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Anthropology (BA, Minor)

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Vincent Melomo
Associate Professor of Anthropology & Department Chair of Culture, History, and Politics

Get Your Anthropology Degree at William Peace University

Are you curious about what makes us human? At William Peace University, our Anthropology program invites you to explore the rich tapestry of human diversity, culture, and society. Whether you’re fascinated by ancient civilizations or intrigued by modern cultural practices, an Anthropology degree offers a window into understanding our complex world.

What Can a Degree in Anthropology Do For You?

Our Anthropology program invites you to dive headfirst into the fascinating world of human diversity, culture, and society. It’s not just about ancient civilizations or modern practices—it’s about unraveling the mysteries of our complex world and understanding our place in it.

Think of it as more than just a degree—it’s a journey of discovery. Picture yourself exploring bustling cultural festivals, conducting hands-on research in local museums, or even jetting off to faraway lands like Mexico or Greece to immerse yourself in different ways of life. With us, anthropology isn’t just a subject—it’s an adventure waiting to unfold.

Who Is Right for an Anthropology Career?

Anthropology attracts students who are curious about everything and eager to explore the world. If you have a passion for making the world a better place and love thinking deeply about philosophical, psychological, sociological, and political issues, this major is for you.

It’s an excellent choice for those undecided on their career path but interested in diversity, culture, and social justice. Anthropology is also perfect for students who are otherwise interested in sociology and want to gain a holistic understanding of human societies.

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Why Get an Anthropology Degree at WPU?

At William Peace University, our Anthropology program offers a rich blend of classroom learning and hands-on experience. Our supportive faculty will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you get the most out of your academic journey with one-on-one learning opportunities.

Lab and Field Research

Field research is a cornerstone of our program, taking place in our backyard at museums, historic cemeteries, cultural festivals, and through study abroad opportunities. WPU Anthropology students have explored diverse locations, including Mexico, Kenya, Ireland, Peru, Germany, and Greece. We work with students individually to help them define their interests within anthropology and pursue them.

Benefits of Studying Anthropology

Step into the captivating world of anthropology and unlock a wealth of benefits that will shape your understanding of humanity and the world around you:

Embrace our human diversity.
Expand your global awareness and broaden your horizons.
Examine topics and issues from different perspectives.
Think holistically about people and culture.
Think critically about our world and your place in it.

Enhancing Your Major with an Anthropology Minor

An Anthropology minor pairs well with all majors, especially History. It offers students a more complex, critical, and holistic perspective on whatever they pursue, from business to sports to gaming.

Adding an Anthropology minor not only enriches your primary field of study but also provides valuable insights into human behavior and cultural dynamics, broadening your understanding of the world in a meaningful way.

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Career Paths: Anthropology Degree Jobs

Graduates have found success in cultural resource management, museum curation and archiving, social services, community development, education, research, and international development. Our alumni have gone on to graduate programs at prestigious institutions like NC State, ECU, and Johns Hopkins, and have secured impactful jobs in diverse fields.
Careers in Anthropology

A B.A. in Anthropology offers a lot of career options, including:

  • Cultural Resource Management (CRM)
  • Museum Curator/Archivist
  • Social Services and Community Development
  • Education and Research
  • International Development

Related Programs

Global Studies (BA, Minor)

Psychology (BA)

Forensic Science (Minor)

Frequently Asked Questions


Our Anthropology program is designed to equip students with a well-rounded skill set valued across various fields. Graduates find rewarding careers in academia, research, government, business, communications, and non-profit sectors. The program fosters an interdisciplinary perspective, making our students adaptable and marketable in today’s ever-changing workplace.


Many anthropology graduates pursue advanced degrees at institutions like NC State, ECU, and Johns Hopkins. They go on to careers in social science research, museum curation, social services, and various businesses.


We understand the importance of hands-on experience in shaping your Anthropology journey. WPU offers opportunities for internships, fieldwork, and research projects, allowing students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world situations. These experiences enhance your practical skills and prepare you for success in your chosen career path.

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