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"Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess"
~ 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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Interests and Skills

  • Helpfulness
  • Strong interest in human problems and events
  • Desire to solve social problems
  • Resourcefulness
  • Integrity
  • Tact 


Work Environment

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

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

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.


Related Web Sites

American Anthropological Association
American Association of Physical Anthropologists


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.