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Anthropology

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Anthropology is a discipline concerned with people in their entirety: our evolution and physical variation, the remnants of our prehistoric past, the cultural and linguistic diversity of human societies past and present.

Anthropology has four subfields: archaeology, anthropological linguistics, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology. An anthropological education begins with learning the fundamentals. This means taking courses representative of all four subfields.

Why Study Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of people. It is also the collective name for a group of humanistic and biological sciences. The four major fields in anthropology: archaeology, anthropological linguistics, cultural anthropology, and physical anthropology. An anthropologist asks the questions and studies: “What does it means to be human?” “Why does a group behave in a particular way?” “What events in history have shaped the behavior of a group of people?” “What environmental factors have influenced why people act the way they do?”

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Human Relations
  • Interviewing
  • Surveying and sampling
  • Examination of data and artifacts
  • Ability to conduct field studies
  • Ability to work with other cultures
  • Knowledge of history
  • Investigative thinking
  • Understanding environmental phenomena
  • Organizing people, information, data, & equipment
  • Artifact illustration
  • Map reading skills
  • Competency in another language
  • Ability to work in primitive conditions

Being Successful in the Field

  • Most professional anthropological jobs require agraduate degree.
  • Those interested in anthropology may specialize in one of its fourbranches: archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, or physicalanthropology.  Many subfields exist within the larger specialties suchas forensic anthropology, a subfield of physical anthropology. Typically students take a general curriculum as an undergraduate andspecialize through graduate studies.
  • As the demand for university/college faculty positions decreases,most openings will exist in consulting firms and government agencies.
  • To increase your employment opportunities with a bachelor's degree,consider minoring or double majoring in another field such associology, business, urban planning, or public administration.
  • Anthropology provides a solid background for a variety of graduateprograms including law, medicine, forensics, or genetic counseling. Research admissions requirements and take prerequisite courses.
  • Anthropology is good preparation for jobs thatinvolve people skills and require an understanding of cultural differences.
  • Spend a summer in field school or travel and studyother cultures.
  • Volunteer to help with a professor's research.
  • Gaining relevant work experience through internships,practicums, part-time jobs, or volunteer positions is critical.

Related Fields

Education

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Student Affairs
  • Library/Information Science
  • Non-classroom Education

Employers

  • Universities/colleges/community colleges
  • University research institutes or laboratories
  • Campus museums
  • Zoos
  • Nature centers

Strategies

  • Earn a Ph.D. in Anthropology for university and college faculty positions or an M.A./M.S. for community college positions. 
  • Earn a graduate degree in College Student Affairs, Library/Information Science or related field for work in student affairs, administration, or libraries. 
  • Gain research experience by assisting professors or participating in independent studies. 
  • Maintain a high GPA and develop strong professional recommendations. 
  • Develop excellent communication and presentation skills. 
  • Get involved in campus leadership positions such as Resident Assistant, Peer Advisor, or Admissions Tour Guide.

Museums and Archives

  • Management/Administration
  • Curatorship
  • Conservation
  • Restoration
  • Research
  • Education
  • Libraries
  • Development

Employers

  • Natural history or history museums: Universities, State, federal or local, Private
  • Archives
  • Historical Societies

Strategies

  • Plan to earn a graduate degree in anthropology, museum studies, library science (with an emphasis on archives) or other related discipline depending upon specific interests.  Gain relevant experience through internships or volunteering positions in museums.  Develop a strong attention to detail.  Be prepared to relocate to access the most employment opportunities.

Archaeology

  • Cultural/Resource Management
  • Research
  • Excavation
  • Field Work

Employers

  • Consulting firms
  • Environmental/engineering companies
  • Firms specializing in archaeological investigation
  • Federal, state and local government
  • Urban and city planning offices
  • Historic preservation societies

Strategies

  • Field positions require a B.S./B.A. and previous field experience. 
  • Getinvolved with faculty research or other research programs. 
  • Obtain agraduate degree to direct field crews. 
  • May need a willingness totravel and endure adverse living/working conditions during fieldstudies or excavations. 
  • Working conditions and hours vary with the type of work/research performed.

