Spanning the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, you can pursue a number of different fields with anthropology. Whether researching primate development, advocating for human rights or documenting cultural experience and changes in an ever-shifting landscape, there is plenty for you to explore within UND’s anthropology major.
By majoring in anthropology at UND, you'll study humankind as a whole, from biological evolution to modern societies, religions and economies. You can select hands-on coursework from a number of different areas within the field, including:
- Cultural Anthropology – Learn how to conduct interviews, develop skills in cultural competency, explore contemporary cultures and create in-depth ethnographies.
- Archaeology – Explore ancient cultures by analyzing their material remains, artifacts, features and sites, in both field and laboratory settings.
- Biological Anthropology – Learn how to identify and describe primate fossils and explore the evolutionary origins of human biology and anatomy.
- Forensic Anthropology – Identify skeletal fragments and work on mock homicide investigations with a forensic anthropologist.
Your study of anthropology will be furthered by selecting upper division courses specifically tailored to your career or graduate studies interests. Courses you could take include:
- Ethnographic Methods
- Culture Theory
- Laboratory Methods, Field Techniques and Theory in Archaeology
- Women in Prehistory
- Human Variation and Human Origins
- Human Osteology
With your anthropology major, you will also add in a supplementary field of your choice. Opportunities range from history, English or art to biology, chemistry and geology.
Learn in our fully-equipped forensic anthropology labs, an archaeology lab, summer field school or even abroad in places such as Brazil, Belize, China, Chile, Spain, Ireland and Mexico. With 50-70 students in the lower-division and 15 in the upper-division, our small student cohort means you will develop strong mentoring relationships with your faculty and fellow classmates.
We actively encourage students to study a complementary second field outside their anthropology major and help students find study abroad experiences and field schools for archaeology, forensic science, biological anthropology and ethnography. Many Anthropology students have presented their research findings at undergraduate/regional conferences, providing an opportunity to share academic findings with fellow students and established scholars in the Field.
UND's Antropology program provides flexible training applicable to a wide variety of career paths, and graduates of the program have worked in many different areas. The broad training you will receive leads to any number of exciting career paths in different areas, such as:
- Archaeological research in private companies
- Forest service archaeologist
- Tribal culture resource management
- Law and court advocacy
- Museum education specialist
- Primate conservation
- Non-profit/non-governmental organizations
- English as a second language teaching
- Private investigations/CIA analyst
- Tribal police
- Public health consulting
The US Bureau of Labor statistics forecasts that jobs in anthropology will grow 19 % in the next seven years. This is occurring at a time when surveys are showing that employers are seeking to fill jobs with college graduates with intercultural skills that prepare them to work with diverse peoples in an increasingly interconnected world. Based on 2012 information, the US Department of Labor reported that the annual median wage of anthropologists was $57,420.
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