Anthropology

Why a Degree in Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of human behavior, both ancient and contemporary, in their evolutionary, cultural, and linguistic context from prehistoric times to the present. It considers how peoples' behavior changes over time, why and how people and their cultures across the globe are different and the same, how the human species evolved over millions of years, and how individuals understand and operate successfully in distinct cultural settings.

The discipline includes five broad fields -- cultural anthropology, forensic anthropology, anthropological linguistics, medical anthropology and archaeology. Each field teaches distinctive, but overlapping skills, such as applying theories, employing research methodologies, formulating and testing hypotheses, and developing extensive sets of data toward answering questions about the human condition.

Anthropological training cultivates skills in critical thinking, oral and written expression, but most important, the ability to negotiate within culturally diverse environments. Anthropology prepares students for career paths in business, research, teaching, advocacy, and public service. Anthropology also provides a successful pathway for further graduate or professional study in anthropology, law, medicine, public health, and other sciences. 

Sample Occupations

  • Archaeologist
  • Lawyer
  • Professor
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Researcher
  • Cartographer
  • Forensic Technician
  • Museum Curator
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Corporate Anthropologist
  • Interpreter and Translator

Professional Associations

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Montana Archaeological Society
  • Montana Anthropology Students Association
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • American Association of Physical Anthropology
  • Linguistics Society of America
  • Society for Medical Anthropology
  • The American Board of Forensic Anthropology