This site provides students, parents, and the regional community with useful information on the GVSU undergraduate anthropology major and minor programs. Anthropology is the study of humans. The sub-fields within anthropology are Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistics and Applied anthropology. Anthropology as a discipline teaches/promotes:
- holism - the concept that all aspects of human behavior are interrelated and important in understanding what it means to be human,
- cross-cultural analyses - to understand the wide range of diversity in human behavior in order to eliminate prejudice and bias,
- human diversity - uses a variety of methods to observe and measure the range of human behavior and culture.
Anthropological perspectives provide students with unique abilities to contribute to standard job skills such as: diversity sensitivity, management, interviewing techniques, research/program design, statistical/survey techniques, teaching/training, communication.
What about a Career in Anthropology?
The government Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012) reports:
- Employment of anthropologists and archeologists is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
- More anthropologists will be needed to research human life, history, and culture, and apply that knowledge to current issues.
- A growing number of corporations are expected to use anthropologists’ analyses to understand increasingly diverse workforces and markets, allowing businesses to better serve their clients or to target new customers.
- The employment of archeologists will be largely influenced by the level of construction activity. Archeologists should have the best job prospects in cultural resource management (CRM) firms.
For more information: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Anthropologists and Archeologists, on the Internet at: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Life-Physical-and-Social-Science/Anthropologists-and-archeologists.htm
Student Scholarship Applications
- the anthropology department
- program requirements
- courses and schedules
- faculty and staff
- anthropology lab
- student research
- summer field schools
- study abroad
- advising guides for students
- career choices
- links to explore the world of anthropology
- Mission, Vision, Value and Strategic Plan
- Anthropology Club newsletter
Page last modified March 12, 2013