Anthropology - A.B.

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Degree & Major: Anthropology - A.B.
College Name: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Department Name: Anthropology
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. The Major in Anthropology provides students with critical, creative, and globally-based thinking skills. At UGA, our focus on ecological and environmental anthropology crosscuts three main sub-fields: archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Each of these teach a set of distinctive abilities and, when combined, prepare students for a wide array of future careers in 21st century business, research, industry, and public service.

The program requires one course in each of the three sub-fields (archaeology, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology) and six additional three-semester-hour elective anthropology courses. Students are also required to complete ANTH 3900, a capstone seminar emphasizing professional development in Anthropology. Students are encouraged to select courses that deepen their understanding of the theories, research methodologies, and real-world application of anthropological knowledge and skill sets in their chosen sub-field.

Career Opportunities: Today’s anthropologists do not just work in exotic locations. Anthropologists work in nearly every type of industry, including corporations, all levels of government, educational institutions, non-profit associations, and public service agencies. Graduates on the archaeology track often find employment in cultural resource management (CRM). Many employers value the utility of anthropology’s holistic, comparative perspective on their teams. Anthropology graduates are uniquely suited to analyze a range of human behaviors and interact with cultures different from their own.
of Transfer Students:
Six to nine semester credit hours of anthropology, beyond ANTH 1102, may be accepted.
Study Abroad: Bali and Beyond; Surfing and Sustainability: Political Ecology in Costa Rica. See the anthropology department website for details.
Internships: Georgia Museum of Natural History Internship (ANTH 4261) interns receive supervised experiential learning working directly with the faculty, staff, and other students curating one of the natural history collections affiliated with the Georgia Museum of Natural History or with education and outreach programs.

Contact: Dr. Suzanne E. Pilaar-Birch,

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Other Learning Opportunities: Departmental Guest Speaker Series, Mentoring program with the Anthropology Graduate Student Association, Archaeological Field Schools, volunteering in the Georgia Archaeological Site File, CURO projects, and occasional research support for faculty.

Field School: A field school in archaeology is offered each summer. See the anthropology department website for details.
Student Organizations: Students are encouraged to join SAAS (Students for Anthropological & Archaeological Studies) at UGA, a joint effort of the Anthropology Society and the Student Association for Archaeological Sciences Regular meetings alternate between serious discussions about anthropology, such as graduate study opportunities or careers in anthropology, and more light-hearted social events. Event information and job postings for current students and recent graduates are posted to the Facebook page “SAAS at UGA.”