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Anthropology at SIUE

Anthropology develops knowledge of and respect for the biological and cultural diversity of humankind through the integrated fields of biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology.

Program Features

Our program emphasizes real-world applications of anthropology, with expertise in cultural heritage and the arts, community engagement, sustainability, and globalization issues. Many of our students conduct independent research or travel internationally and students can get involved with anthropology related student organizations and honors societies.

Distinctive features of the program include opportunities for supervised research and fieldwork, internships, training in museum work in conjunction with our Ethnology Museum Laboratory, and involvement in community projects. Our students have received funding for working on research projects and have won regional awards for their academic work. The Anthropology Lab houses resources for preparation and analysis of archaeological artifacts and skeletal remains. The department offers a local field course in archaeology and an international travel study course in cultural anthropology. Students often develop their experiences in these and other activities into independent studies or research projects.

Career Opportunities

Undergraduate anthropology majors 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. Anthropology majors may pursue graduate degrees at both the masters and doctoral level; such degrees lead to careers in university-level teaching, basic and applied research, or museum affiliated work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 19% growth rate in jobs for anthropologists and archaeologists. Because of 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. Such combinations enable students to understand issues in local communities and internationally and to expand opportunities for rewarding careers.

Anthropology is now participating in an interdisciplinary graduate program in Cultural Heritage and Resources Management through the Integrative Studies Master's degree. Find out more from the program profile.

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