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What is a good second major to complete with Forensic Anthropology?

I plan on completing a BS in Anthropology, MS in Forensic Anthropology, and continuing on to complete a PhD in Anthropology at BU. What would be a good complementary second major for my undergrad degree to broaden my career choices? I would like to keep my options open in case I decide to change careers/degree tracks later on.
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Zach’s Answer

A business or economics degree will go a long way! Both will challenge you to think critically in quantitative and qualitative ways.
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Vern’s Answer

I suggest you ask this question of a member of the graduate faculty in forensic anthropology to see what knowledge foundation they look for in applicants to the PhD program. There may be a faculty advisor in the Anthropology department. Second majors on an undergraduate level should support the education you seek at the grad. level. Your best advice will come from the anthropology department at the school you want to get your PhD from.

Thank you so much! That's very helpful. Hannah S.

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Larissa’s Answer

I agree, a background in business is always helpful for anyone in the workforce and will definitely broaden your horizons.

Not sure what you have in mind when you say other career choices but psychology, sociology and biology are also great choices which would complement an anthropology degree as well.

Also, when speaking in terms of having other career options, maybe consider something like an MBA in Public Health.

Thanks so much! I hadn't considered a lot of those options. Hannah S.

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Walter’s Answer

For a complementary undergraduate degree, you can't go wrong with either business or communications. No matter your profession, you need to understand how to earn a living and how to communicate your value to others.

Thank you! I'm afraid something along those lines will add too much coursework. But now that you mention it, I do think it would improve my ability to market myself properly so I will definitely look into it! Hannah S.

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Shannon Shae’s Answer

A communications degree will allow you a deeper understanding of how to navigate digital media to drive greater visibility for your work.

Thank you for your feedback! Hannah S.

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Simeon’s Answer

I would recommend a degree in marketing or finance as these are useful degrees for which there are always jobs to look for. If you wanted a more complimentary degree, I might recommend looking at teaching. This will give you the ability to teach better someday if you eventually land a job as a professor and could give you teaching K-12 as a back up plan in case that doesn't work out.
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Matt’s Answer

Hannah, I have a BA in anthropology and an MA in international relations. I work in the software industry in a marketing role.

Perusing a Ph.D. ( I completed the coursework but quit the program when I was studying for comprehensive exams) is pretty close to an all-in or not sort of choice. I suggest focusing on what you like now, what interests you now, not on your complete academic and career path. Study anthropology if that's interesting to you. Add a second major if you can without harming your grades and you have the interest. Then go from there.....

You have a great point! I suppose I just get nervous thinking of locking myself into a specific career path. But I am very interested in anthropology, so I don't think I'll regret it. Thank you for your advice! Hannah S.

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