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Longwood's Anthropology department offers a broad range of courses preparing majors for fields across a variety of career paths from cultural anthropology to archaeology. The study of human behavior, Anthropology, allows majors an often unique and objective way in viewing the world around us. Anthropology, along with other majors, offers a variety of classes, preparing students for real world experience. Courses such as the Longwood Archaeology Field School has traveled all the way to the British Virgin Islands, providing students with international relations experience. Archaeology Field School has maintained its current site at the Randy K. Wade Site in Charlotte County, Virginia, the location of a thousand year old Saponi Indian site. Anthropology explores cultural and social relations, human biology and evolution, languages, music, art and architecture, and human habitats. Anthropology seeks to examine how human behavior changes over time, how various cultures are different as well as similar to one another. The four fields of Anthropology include cultural anthropology, linguistics, physical anthropology, and archaeology. Many Anthropologists specialize in specific geographical areas, such as West Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, North America, and so on. These geographical locations are also broken down into particular populations in a locale or region. While Anthropologists are known for their curiosity, Anthropologists incorporate a strict belief in objective research, maintaining a sense of third-hand observation.

Jane Goodall- "If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way."

Career Fields associated with Anthropology Majors:

  • Advertising Campaign Manager
  • Fund-raiser
  • Physician
  • Analyst
  • Genealogist
  • Planner
  • Applied Anthropologist
  • Health Services Provider
  • Police Officer
  • Archaeologist
  • Historical Archaeologist
  • Policy Consultant
  • Art Director
  • Interpreter
  • Practicing Anthropologist
  • Bilingual Educator
  • Lawyer
  • Product developer
  • Biological Anthropologist
  • Librarian
  • Professor
  • Conservator
  • Linguistic Anthropologist
  • Project Evaluator
  • Counselor
  • Manager
  • Registered Nurse
  • Cultural Anthropologist
  • Market Researcher
  • Researcher
  • Cultural Resource Manager
  • Medical Anthropologist
  • Service Provider
  • Curator
  • Museum Exhibit Designer
  • Social Anthropologist
  • Diplomat
  • Museum Registrar
  • Social Worker
  • Director Museum
  • Technician
  • Teacher
  • Ecologist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Technical Writer
  • Educator
  • Park Guide
  • Tour Guide
  • Environmentalist
  • Park Ranger
  • Translator
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Physical Anthropologist
  • Web Designer

Related Skills:

  • Observation
  • Formulating and testing hypotheses
  • Conducting and explaining scientific research
  • Writing descriptive reports and analytical research
  • A critical style of thinking that takes an integrated, holistic approach to social and organizational systems
  • Analyzing the root causes of social problems
  • Cross-cultural, interethnic, and international communication
  • Working cooperatively with people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds
  • Foreign language aptitude
  • Reading comprehension
  • Analytical reading
  • Operating and using information from computers, especially in statistics and data base management
  • Careful record keeping
  • Attention to details
  • Social ease in foreign situations

Personal attributes associated with Anthropology:

  • Curious
  • Resourceful
  • Empathetic
  • Tactful
  • Independent
  • Desire intellectual growth
  • Sensitive to and understanding of social problems
  • Desire to solve social problems
  • Desire for recognition and appreciation from others
  • Strong interest in human problems and events
  • Possess integrity
  • Desire to help mankind

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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.