Degree in Anthropology
Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 124
Gain the knowledge and skills to make a difference in local and global communities by earning your degree in Anthropology!
Georgia Southern University’s Anthropology program is a vibrant community of passionate students, award-winning teachers and renowned scholars. Combining comprehensive coursework with practical career training, our program of study gives you the vision to know the questions to ask, the research tools to find the answers, and the skills to turn your findings into social solutions.
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Major in Anthropology
The Anthropology degree program at Georgia Southern offers broad, multidisciplinary training in the four-field discipline (Cultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology), with special emphasis on practice and application of Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology. Anthropology majors work alongside our world-class faculty in diverse field settings, as well as our state-of-the-art labs and archaeological repository.
Cultural anthropologists spend extended periods of time observing communities to understand the perspectives, practices and social organization of other groups and cultures to enrich human understanding on a broader level.
Linguistic anthropologists explore how language and communication form the basis for crucial aspects of different societies and cultures. The links between how we communicate and relate to one another, and how we see the world, are central to this field of study.
Archaeologists study human behavior through the artifacts, sites and created landscapes that people leave behind. Students in archaeology will explore the complex and fascinating relationships between past environments, political and economic systems, cooperation and conflict, identity and meaning, and human adaptations in our ever-changing world.
Biological anthropologists examine the similarities and differences found among humans across the world by studying how humans evolve and adapt to different environments. They seek to understand how biology and culture shape our lives.
In addition to a strong liberal arts base of classes, our majors are required to take 33 hours of upper-division anthropology courses, many of which have hands-on and/or research applications.
Student Learning Outcomes
Effective Fall 2013
- SLO 1: Students who graduate with a B.A. in Anthropology will be able to apply key research methods of anthropology that are appropriate in constructing an anthropological research project.
- SLO 2: Students who graduate with a B.A. in Anthropology will be able to interpret, criticize and apply key theoretical paradigms appropriate in developing an anthropological research project.
- SLO 3: Students who graduate with a B.A. in Anthropology will be able to demonstrate critical reading skills and fluency with the purpose, concepts and arguments in anthropological source materials.
- SLO 4: Students who graduate with a B.A. in Anthropology will be able to demonstrate argumentation, analysis and synthesis through writing in a variety of contexts.
- SLO 5: Students graduating with a B.A. in Anthropology will participate in a variety of professionalization experiences through in-class projects, internships, experiential learning, and service opportunities depending on their track in the program.
Students may also minor in Anthropology by completing 15 credit hours in Anthropology classes.
- ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology
- 15 hrs of upper-division Anthropology courses (3000 or above)
How do I change or add a minor?
Changing or adding a minor is easy. Follow these simple directions. However, it’s best to talk with your current advisor and check DegreeWorks to see how switching/adding this minor will impact your path to graduation.
Do you have questions?
If you have any questions or if we can help you transition to a anthropology minor simply contact SAM@georgiasouthern.edu, call the Department office at 912-478-5443, or stop by our office in the Carroll Building, Room 1003.
The Anthropology Program
Anthropology is a broad and complex social science discipline that includes four distinct subfields as means for studying human beings at all times, in all places and circumstances.
- Anthropologists study the remains of past cultures through archaeology. Archaeologists recover artifacts and other data by painstakingly excavating sites of past human occupation and looking through the pieces left behind by the people who lived there.
- Anthropologists study the physical aspects of what it means to be human through biological anthropology. Biological anthropologists study skeletons, DNA, disease, non-human primates and fossil hominids to provide a complete picture of the evolutionary record and the effects of cultural changes like agriculture on the human body.
- Anthropologists study contemporary human communities through cultural anthropology. Cultural anthropologists typically spend an extended period of time living in a community and writing descriptions of their experience.
- Anthropologists study the relationships between culture and language through linguistic anthropology. Linguistic anthropologists typically spend time in communities recording language and cultural data and looking for connections between the two sets of data.
All of anthropology’s subfields can be brought out of the classroom and into the community through applied anthropology, which seeks to use the knowledge gained through academic research to solve social problems. Some domains of applied anthropology include forensic anthropology, medical anthropology, anthropology of tourism, language revitalization, and most archaeology practiced in the U.S. and its territories.
Archaeology at Georgia Southern is regionally focused in the American Southeast, providing accessible, hands-on educational and research opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students and faculty together explore cultural expressions and adaptations spanning the peopling of the continent to the modern era, through field, laboratory, and classroom activities.
Camp Lawton was a Confederate camp for Union POWs built in the summer of 1864 and abandoned by December. Now managed by GA DNR and the USFWS, in 2009, Georgia Southern University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology was invited to investigate the archaeology of Camp Lawton. These investigations uncovered substantial evidence showing day to day life at Camp Lawton as experienced by Confederate guards and Union POWs. Archaeology continues at Camp Lawton, which has become a time capsule, locking into the soil the stories and experiences of those who were guarded, and those who guarded them in the lonely Georgia pines as war raged ever closer.
Field Experience and Anthropology Internship Opportunities
At Georgia Southern, Anthropology students discover the past through hands-on fieldwork and laboratory analysis, learning practical, career-focused professional skills. Recent archaeological projects include survey and testing of
- Camp Lawton (a Confederate Army military prison near Millen, Georgia)
- Prehistoric Native American encampments, villages and mound sites (along the Savannah River and its tributaries)
- Locations in the Savannah national Historic Landmark District (as part of projects with the Digging Savannah public archaeology initiative)
Anthropology majors can earn course credit working in nonprofit organizations, government agencies and other organizations, applying their anthropology training to real-world problems and settings. These experiences allow them to master applied anthropology — when anthropologists connect their research to problems or concerns identified by communities and work with communities toward a solution.
Students gain work experience in archaeological curation and artifact conservation as volunteers and paid employees in our archaeological labs and the R M Bogan Archaeological Repository. Anthropology students may also take their studies abroad.
Additionally, students can join the Georgia Southern Anthropological Society, a student organization that builds students’ peer networks and professional connections, arranges field trips to anthropological events and places of interest, helps organize and fund student attendance at anthropology conferences, sponsors guest speakers and explores how we can see anthropology in everything.
What Can I Do With an Anthropology Degree?
The Anthropology degree coursework prepares students for work in a variety of different fields. The skill set anthropology provides is highly prized for careers in anthropology, marketing, human relations, social work and international business.
Jobs for anthropology majors:
- Archaeologist/Archaeological field technician
- Human resources representative
- Foreign service officer/diplomat
- International/Humanitarian aid
- Foreign language teacher
- Research coordinator/consultant
- Public health specialist
- Historic preservationist
- Community developer
- Heritage interpreter
- Social services worker
- Museum curator
- Diversity officer
- Charity officer
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Last updated: 9/8/2021