Anthropology, while broadly defined as the study of culture and behavior, is very much rooted in understanding our human present. In addition to studying foreign cultures, anthropologists explore pressing issues right here in American society, including immigration, community preservation, corporate culture, healthcare, racism, gender, and popular culture.
So, what will you do as anthropology major, in addition to taking courses with us?
The Anthropology Department encourages you to go away. Our students can receive substantial major credits for participating in semester-long field studies in countries such as Japan, Morocco, and Brazil. Our professors even lead short-term field studies to places like Guatemala, China, and Morocco.
Many of our courses feature community engagement projects that allow you to conduct fieldwork just like professional anthropologists do while also making a difference. In recent years, students have created community gardens, a reality series about senior citizens, and healthcare seminars for migrant farmworkers. They have conducted fieldwork side-by-side with professors in China, learned how to study the evidence at a crime scene, and gone on archaeological digs to uncover the traces of Native American societies.
Did you know that Forbes has recommended that MBA candidates might pursue degrees in cultural anthropology to enhance their competitive edge? Did you know that for law school and medical school admissions boards, an anthropology degree can set you apart from the crowd? Over the past five years, some of our Rollins anthropology graduates have gone on to pursue Fulbright fellowships, make films, attend Columbia law school and the Crummer School of Business, teach in the JET program in Japan, open small businesses, work in the nonprofit sector, and receive masters and doctoral degrees in fields such as public health, human resources, and anthropology.
The anthropology department at Rollins College teaches the critical skills students need to live and work in a globally connected world. As our society and economy becomes increasingly more international, the workforce needs people who are trained to bridge the differences among cultures. Some of the skills that you gain with an anthropology degree include cross-cultural awareness, critical thinking and analysis, teamwork and leadership, communication, and the ability to solve pressing social problems.