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Field of Study: Anthropology


Anthropology is the study of humans and their cultural and physical environments.



Anthropology programs include topics such as:

  • Sociology
  • Human cultures
  • Ethnology
  • Prehistoric humans and primates
  • Human paleontology
  • Cultural studies
  • Research methodology

Some schools combine sociology and anthropology into a single bachelor's degree program.

In anthropology programs students take courses from different fields of study, including history, biology, psychology, and geology.

Internships allow students to develop skills at companies or organizations. Many anthropology programs offer internships, sometimes on archeological digs, and can include travel to other countries.

In anthropology programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Archeology
  • Biological anthropology
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Medical anthropology
  • Folklore

Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Most colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree programs in anthropology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in anthropology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.