Think critically to develop well-educated solidarity with diverse cultures

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Anthropology is the study of the human condition and culture, and is our primary conceptual tool for this analysis. Anthropology is a holistic discipline that leads to the most fundamental questions of our time, applying past and present anthropological knowledge to the future.
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Anthropology

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WHY SHOULD I STUDY Anthropology?

Anthropologists study culture as it has been undertaken by various human groups across space and time. We study other societies to better understand our own. During your research, you will find a commitment to social justice and will be challenged to bring your skills in observation and an anthropological perspective to addressing the major challenges of our time. 

IS Anthropology FOR ME?

Anthropology is for you if:
• You have always been curious about the motives and actions of others. 
• You are curious about the unknown. 
• You have a deep desire to explore outside of your home culture.
• You are interested in language and culture of a particular group of people.
• You can engage with others with humility and empathy.

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN REGIS’ ANTHROPOLOGY PROGRAM?

As a student in Regis University’s Sociocultural Anthropology major, you will learn about the diversity of human cultural models and the importance of those models to humanity. You will understand that our society is made up of human bio-cultural systems out of which our social and cultural organization and belief systems spring. Additionally, you’ll be invited to act on this education, developing research and critical thinking skills that will lead you to develop a well-educated solidarity with the most marginalized in our society, working to end that marginalization in any way you can.

IS REGIS’ ANTHROPOLOGY DEGREE ACCREDITED?

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional higher education institutional accreditors in the United States.

WHAT CLASS FORMATS ARE AVAILABLE?

This major program is 100% classroom based.

WHEN DO CLASSES START?

Fall, Spring and Summer.


Career Opportunities

What careers can I enter with an Anthropology degree?

Today's anthropologists don’t just work in exotic locations. Anthropologists can be found in corporations, all levels of government, educational institutions and non-profit associations. Anthropologists work in disaster areas, including Ground Zero in New York and the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

Today there are four main career paths for anthropology graduates:

Academic Careers

On campuses, in departments of anthropology, and in research laboratories, anthropologists teach and conduct research. They spend a great deal of time preparing for classes, writing lectures, grading papers, working with individual students, composing scholarly articles, and writing books.

A number of academic anthropologists find careers in other departments or university programs, such as schools of medicine, epidemiology, public health, ethnic studies, cultural studies, community or area studies, linguistics, education, ecology, cognitive psychology and neural science.

Corporate and Business Careers

Many corporations look explicitly for anthropologists, recognizing the utility of their perspective on a corporate team. A corporate anthropologist working in market research might conduct targeted focus groups to examine consumer preference patterns not readily apparent through statistical or survey methods. These anthropologists use their research skills to talk to consumers and users of technology to find out how products and services could be improved to better meet the needs of consumers.

Government Careers

State and local governmental organizations use anthropologists in planning, research and managerial capacities. Contract archaeology is a growing occupation with state and federal legislative mandates to assess cultural resources affected by government funded projects. Forensic anthropologists, in careers glamorized by Hollywood and popular novels, not only work with police departments to help identify mysterious or unknown remains but also work in university and museum settings.

The federal government is one of the largest employers of anthropologists outside of academia. Possible career paths include: international development, cultural resource management, the legislative branch, forensic and physical anthropology, natural resource management, and defense and security sectors.

Non-profit and Community-based Careers

Non-governmental organizations, such as international health organizations and development banks employ anthropologists to help design and implement a wide variety of programs. Many anthropologists work in local, community-based settings for non-profit agencies. Sometimes, they work through community-based research organizations like the Institute for Community Research. Other times, they might work for established organizations in a community like the YMCA, local schools, or environmental organizations.

Salary and employment information on the jobs above can be researched at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Requirements

The (sociocultural) anthropology degree explores the comparison of cultures, both local and international.

Minor 

AN 204 Introduction to Anthropology (3 ch)
12 credit hours of 400 level AN electives

Major 

AN 204 Introduction to Anthropology (3 ch)
SO 200 Introduction to Sociology or SO/CR 203 Social Problems (3 ch)
AN 300 Writing as a Social Scientist (3 ch)
AN 410 Ethnography (3 ch)
AN 403 Social Theory (3 ch)
AN 499 Major's Seminar (3 ch)
400 level AN electives 15 ch


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ADMISSION CRITERIA

No additional admissions materials aside from admission to the university are necessary for admission into the major program.

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR APPLICATION AND ADMISSION

No additional application is necessary outside of application and admission to the university.