Government

  • Administration
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Surveying
  • Site Management
  • Excavation
  • Research
  • Museum Conservation
  • Legislative Compliance Review
  • Program Management and Evaluation
  • Impact Assessment: Social, Environmental
  • Policy Analysis
  • Urban Planning
  • Translation/Interpretation

Employers

  • Federal agencies including:
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • Central Intelligence Agency
    • Department of Conservation
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • Natural Resources
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • National Institutes of Health
    • National Park Service
    • Public Health Service
    • Smithsonian Institute
    • Tennessee Valley Authority
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
    • U.S. Department of State
    • U.S. Forest Service
  • State Agencies:
    • HistoricPreservation Offices
    • ParksDepartments
    • HighwayDepartments

Strategies

  • Learn federal or state application procedures. Graduate degree generally required for higher-level positions.
  • Gain related experience through internships in areas of interest.
  • Develop statistical, analytical and computer skills and learn various research methodologies.
  • Get involved in campus organizations to develop leadership abilities and interpersonal skills. 
  • Consider earning a minor or double major to qualify for particular areas of interest, e.g.learn a foreign language for translating/interpreting positions.

Nonprofit

  • Administration
  • Program management and development
  • Policy analysis
  • Fund Raising/Development
  • Research
  • Grant Writing
  • Counseling

Employers

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Social service agencies
  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Private foundations, e.g. The Ford Foundation
  • International organizations, e.g. The World HealthOrganization, The International Red Cross, and the United Nations

Strategies

  • Seek volunteer and internship positions to gain experience.
  • Hone skillsin public speaking, writing, and programming.
  • Obtain a degree incounseling for therapy positions. 
  • Learn to work well with people from varying backgrounds.

Business

  • Management
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Public Relations
  • Consulting

Employers

  • Business corporations in various industries such as:  banking, retailing, insurance, financial services, travel and tourism.
  • Cultural resource firms
  • International companies
  • Consulting firms: management, scientific, technical

Strategies

  • Many businesses hire students of "any major" if they have relevant experience and have developed the skills employers seek. 
  • Minor in business or another relevant field. 
  • Obtain related experience through internships, summer and part-time jobs. 
  • Develop strong analytical and computer skills. 
  • Learn to work well on a team. 
  • Get involved in campus organizations and seek leadership roles.

Communications

  • Documentary Film Production
  • Photography/Photo journalism
  • Journalism
  • Writing/Editing
  • Publishing

Employers

  • Colleges and universities
  • Government agencies
  • Government and private museums
  • Local historical societies or sites
  • Television and motion picture industry
  • Internet media companies
  • Independent production companies
  • Publishing houses
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Freelance/self-employed

Strategies

  • Minor or double major in a communications field. 
  • Develop excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • Submit articles or books for publication. 
  • Work for campus or student run publications. 
  • Demonstrate talent, persistence, assertiveness, competitive spirit, and enthusiasm. 
  • Compile a portfolio of writing, graphics and ideas. 
  • Develop strong computer skills. 
  • Obtain internship, summer or part-time experience with book, magazine, or newspaper publishers. 
  • Develop an attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.

Other Professions

  • Archeology – Field technician, project management
  • Federal and State agencies – archeologists and anthropologists can work in many local agencies.
  • Museums - Exhibit design, conservation of and research with collections, museum administration.
  • Teaching – In many universities individuals with Anthropology back ground teach, conduct research and provide excellent insight to students on cultural and human evolution over time. Also professors are involved in writing for magazines and publishing books in this field.
  • World wide non-governmental agencies such as WHO, UN, World Bank and FAO hire anthropologist and archeologists
  • Anthropologist
  • Archivist
  • Bilingual program specialist
  • Collections Manager
  • Ethnologist
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Foundations Program Manager
  • Genealogist
  • Linguist
  • Paleontologist
  • Scientific Linguist

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Laurenn York  110 Student Services Building  ldjarem@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-0735 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Ryan Gray  Schroeder Hall 344  krgray2@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8669 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing periodfor freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA

2.25

Middle 50% GPA

2.44 - 3.57

Required Courses

None

Recommended Courses

None

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Ryan Gray  Schroeder Hall 344  krgray2@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8669 

Middle 50% GPA

2.44 - 3.57

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

Applications are always available.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Ryan Gray  Schroeder Hall 344  krgray2@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8669 
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