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What can an Anthropology major do for you?

Anthropology is the study of humankind in all times and places — it deals with ecology, society, culture and other aspects of human life. At UK, the curriculum provides you with an overview of major subdisciplines: cultural anthropology, physical anthropology and archaeology. Departmental resources, which include the Office of State Archaeology library, provide you with many unique internship opportunities. Nearly every summer, the program offers a field school in archaeology that provides hands-on work in excavation methods. You can meet like-minded friends outside the classroom by joining the organization “Umoja,” meaning “unity” in Kiswahili. With a degree in anthropology from the University of Kentucky, you are well-trained for careers in a broad range of fields including community health, international relations, cultural heritage management and marketing research.

100+ Majors

69% of the major is women

34% are first family member to attend college

What skills does studying anthropology develop?

  • understanding social relationships, cultural frameworks and ethnic groups
  • knowledge about biological, ecological and cultural factors that influence human behavior
  • theoretical and practical approaches for improving cross-cultural understanding
  • skills in social research, qualitative interviewing and fieldwork
  • knowledge of human evolution and genetics
  • writing descriptive reports and analytical papers
  • analyzing social issues and working to fix them

Career opportunities

Anthropology provides an excellent foundation for careers in a variety of professions and occupations requiring special sensitivity to and knowledge about cultural and human biological diversity, including community health, public health policy, medicine and health services; planning and community development; international relations and development; private and international business; government; law; journalism; museum work; university teaching and research; postgraduate education and many others including but not limited to the following:

  • museums
  • women's organizations
  • international development agencies
  • ethnic and cultural organizations
  • refugee / immigrant assistance organizations
  • community centers and services
  • historic preservation offices
  • cultural resource management agencies
  • archives
  • zoos
  • social service agencies
  • art galleries
  • market research firms
  • historical societies
  • mission organizations
  • parks and historic sites
  • antique collectible shops

A&S Hall of Fame Inductees

Dr. Martha Rolingson
2017 Inductee



Susan Abbott-Jamieson
2012 Inductee



Want to learn more?


Department of Anthropology
(859) 257-2710
211 Lafferty Hall
Lexington KY 40506-0024