What is Anthropology? Related Career Titles
Related Major Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
UNCW Dept of Anthropology

What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of humans.
Anthropology is a broad and unique field, that examines humankind both scientifically and humanistically. Anthropology looks at the human experience from a holistic, cross-cultural perspective, and encompasses several different approaches. These approaches comprise the four subfields of the discipline of Anthropology in the United States: cultural anthropology, physical/biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics.              

At UNCW students can concentrate in one of three subfields of Anthropology: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Physical/Biological Anthropology as well as a minor in Forensic Science.                                                                                                                                                                                     Archaeology ( is the study of human culture by examining remains of our past.
Cultural Anthropology ( is the study of human culture. It involves such topics as traditional societies, gender roles, indigenous rights, human rights, public health, refugees, museum studies, and shamanism.
Physical/Biological Anthropology ( is the study of the physical development of the human species. It involves such topics as genetics, human osteology, evolution, and forensics.
Forensic Science Information (

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Related Career Titles


Community Development Specialist
Community Service Administrator
Curatorial Assistant
Ecotourism Director
Employment Recruiter
Field Archaeologist
Friend of the Court Caseworker
Immigration Inspector
Information Officer
Laboratory Assistant
Legislative Aide
Management Trainee
Marketing Researcher
Multicultural Program Leader
Museum Technician
National/State Park Interpreter
Peace Corps Volunteer
Probation Officer
Program Coordinator/Assistant
Public Relations Specialist
Research Associate
Social Worker
Travel Agent/Guide/Consultant
Writer, Editor


Academic Advisor/Counselor 
Art Conservator
Behavioral Science Advisor
Bilingual/Bicultural Program Specialist
Career Counselor
Collections Manager
College Professor
Community Development Officer
Community Planner
Congressional Committee Staff Director
Contract Archaeologist
Coroner/Medical Examiner
Cultural Artifact Specialist
Cultural Resource Manager\
Employee Relations Specialist
Environmental Impact Assessment Researcher
Family Service Counselor 
Foreign Affairs Officer
Forensic Anthropologist
Foundation Program Manager
Genetic Counselor 
Head Start Program Director
Health Science Administrator
Human Resources Manager
Industrial Psychologist
International Agency Rep
Management Consultant
Marketing Manager
Media Planner
Media Specialist
Medical Anthropologist
Multicultural Education Specialist / Director
Museum Education Director
Park Service Supervisor/Director
Peace Corps Area Director
Public Health Educator 
Rural Development Officer
Scientific Linguist
Social Insurance Rep
Social Science Analyst
Social Service Agency Planner 
Social Worker 
State/Federal Government Policy Analyst
Teacher - ESL
Teacher - Secondary
Technical Writer
Union Legal Counsel
Urban Planner
Vocational Teacher

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 Related Major Skills:

Planning projects
Writing grant proposals
Interviewing Surveying
Sampling, gathering and organizing data
Examining data and artifacts

Conducting field studies
Summarizing results
Communication across cultures/languages
Recognizing cultural differences/similarities

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Job & Internship Search Links

American Anthropological Association Career Site

American Association for State and Local History

Cultural Resource Network Job Site

Carter Center Intern Program

Center for Strategic and International Studies Intern Program

Center for World Indigenous Studies Intern Program

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Intern & Fellows Program

Cultural Survival Intern Program

Ford Foundation Intern Program

Hudson Institute Intern Program

International Fund for Agricultural Development Intern Program

Jane Goodall Institute Intern Program

National Park Service Internships

Organization of American States Intern Program

Peace Corps

Sierra Club Careers & Internships

Sister Cities International Intern Program

Smithsonian Fellow & Intern Program

Student Conservation Association

USAJobs – Official Job Site for the Federal Government

World Bank Junior Professional Associates Program

World Wildlife Fund Careers & Internships

NC Office of State Archaeology Field Work

Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin

Archaeological Institute of America Career Center

Society for American Archaeology Job Site



Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology Editorial Intern Program

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Society for Applied Anthropology Job Site

Physical/Biological Anthropology

Environmental Science Links

Environmental Studies Links

Earthwatch Institute Jobs & Intern Program

NC Conservation Network Jobs & Internships

Forensic Science

American Academy of Forensic Sciences Career Board

State Bureau of Investigation Intern Program

Career Planning Links

AAA Career Paths

Careers in Archaeology (Texas A & M)
Career Paths in Anthropology (Northeastern)

Finding a Career in Anthropology (IUP) (

Non-Academic Careers in Anthropology (UCSD) (

Practice of Anthropology (

What Can I Do (UTenn) ( )

Why Major in Anthropology? (BU) (

NC Department of Cultural Resources (

NC Office of State Archaeology (

NC Office of Archives & History (

NC Underwater Archaeology Branch (

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Professional Association Links

American Academy of Forensic Sciences (

American Anthropological Association (

American Board of Forensic Anthropology (

American Association of Physical Anthropologists (

Archaeological Institute of America (

Center for American Archeology (

Food and Agriculture Organization (

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (

National Association of Student Anthropologists ( )

National Geographic Society ( )

North Carolina Archaeological Council (

Society for American Archaeology (

Society for Applied Anthropology (

Society for Historical Archaeology (

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