Anthropology is the study of human behavior. This major encourages you to explore the origin and behavior of humans and their physical, social, and cultural development. Anthropologists study the way of life, remains, language, and physical characteristics of people around the world. They compare customs, values, and social patterns of different cultures, past and present. Archaeologists reconstruct a record of extinct cultures, especially preliterate ones, to determine age and cultural identity by classifying and interpreting artifacts, architectural features, and types of structures recovered by excavation (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2017).
About the Major
Opportunities After Graduation
Employment for anthropologists with a master’s degree is projected to grow 4% from 2014 to 2024, which is slower than the national average of all occupations (Occupation Outlook Handbook, 2016). IUPUI anthropology majors have many other opportunities after graduation, including work in community services, nonprofits, and more. Employment for anthropologists will be competitive. The job outlook for social and community services will grow 10% from 2014 to 2024.
The average starting salary for IUPUI liberal arts graduates was $36,213 for the May 2017 graduating cohort. The median starting salary for liberal arts graduates was $53,000 according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE, 2019).
(This section is intended for informational purposes, not prediction of actual salary.)
Anthropology majors often pursue advanced degrees in the following areas: museum studies, international affairs, medicine, environmental protection, social service, education, historic preservation, and continuing anthropology and archaeology studies.
- Cultural anthropology
- Human origins and prehistory
- Survey of applied anthropology
- Development of anthropological thought
- Evolution and prehistory
- Fieldwork in archaeology
- Communications specialist
- Nonprofit management
- Research specialist
- Urban planner*
*These career options require additional training or education.
Where could I work?
- Community or social services
- Eiteljorg Museum
- Indiana State Museum
- Public health
- State of Indiana
Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster
This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.