Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Have you ever wondered why people do what they do? Or why culture is the way it is? Anthropologists ask questions like these and explore how people and cultures across the world and throughout time have changed. Simply put, anthropology is the study of human beings.

A B.A. in anthropology provides students with the tools to understand cultural diversity and cross-cultural communication and to solve contemporary human problems. Auburn's anthropology program features a four-field approach and trains students in cultural anthropology (human variation), physical anthropology (cultures’ adaptation to their environment), archaeology, and linguistics (influence of language on culture). Anthropology faculty specialize in the areas of Southeast Native American cultures, ecology and the environment, women’s studies, and bioarchaeology, with emphases in Indian, Chinese, and Caribbean cultures. Students learn how to apply their knowledge to global issues outside of the classroom, such as social and environmental policy, international policy, medical anthropology, forensic anthropology, and the Auburn archaeology field school.

Anthropology stresses basic research and analytical skills that prepare students for professional and graduate schools and for careers in education, government, human services, manufacturing, and biotechnology. Anthropology graduates enter the workforce with an understanding of people and culture that enables them to have an impact locally and globally. 

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in anthropology from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in Anthropology

A minor in anthropology requires a total of 15 hours of coursework in anthropology including:

  • two 2000 level classes
  • three 3000- or 4000-level courses

For more information about Anthropology

Anthropology Program Website


  • Dr. Kristrina Shuler, director of anthropology

  • kas0007@auburn.edu
  • 7052 Haley Center
  • 334-844-2825

Careers in Anthropology

A student with a degree in anthropology has acquired critical analysis skills, oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and a great understanding of many different cultures, which have many applications in public service, political activism and the private sector.

Anthropologists work in a broad array of fields, from government and human services to manufacturing and retail industries. These occupations may involve the following: conducting research, implementing policy, teaching, or providing expertise in the areas of health, development, education, or the corporate world. Some job opportunities require an advanced degree (MA or PhD).

Examples of possible employers in each sub-field include:

Archaeology

  • Cultural Resource Management (CRM)
  • US Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • State highways departments
  • Museum and historical society curators and administrators
  • Native American tribal organizations

Cultural Anthropology

  • Non-profit groups
  • Hospitals
  • Relief organizations
  • Environmental organizations
  • Public policy institute
  • Large private consulting firms
  • Researchers
  • Program administrators
  • Human resource specialists

Linguistic Anthropology

  • Development and human services groups
  • Foreign service branches
  • Intelligence agencies

Physical Anthropology

  • Forensic specialists in law enforcement
  • Medical examiners
  • Primate wildlife specialists in zoological gardens
  • Anatomists in public education
  • Medical research specialists
  • Private consultants for CRM firms and government agencies

Curriculum in Anthropology

The anthropology program takes a four-field approach to the study of the human condition, offering courses in archaeology, physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ANTH 1000 Introduction to Anthropology3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core History13Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Core Mathematics3Core Fine Arts3
Elective 2Elective3
 15 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
ANTH 3500 Archaeology3Core Social Science or Core History to complete the sequence13
SOCY 1000 Sociology: Global Perspective or GEOG 1010 Global Geography3Core Science II4
Core Literature13ANTH 2000 Ethnographic Methods3
Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) 23LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
Core Science I4ANTH Directed Electives3
 16 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence13PSYC 2130 Analytics for Social and Behavioral Sciences4
ANTH 3100 Language and Culture3Electives3
Elective6ANTH 3300 Biological Anthropology (BOLD (required course))3
ANTH Directed Electives33ANTH Directed Electives33
 15 13
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
ANTH Directed Electives33ANTH 4310 Anthropological Theory43
ANTH Directed Electives33ANTH Directed Electives33
Electives9Electives9
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.

2

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

3

Students must meet with their ANTH Program advisors to identify approved courses for electives and ANTH Directed electives.

4

ANTH 4310 fulfills SLO 7.

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Last Updated: June 21, 2016