Anthropology has broad appeal—simply because it is interesting. Anthropology is the study of humans through time and space and provides a perspective in global awareness, an understanding of the diversity of people, and critical thinking skills that are transferable to careers in business, research, writing, teaching, and public service. More and more businesses are recognizing the “value” of anthropologists and their ability to understand and work well with people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Anthropology teaches us to recognize and appreciate the value of diversity through the study of different cultures and will change your perspective about the world and about its people.
There are many areas of anthropological study....
Sociocultural Anthropology - Seeks to understand the internal logic of societies through ethnography
Archaeology - Retrieves artifacts from the past and places them in context to understand our history and its relevance for today
Linguistic Anthropology - Seeks to explain the very nature of language and its use by humans
Medical Anthropology - Seeks to better understand factors that influence peoples' health and well being
Forensic Anthropology - Seeks to identify skeletal, or otherwise decomposed, human remains
Business Anthropology - Helps businesses gain a better understanding of their activities and customers
Visual Anthropology - Documents everyday life through filmmaking
Environmental Anthropology - Believes that the well-being of the environment goes hand in hand with the well-being of people
Museum Anthropology - Interprets ethnographic and archaeological collections to the general public
Even if you only take one course in anthropology, you will obtain some valuable and marketable skills. One skill that is very useful in working with other people is the ability for “perspective-taking”. The realization that not everyone has your experiences, your language, your culture—will give you a unique understanding of how potential conflict can arise in the workplace. By recognizing and appreciating the value of diversity through studying different cultures from anthropological course work, you will have gained a unique skill set that is invaluable in any job/career.
Anthropology teaches you to be a critical thinker and to question, question, question. Every time you read a headline, or watch a video on You Tube, or eat genetically engineered food, pump gas, take your antibiotics, or listen to your Ipod—you are connecting with your culture and using the information you learned in anthropology. Anthropology makes you smarter by informing you of the relatedness of everything—the holism of your culture.
If you do all the assignments in this class—anthropology will make you a better writer. The ability to use the English language is a very desirable skill set for today's employers. There is no way around it, if you can write well and speak knowledgeably about today's current events—you are marketable.
If you like anthropology, then explore it. If you want to get a job as an accountant, then take the courses for that too. If you are exploring anthropology as a major for a liberal arts degree—personally, I feel that you can be no better served than a major in anthropology. Just remember when you go for that job—many of your employers have no idea of the value of anthropology. It is your responsibility to write your resume in a way that demonstrates your transferable skills.