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UNCW Dept of Anthropology

What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of humans.
Anthropology is a broad and unique field, that examines humankind both scientifically and humanistically. Anthropology looks at the human experience from a holistic, cross-cultural perspective, and encompasses several different approaches. These approaches comprise the four subfields of the discipline of Anthropology in the United States: cultural anthropology, physical/biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics.

At UNCW students can concentrate in one of three subfields of Anthropology: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Physical/Biological Anthropology as well as a minor in Forensic Science. Archaeology is the study of human culture by examining remains of our past. Cultural Anthropology is the study of human culture. It involves such topics as traditional societies, gender roles, indigenous rights, human rights, public health, refugees, museum studies, and shamanism.
Physical/Biological Anthropology is the study of the physical development of the human species. It involves such topics as genetics, human osteology, evolution, and forensics.

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Related Career Titles


Community Development Specialist
Community Service Administrator
Curatorial Assistant
Ecotourism Director
Employment Recruiter
Field Archaeologist
Friend of the Court Caseworker
Immigration Inspector
Information Officer
Laboratory Assistant
Legislative Aide
Management Trainee
Marketing Researcher
Multicultural Program Leader
Museum Technician
National/State Park Interpreter
Peace Corps Volunteer
Probation Officer
Program Coordinator/Assistant
Public Relations Specialist
Research Associate
Social Worker
Travel Agent/Guide/Consultant
Writer, Editor

























Academic Advisor/Counselor
Art Conservator
Behavioral Science Advisor
Bilingual/Bicultural Program Specialist
Career Counselor
Collections Manager
College Professor
Community Development Officer
Community Planner
Congressional Committee Staff Director
Contract Archaeologist
Coroner/Medical Examiner
Cultural Artifact Specialist
Cultural Resource Manager\
Employee Relations Specialist
Environmental Impact Assessment Researcher
Family Service Counselor
Foreign Affairs Officer
Forensic Anthropologist
Foundation Program Manager
Genetic Counselor
Head Start Program Director
Health Science Administrator
Human Resources Manager
Industrial Psychologist
International Agency Rep
Management Consultant
Marketing Manager
Media Planner
Media Specialist
Medical Anthropologist
Multicultural Education Specialist / Director
Museum Education Director
Park Service Supervisor/Director
Peace Corps Area Director
Public Health Educator
Rural Development Officer
Scientific Linguist
Social Insurance Rep
Social Science Analyst
Social Service Agency Planner
Social Worker
State/Federal Government Policy Analyst
Teacher - ESL
Teacher - Secondary
Technical Writer
Union Legal Counsel
Urban Planner
Vocational Teacher

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Related Major Skills

Planning projects

Conducting field studies

Writing grant proposals Summarizing results
Sampling, gathering and organizing data Communication across cultures/languages
Examining data and artifacts Recognizing cultural differences/similarities
Interviewing Surveying

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Job & Internship Search Links

SeaWork (be sure to check out these links also in SeaWork: CareerShift,,, and GoinGlobal)

Job Search Resources

American Anthropological Association Career Site

American Association for State and Local History

Cultural Resource Network Job Site

Carter Center Intern Program

Center for Strategic and International Studies Intern Program

Center for World Indigenous Studies Intern Program

Cultural Survival Intern Program

Ford Foundation Intern Program

Hudson Institute Intern Program

International Fund for Agricultural Development Intern Program

Jane Goodall Institute Intern Program

National Park Service Internships

Organization of American States Intern Program

Peace Corps

Sierra Club Careers & Internships

Sister Cities International Intern Program

Smithsonian Fellow & Intern Program

Student Conservation Association

USAJobs - Official Job Site for the Federal Government

World Wildlife Fund Careers & Internships

NC Office of State Archaeology Field Work

Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin

Archaeological Institute of America Career Center

Society for American Archaeology Job Site



National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Environmental Science Links

Earthwatch Institute Jobs & Intern Program

NC Conservation Network Jobs & Internships

American Academy of Forensic Sciences Career Board

State Bureau of Investigation Intern Program

Career Planning Links

Candid Career Videos

Occupational Outlook Handbook

O*NET OnLine

NC Tower

AAA Career Paths

Careers in Archaeology (Texas A & M)

Finding a Career in Anthropology (IUP)

Non-Academic Careers in Anthropology (UCSD)

What Can I Do (UTenn)

Why Major in Anthropology? (BU)

NC Department of Cultural Resources

NC Office of State Archaeology

NC Office of Archives & History

NC Underwater Archaeology Branch

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Professional Association Links

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

American Anthropological Association

American Board of Forensic Anthropology

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Archaeological Institute of America

Center for American Archeology

Food and Agriculture Organization

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

National Association of Student Anthropologists

National Geographic Society

North Carolina Archaeological Council

Society for American Archaeology

Society for Applied Anthropology

Society for Historical Archaeology

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