College/SchoolCollege of Arts and Sciences
DepartmentDepartment of Anthropology
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Bachelor of Science in Anthropology
- Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
Anthropology at SIUE
The anthropology program at SIUE emphasizes real-world applications of anthropology, with expertise in cultural resources and heritage, community engagement, sustainability, and globalization issues. Anthropology develops knowledge of and respect for the biological and cultural diversity of humankind through the combined fields of archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology. At SIUE, many of our students conduct independent research, travel internationally, and are involved in anthropology-related student organizations and honor societies.
Students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology find employment in secondary education, private business and industry, cultural resources management, contract archaeology, environmental studies, museums, health and human services, nongovernmental organizations, and legal and government agencies. Many students will go on to pursue graduate and doctoral level degrees, leading to careers in university-level teaching, basic and applied research, or museum-affiliated work. Due to the diversity of subjects and methods in anthropology, students frequently combine anthropology with other disciplines such as history, sociology, geography, earth science, biology, psychology, medicine, law, and the arts. These interdisciplinary approaches enable students to better understand issues in local and international communities in order to expand their opportunities for rewarding careers.