Anthropology
Area of Study

Anthropology

Overview

Anthropologists study humans, past and present. The Anthropology program is also a degree with designation, meaning, upon graduation, the student will be accepted as a third year student in the four-year schools in Colorado.

Anthropology is a multidisciplinary study using techniques, knowledge, and methods from natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, history, and humanities. This diversity of study provides the student with a diverse knowledge base about humanity from a biological and social perspective .

Anthropology includes four main fields: cultural, biological, archaeology, and linguistic. Within these four fields there are sub-fields such as medical anthropology, forensic anthropology, ethnobotany, historic preservation and more.

The wide breadth of knowledge derived from anthropological studies has become a valued commodity among employers. Students at Northeastern get to experience simulated remain digs and practice mapping dig sites in their first two years of college. These are experiences most four-year schools will not provide until the third or fourth year of study.

The Anthropology program is also a degree with designation, meaning, upon graduation, the student will be accepted as a third year student in the four-year schools in Colorado.     

Northeastern provides a unique learning environment for Anthropology students. The program mixes both traditional methods and techniques to modern technology. The hands on approach to education provides students with real world scenarios such as: excavation and analysis of a pig for forensic anthropology, attending a Pow Wow, cultural dinners, field trips, field schools, and much more.  Much of the lecture material presented in class is done so in an open discussion covering all aspects of the topic.

The opportunities for a graduate with a degree in Anthropology are actually limitless. The work environment for an anthropologist is mostly derived from the chosen focus of study. Archaeologists will find themselves in work environments ranging from the mining ghost towns of the Rockies to the Paleolithic caves of France. Cultural anthropologists are be found all over the world, in corporate office environments, South American rain forests, or even remote places such as Antarctica. Biological anthropologists can be found studying chimpanzees in Africa, collecting fossils in Asia, analyzing human remains at a crime scene, or possibly at the base camp of Everest studying high altitude adaptation. Linguistic anthropologists could be in positions such studying language change in New York, preserving native languages in Polynesia, or researching how our language frames how humans perceive the world. All of these fields of study in anthropology often propel a student toward the career they discover their passion for.

Students in the Anthropology program at Northeaster have a wide range of supplies and tools to learn with over the course of their study. Some of the technology includes a computing tablet, photographic equipment, GPS technology, aerial photography, drones, and laser measuring tools. In addition to current technology, anthropology students learn to use traditional tools of the trade, such as brushes and trowels, measurement calipers, compasses, topographical maps, dissection tools, and de-fleshing chemicals, among many others.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of anthropologists and archeologists is projected to grow four percent from 2016 to 2026, which is slower than the average for all occupations. A projected decline in research and development in the social sciences and humanities is expected to limit the employment growth of these workers.

Corporations will continue to use anthropological research to gain a better understanding of consumer demand within specific cultures or social groups. Anthropologists also will be needed to analyze markets, allowing businesses to serve their clients better or to target new customers or demographic groups.

Archeologists will be needed to monitor construction projects, ensuring that builders comply with federal regulations pertaining to the preservation and handling of archeological and historical artifacts.

Because anthropological and archeological research may be dependent on research funding, federal budgetary decisions can affect the rate of employment growth in research.

Education/Outreach

Administration/Management

Archaeology

Ethnography/Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Resource Management (CRM)

Evaluation/Assessment

Historic Preservation

Health (international/public health)

Museum/Curation/Project Design

Environment and Natural Resources

Community Development

Business

Advocacy (human rights/social justice)

Tourism/Heritage

Human/Social Services

Healthcare Management/Services/Deliver

Computers/Software Development/Information Technology

Management Consulting/Organizational Development/Training

Design (products and/or services)

Social Impact Assessment

International Development/Affairs

Market Research

Forensics

Law/Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Mass Communication

Humanitarian Efforts

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for anthropologists and archeologists was $62,410 in May 2018.