~ Margaret Mead
What is anthropology?
Anthropology is the study of humanity which strives to understand human beings through biology and culture. Anthropology traditionally has three sub-divisions: Biological (physical anthropology), cultural (social) anthropology, and archaeology. Here at William Paterson University, the Anthropology department strives to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of human nature by encouraging students to study the differences and similarities of varied cultures and ethnic groups. Through research, writing, and hands-on experiences, students in the major develop marketable skills that will serve them well when they graduate. The Anthropology major at William Paterson University is 33 credits, which includes 5 required courses and 6 elective courses. These elective courses include a variety of different subjects that will appeal to those interested n Anthropology.
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WPUNJ Admissions information on Anthropology is located here: http://www.wpunj.edu/admissions/undergraduate/academic-programs/programs_detail.dot?id=124207
Interests and Skills
- Strong interest in human problems and events
- Desire to solve social problems
Anthropology majors can work in a variety of different settings including museums, historical societies, nature centers and zoos. In addition, Anthropology majors may work for international organizations, urban and city planners or environmental agencies. Anthropology majors may choose to work for a variety of federal agencies including the department of conservation, department of natural resources and a number of other agencies. In the business sector, anthropology majors can use their skills in travel and tourism corporations, international companies and cultural resource firms. In media , Publishing firms, newspapers, magazines and internet media companies provide interesting opportunities for anthropology majors.
Possible Job Titles
Enhance Your Qualifications
Students who major in Anthropology at William Paterson University have numerous opportunities to enhance their academic experience. Students can obtain internships at museums and non-profit organizations through the Anthropology department. The department also offers membership to Lambda Alpha, the Anthropology Honors Society, to students who meet certain GPA requirements. Students can contact the department for more information. Finally, many students find that a study abroad experience enhances their curriculum because they are given the opportunity to experience other cultures first hand.
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Other Sources of Information
Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in anthropology. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have. Visiting the department may also prove valuable in addressing questions.