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What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of human beings over time and space. As a discipline, anthropology studies and celebrates human diversity. At the same time, it reminds us that despite our different cultures, we are all members of the human family. We share a common nature and a common destiny. It sets itself apart from other social sciences in its aspiration to understand all aspects of humankind.

Why choose Anthropology?

Whether you decide to major or minor in Anthropology, the discipline offers a variety of different careers and useful skills. In the anthropology program, students have the opportunity to explore the various subdisciplines of anthropology including archaeology, cultural anthropology and sociolinguistics, and physical anthropology with a thematic focus on human heritage. At NDSU, our focal geographical areas are Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, North Africa, North America, and Oceania with other areas of the world represented throughout the curriculum. Our primary concern across subdisciplines and geographical areas is with human heritage - material and intangible, past, present, and future.



Careers in Anthropology

Anthropology is a diverse field that studies human societies and cultures. It offers a wide range of career opportunities, both within and outside of academia.

  • Research Scientist
  • Strategy Consultant
  • User Experience (UX) Researcher
  • Health Services Researcher/Medical Anthropologist
  • Organizational Ethnographer
  • Cultural Resource Manager
  • Archeologist
  • Public Relations/Marketing
  • Museum Curator
  • NGO/Non-profit Manager



Anthropology Association

We meet regularly throughout the year, plan social events, outreach, and community service opportunities. Connect with the Anthropology Association on Facebook at NDSU Anthropology Association, and on Instagram @Ndsu_anthropology_association.

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