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Department of Anthropology


 As demand increases for anthropologists across industries—from education and public health to law enforcement and engineering—the University of South Carolina’s Anthropology Department prepares students to thrive in today’s global economy. Driven by a need for employees with critical thinking skills who can manage, analyze, evaluate, and interpret data on culture, gender and overall human behavior, organizations demand diverse skills key to success in a multicultural society. 

Workforce success

A degree in anthropology from the University of South Carolina provides students with important, employable and diverse skills that prepare them for a multicultural and global society:

  •  Critical thinking, problem solving, reading, and writing (including analytical and persuasive) skills;
  • The ability to connect and analyze knowledge across different experiences, disciplines and perspectives;
  • Expertise in research, including careful record keeping, data collection, interpretation, and analysis;
  • Comprehension of human diversity on the biological, cultural and language level across time and space at the local and global scale, including adaptability in diverse contexts;
  • Classroom, practical and research experience in the real world via field schools, faculty engagement, labs and internships at the community, national and international level.

Career options by sector

Given their broad and multicultural training, anthropologists are employable in numerous careers and fields.

  • Administration and management
  • Advocacy
  • Archaeology
  • Business
  • Computers/software development
  • Information technology
  • Community development
  • Cultural resource management
  • Ethnography
  • Education (grade school through college level)
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental conservation
  • Forensic science
  • Geology
  • Geography
  • Historic preservation
  • International affairs and development
  • Journalism
  • Law and law enforcement (local, state, and federal levels)
  • Mass communication
  • Marketing
  • Medicine and health (international and public)
  • Museum curation and project design
  • National security
  • Natural resources
  • Primatology
  • Social media
  • Transportation


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