The B.A. program in anthropology gives students an opportunity to learn how and why humans evolved and how our evolutionary biological, social and cultural trajectories help us understand the meaning of being human in past, present and future environments. Anthropology helps students develop strong critical thinking and oral and written expression skills, important to success in many careers areas.Anthropology majors learn how to use the scientific method to formulate and test hypotheses and gather qualitative and quantitative data through participant observation, interviewing, ethnographic study, careful excavation and measurement. They also learn how to employ statistics to analyze and extract meaning from data.A special feature of the ASU anthropology program is its relevance to other disciplines and many exciting hands-on learning opportunities through laboratories, study abroad and field-based courses.
The demand in the job market for people with an anthropology background is stimulated by a growing need for researchers and analysts with keen thinking skills who can manage, evaluate and interpret the large amounts of data. As the many spheres of human interaction expand globally, people trained in anthropology will increasingly be sought for their broad, holistic knowledge and perspective of understanding, which are the hallmarks of anthropology.Some career opportunities include: Acting as legal advocates in international cases. Analyzing and proposing policies. Consulting for private and public organizations. Curating cultural resources. Directing programs in the private or public sector. Directing nonprofit organizations. Modeling infectious diseases. Planning communities. Postgraduate academic research and teaching. Professional employment in heritage (cultural resource) management in private or public sectors. Providing health care as nurses, doctors or public or global health professionals. Example Careers: Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to the following: career title *growth *median salary AnthropologistsBright OutlookBright Outlook 28.08 53,460 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary 15.12 69,520 Archivists 6.5 46,470 Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 15.12 65,030 CuratorsBright Outlook 22.98 47,930 Museum Technicians and ConservatorsBright Outlook 25.55 37,120 Operations Research AnalystsBright Outlook 22.02 70,070 * Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).