Anthro/Sociology Careers

Career Paths & Interests

After their introductory courses, students choose a trajectory through the major based on their interests. Because the program covers such a wide range of disciplines and subjects, students with a broad range of interests and passions will find courses to creatively engage and intellectually challenge them.
Our students regularly go on to pursue graduate study in anthropology or sociology. Students interested in graduate programs in anthropology or sociology should take theory, methods, and electives in their chosen discipline, seek out independent, mentored research opportunities, and discuss further preparation with their advisors.
The program also prepares students broadly, in ways that are relevant to any number of careers. Below are just a few examples of how students might combine particular theory, methods, and elective courses to prepare for careers and graduate programs in a diverse array of fields. These lists don’t represent the only paths though the major—they are not established tracks. However, they illustrate connections between some of the courses we offer and provide a few sample trajectories.

Public Health and Other Healthcare-Related Fields

• Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology (ANT 120)
• Social Structure (SOC 120)
• Macrosociological or Microsociological Theory (SOC 303 or 306)
• Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (ANT/SOC 301 and ANT/SOC 305)
• Sociology of Health and Illness (SOC 375)
• Family Life (SOC 103)
• GIS and the Environment (ANT 360)
• Human Evolution (ANT 365)
• Forensic Anthropology (ANT 361)
• Community-Based Anthropology (ANT 315)
• Women, Body, Culture (ANT 333)
Outside courses such as Healthcare Economics, Biomedical Ethics, Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 225), and Statistics (MAT 130)
Internships in related fields

Non-Profit, Social Work, Service, or Development Related Fields

• Social Structure (SOC 120)
• Macrosociological Theory (SOC 303)
• Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (ANT/SOC 301 and ANT/SOC 305)
• Community-Based Anthropology (ANT 315)
• The Happy Society (SOC 321)
• Sustainable Communities (SOC 375)
• Race and Ethnicity (ANT 335/SOC 320)
• African American Cultures (ANT 337), Anthropology of American Culture (ANT 338), or relevant area studies course such as Introduction to Latin American Studies (LAS 210), etc.
Study abroad, especially with a service-learning or internship component
Outside courses in International Relations Development track such as Women and Development (POL 351), Shepherd Poverty program
• Service-learning, such as the Bonner Scholars program
• Internships, such as a recent internship with the Washington Council on Latin America as the Cuba intern


Museum, Historical Preservation, or Heritage-Related Fields

• Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology (ANT 120)
• History of Anthropological Thought (ANT 304)
• Archaeology: Theory and Practice (ANT 380)
• Introduction to Folklore (ANT 340)
• Anthropology of Tourism (ANT 320)
• Kentucky Prehistory (ANT 383)
• Native Peoples of North America (ANT 391)
• Pyramids and Politics: Exploring Peru’s Prehistoric Past (ANT 456)
• Human Evolution (ANT 365)
• Additional archaeology electives such as Inkas Mayas Aztecs (ANT 385) or Archaeology, Prehistory, and Ancient Civilizations (ANT 381)
Internships or independent studies at local museums, Kentucky Heritage Council, working with Centre collections, such as recent internships at the NHHC’s Underwater Archaeology Branch
Outside courses in U.S. or world history

Sustainability and Environment-Related Fields

• Social Structure (SOC 120)
• History of Anthropological Thought (ANT 304) or Macrosociological Theory (SOC 303)
• GIS and the Environment (ANT 360)
• Ecological Anthropology (ANT 350)
• Paleokitchen: The Archaeology of Food (ANT 384)
• Sustainable Communities (SOC 375)
A double major or minor in Environmental Studies, outside courses such as Introduction to Environmental Studies (ENS 210), Introduction to Ecology (ENS 270), or Sustainability (ECO 365)
Internships or independent studies in related fields