Anthropology

Anthropology Fundamentals

Anthropology is the holistic study of human diversity and the application of that knowledge to help people of different backgrounds better understand one another. Anthropology studies all that encompasses being human — how we evolved, how we adapt and how we live. The Anthropology major is multidisciplinary and prepares majors for a wide range of employment options or graduate-level studies. The Anthropology B.A. degree provides students with an exceptional background and tools for use in the modern globalized world.

Students may concentrate in:

  • cultural anthropology
  • biological anthropology
  • archaeology

Our Faculty

    • are research active and promote student involvement in undergraduate research
    • employ hands-on and experiential learning in the classroom and laboratory
    • engage with the wider Akron community

    Akron Advantage

    Hands-on Research

    Experience anthropology firsthand through:

      • Laboratory-based classes in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology
      • Undergraduate research opportunities including, as examples:

        • Participation in faculty-led research in Akron, the United States and abroad.
        • Independent student research at local and regional field sites, such as cultural anthropological studies with immigrant and refugee populations in Akron, biological anthropological primate studies at the Cleveland Zoo, and archaeological fieldwork projects with the Akron MetroParks.

    Real-World Experience

    Gain practical professional experience through UA's optional cooperative education program. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary.

    Anthropology Student Organization

    Interact with other anthropology students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

      • Anthropology Club 

    Sample Curriculum


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    For More Information:

    Department of Anthropology

    Contact: Dr. Patricia Vinyard

    Career Opportunities

    A degree in anthropology can lead to academic, corporate, government, nonprofit and community-based careers. Students are encouraged to get details from the American Anthropological Association website.

    Career Outlook

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that there are 7,700 full-time professional anthropologists and archaeologists working in the United States as of 2014; and it estimates that the number of positions in anthropology and archaeology is expected to grow by 4 percent from 2014 to 2024. The median pay for anthropologists in 2015 was $61,220.

    The bureau also notes that job prospects are enhanced by “extensive anthropological or archaeological fieldwork experience, and experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods.” All of these skills are emphasized in our curriculum. Read more.

    Career Services

    Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.