Anthropology is the study of human cultures, societies, and behavior in all parts of the world throughout all periods of history. There are four sub-disciplines: archaeology, the study of past cultures and civilizations; socio-cultural anthropology, which is concerned with current cultures of all degrees of complexity; physical anthropology, the biological aspects of the human species; and anthropological linguistics, which is concerned with the scientific study of language and its relationship to thought and society.
Anthropology provides very broad training in the social sciences. Therefore, a background in Anthropology is useful in any career in which an understanding of people or the societies in which they live is important. Due to the broad nature of the field, students trained in anthropology have followed a wide range of careers. In recent years, our majors have pursued careers in anthropology, archaeology, law, social work, business, theology, library science, writing, museum work, nursing, computer programming, clinical psychology, education and economic development.
International Affairs in Anthropology majors receive excellent preparation for careers in law, foreign service, international development, international business and economics, government and diplomatic service.
Students with course work and practical experience in archaeology, as well as those with graduate degrees in archaeology, have found employment with public agencies and private organizations concerned with cultural resource management.
Special Resources and Programs:
The archaeology faculty focuses on prehistoric North and South America. The cultural anthropologists have extensive field experience in the Middle East, Oceania, Latin America, and North America.
Periodically, the anthropology faculty offers field schools in prehistoric archaeology, oral history and folklore, and geography. Students also are encouraged to participate in research programs in New England and the Maritime Provinces currently in progress. In recent years students have been hired to work on archaeology field and laboratory projects, in the Maine Folklife Center, and the Hudson Museum of Anthropology.
A minimum of 18 credits in Anthropology is required for the minor, at least 9 of which must be taken at the University of Maine Campus at Orono. Students minoring in Anthropology must pass the following courses with at least a “C-” grade:
The Department of Anthropology cooperates with the Climate Change Institute to train graduate students in prehistoric archaeology. Application is made through the Graduate School. An Individualized Ph.D. in Anthropology is possible under certain circumstances.
(See also, Graduate School Catalog).