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For more complex jobs such as forensic anghropology, what undergraduate courses should be taken to ensure a job opportunity in the field?

I want to become a forensic anthropologist, but do not know if I should begin undergraduate as an anthropology or pre-med major. I chose anthropology for most schools since my goal is to not be a doctor, but is that the right course?
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That really depends on the school you go to. Anthropology is pretty funny in that way! Most school in the US ask that you declare your specialty, and you will take most of your classes in that sub field (bio/forensic, archaeology, cultural, or linguistic). My school did not do this, and had a more rounded feel. However, I knew I wanted to do archaeology so I too my elective classes with this in mind.

A good way to get your foot in the door is meeting with professors. Many will have, or have connections to, field schools where you get hands on experience. Going to conferences will also get you these connections, and you will get to learn the latest issues, techniques, etc. in the field.

You will almost certainly need to get a MA in the field, so find a school that works. Chico State is well known for its forensics program, but "The Body Farm" in Tennessee is also a well known place. Whichever school you decide on, you will have to meet with the professors and have them accept you as their grad student.

I can't emphasize enough how much networking plays a roll in this field!

Good luck :)
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