynamics
Identifying value systems
Recognizing cultural differences and similarities
Adapting to other cultures
Interviewing different populations

Communication Skills

Summarizing results
Writing clearly
Presenting and defending a position
Explaining complex ideas
Communicating across cultures/languages
Understanding language development



Employers seek out individuals who can demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, initiative, and a strong work ethic. Student organizations and campus employment offer valuable opportunities to add to the skills you are developing in your classes. Most majors sponsor specific student groups like an undergraduate organization or an honor society. Other options include study abroad, off-campus employment or volunteering in the community. Finally, a summer internship may be the best way of all to test out a career field and develop marketable skills.



Anthropology majors develop both general and technical skills applicable to a wide range of careers. For example, cross-cultural observational skills may be equally useful whether working as a foundation project manager, a corporate recruiter, or a freelance journalist.

Many majors go on to graduate or professional school. The list below is a sample of careers undertaken by Anthropology graduates.

Project Development Skills

Transplant registry database manager open book icon
Collections manager open book icon
Curator open book icon
Computer simulation model designer open book icon
Foundation program manager
Cultural artifact specialist
Project director

Research / Analytical Skills

Physician open book icon
Coroner/medical examiner open book icon
Behavioral scientist/anthropologist open book icon
Medical anthropologist open book icon
Field archaeologist
Contract archaeologist open book icon
Research fellow
Policy researcher open book icon
Federal/state government analyst
Actuary open book icon
Lawyer/union legal counsel open book icon
Environmental impact assessment researcher green leaf icon
Market research analyst

Interpersonal /Cross-Cultural Skills

Social worker open book icon
Genetic counselor open book icon
Academic advisor/counselor open book icon
Bilingual/bicultural program specialist
English as a Second Language teacher
National and state park interpreter green leaf icon
International agency representative
Congressional committee staff director
Head Start program director
United Nations representative
Employment recruiter
Industrial psychologist open book icon
Travel agent/tour guide

Communication Skills

Public health educator
Advocate (e.g., children, ethnic groups, the elderly)
Museum education director
K-12 teacher, college professor open book icon
Freelance journalist
Web designer|

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The Anthropology major requires courses in each of the subdivisions of the field, totaling a minimum of 34 credits in anthropology at the 200 level and above.

Evolutionary Anthropology majors often pursue further education and careers in the health sciences.  This major, with prerequisites in biology and anthropology, includes five courses in anthropology and three in biology from a predetermined list.

For complete information on course offerings and requirements, please contact:

Department of Anthropology
101 West Hall734-764-7274

Newnan Advising Center
1255 Angell Hall



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The Career Center
3200 Student Activities Building

The Career Guide series was developed by the University of Michigan Career Center, Division of Student Affairs, in cooperation with the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. ©2011 Regents of the University of Michigan