Why Study Anthropology
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.
Why Study Anthropology at Ship
The anthropology program at Shippensburg University 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).
Shippensburg graduates with minors in anthropology have been
successful in obtaining jobs in their major fields of business, history,
international studies, geoenvironmental studies, and political science.
Cross-cultural interaction increasingly occurs in all professions and
the American population continues to become more diverse. The study of
anthropology will make you better able to interact in culturally diverse
settings and employers recognize this.
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
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.