Anthropology is the holistic study of human and non-human primates. It looks at the origins, behavior, and activities of human and primate groups from biological, social, and cultural viewpoints, studying both living and long-dead populations.
Because it is a broad-based cross-cultural discipline, anthropology can serve as a strong educational fundation for careers in business, law, international relations, politics, medicine, and teaching at the baccalaureate level. An editorial from USA Today called anthropology the "new hot degree for aspiring executives." Graduate studies in anthropology can lead to rewarding careers in the university setting or in the field.
Forensics is a fast developing field in which it is anticipated anthropology will play a major part. Law enforcement agencies all over the world are emplying anthropology graduates in all capacities of criminal investigation.
Specific careers supported with an anthropology degree would include museums, environmental agencies, conversation groups, the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, historic preservation offices, highway and parks departments, consulting firms, travel agencies, intelligence agencies, etc. Salaries could start in the high $20,000 to low $30,000 range.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Youngstown State University offers a Bachelor of Arts in both anthropology and sociology and a certificate in applied gerontology. Students can also minor in these areas.
Outside the Classroom
YSU anthropology faculty and students conduct "digs" at a variety of archaeological sites, many within the region. They have recovered artifacts of ancient Indian cultures as well as pioneer industries and societies. Active student groups such as the Anthropology Colloquium help keep the discipline alive outside the classroom by participating in museum trips, site visits, digs, and national and regional conferences.
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