What Can I Do with a Major in Anthropology?

Anthropology is uniquely the holistic science of humanity. It is the study of people—their origins, adaptations and ecology, distribution, customs, languages, and social and religious beliefs.

Anthropology majors*:

  • understand individuals' reactions within a society over time
  • gain knowledge of ethnic origins & history
  • date artifacts and fossils
  • research origins and uses of artifacts
  • assess present genetic diversity through evolutionary history
  • examine archeological remains, settlements, tools, pottery

Over half of all Miami's Anthropology majors do postgraduate work in fields such as anthropology, zoology, history, public health, law, and medicine.

Anthropology graduates have also gone into a variety of careers, from business to public service, from medicine, law, and teaching to the fine arts. Careers include**:

  • account executive
  • cultural resource manager
  • civil rights activist doctor
  • English language instructor
  • lawyer
  • marketing director
  • medical researcher
  • museum curator
  • paramedic
  • registered nurse
  • sales manager

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Anthropology majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Anthropology majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.