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Is anthropology a good major?

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Erin’s Answer

Anthropology is a great, broad-based major that can form the foundation of a lot of great career opportunities. Anthropology teaches you how to look critically at people and culture -- things like history, language, material culture (archaeology), physical anthropology/human biology, and even food, rituals, religion. It's a fascinating topic! You can take an anthropology degree and apply it directly in a careers such as an archaeology, forensics, or academia. But you can also take it in other directions that might not be as obvious. Marketing, Human Resources or even General Management are career paths in the business world that all draw on ideas from anthropology. Anthropology is all about understanding people. It's relevant for almost anything!

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Check out the American Anthropological Association for more info on Anthropology as a field, events and ideas on possible career paths. https://www.americananthro.org/

Terrific overview of how anthropology teaches you to think discerningly and what opportunities it positions you for. Olivia Khalili

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I work in the field of customer understanding—helping companies see things from their customer's point of view. This is harder than it sounds, because we, as humans, experience the world through our own senses. So, it's natural that we tend towards a self-centric view when we try to see things from the outside-in. Some of the most successful and impactful people I've worked with in the field of customer understanding and experience research have an anthropology background.

Some other interesting backgrounds I've seen be super impactful are medical anthropology and nutritional anthropology. Quite a bit of our medical and food science is questionable, and folks with that anthropology background truly understand how to read and interpret study data and relate it to humans.

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Food for thought: https://www.inc.com/wanda-thibodeaux/this-tech-company-brought-in-anthropologists-to-work-with-its-designers-heres-why.html

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