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 management firms.
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.