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Anthropology Minor

Anthropology is a field that makes people better able to interact in culturally diverse settings.

Anthropology at Ship

Anthropology is the broadest of the social sciences and includes four sub-fields: cultural anthropology, physical or biological anthropology, archaeology, and anthropological linguistics. Applied anthropology is a recent area of specialization that involves the use of cross-cultural knowledge to provide solutions for practical problems faced by people around the world.

The anthropology program at Shippensburg consists of two full-time faculty, one cultural anthropologist and one archaeologist.  We offer a wide range of courses in cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, and archaeology; students have been successful in graduate programs in archaeology (PhD from the University of Pittsburgh), physical anthropology (PhD from Kent State University), and cultural anthropology (University of New Mexico, for example).

Shippensburg graduates with minors in anthropology have been successful in obtaining jobs in their major fields of business, history, international studies, geoenvironmental, and political science. Cross-cultural interaction increasingly occurs in all professions and the American population continues to become more diverse. The study of anthropology makes people better able to interact in culturally diverse settings and employers recognize this.

Admission and Degree Requirements

The anthropology minor consists of 6 courses or 18 credits. There are 3 required core courses:

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Introduction to Archaeology

The remaining 3 courses may be filled by choosing from the following list of upper-level courses:

  • Comparative Cultures
  • Anthropology for International Studies
  • Food, Drink and Culture

  • Magic, Science and Religion
  • Comparative Marriage and Family
  • Comparative Gender Roles
  • Mammoth Hunters and Mound Builders
  • North American Indians
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Peoples and Cultures of Europe
  • Aztec and Maya Archaeology
  • Internship
  • Selected Topics in Anthropology

Careers in Anthropology

Anthropology is useful in any career that involves people, but specific examples of careers of Shippensburg anthropology graduates include: contract archaeologist, park ranger, museum curator, recreation director in a nursing home, college professor, marketer for an international firm, and librarian.

Get Involved

Students may choose to participate in the Sociology/Anthropology Club, an active student-run organization that sponsors social and professional events on and off campus. These events might include films, guest speakers, or field trips to museums.

Anthropology students may also choose to participate in regional professional conferences or join the national professional organization, the American Anthropological Association.

An additional strength of the anthropology program at Shippensburg University is the availability of internship placements for our students. Examples include internships at the State Museum in Harrisburg, the Smithsonian Institution, the Cumberland County Historical Society, and with cultural resource management firms.