WCIDWMM - Anthropology

What Can I Do With a Major in Anthropology

Anthropology investigates the diversities and commonalities of human experiences across the world. Studying Anthropology helps students develop analytical skills that are critical to succeeding in teaching, research, advocacy, business, policy analysis and public service.  

Two elements distinguish Anthropology: an intensely comparative, wide-ranging view of human society and culture, and a strong desire to know how individuals in specific cultures make sense of the world and respond to its challenges. Anthropologists are committed to understanding common aspects of human social life, despite apparent differences. They typically spend long periods of time doing field research where they interact with people in their environment to gain cultural understanding.  

The Department of Anthropology offers a wide range of courses, from the history of the Anthropology to contemporary theory and practice, leading to a Bachelor of Arts. 

Students interested in Anthropology can complete: 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology) 

  • Bachelor of Arts and Science (Anthropology) 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology)/Bachelor of Education (BEd) 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology)/Bachelor of Management (BMgt) 

The combined degrees leverage synergies with other Bachelor programs and open up additional career opportunities.   

For more information contact the Faculty of Arts and Science: https://www.uleth.ca/artsci/anthropology 

 

Skills

  • Careful Record-Keeping 

  • Communication (Oral & Written) 

  • Cross-Cultural Understanding 

  • Data Analysis and Interpretation 

  • Decision Making  

  • Deriving Knowledge from Artifacts 

  • Forecasting/Projecting Results 

  • Foreign Language Proficiency 

  • Intellectual Ability  

  • Investigative Skills 

  • Logical Thinking 

  • Non-Judgmental 

  • Observation Skills 

  • Positive Attitude 

  • Recognizing Cultural Differences & Similarities  

  • Research Ability 

  • Statistical Ability 

  • Summarizing Skills 

  • Team Player 

  • Testing Ideas/Hypotheses 

  • Work Independent 

Work Environment 

Anthropologists work in a wide range of environments and organizations. They may choose to work in corporations, non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, art galleries, research laboratories, historical societies, zoo or zoological gardens, urban and regional planning companies, developmental and international aid agencies, community or city planning companies, immigrant assistance organizations, cultural organizations or resources management agencies. They may also work in universities and museums as teachers and researchers, or in governmental agencies as community planners, social scientists, education officers and public health analysts.  

 

Key Areas of Specialization: Sociocultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Linguistics, Archaeology, Biology Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology 

Career Possibilities 

These jobs are normally intended for new graduates and require 0 to 2 years of experience. It is important to note that many entry level positions require some related experience or demonstrated ability to perform job-related tasks. Even those positions that do not require experience will still prefer an experienced candidate if one is available. 

  • Archaeology Fieldworker 

  • Archives Assistant 

  • Curatorial Assistant 

  • Customer Service Representative 

  • Exhibit Assistant 

  • Foreign Service Officer 

  • Heritage Interpreter 

  • Immigration Officer 

  • Management Trainee 

  • Museum Host/Hostess 

  • Program Coordinator/Assistant 

  • Research Assistant 

  • Settlement Officer 

  • Survey Interviewer 

  • Volunteer Coordinator 

These jobs generally require extensive, relevant work experience and/or further education. 

  • Anthropologist 

  • Anthropology Teacher 

  • Archivist 

  • Art Conservator 

  • Animal Welfare Worker 

  • Caseworker 

  • Community Development Specialist 

  • Coroner/Medical Examiner 

  • Cultural Artifact Specialist 

  • Conservationist 

  • Exhibit Designer 

  • Epidemiology 

  • ESL Teacher 

  • Ethnologist 

  • Forensic Anthropologist 

  • Genealogist 

  • Historical Archaeologist 

  • Health & Science Administrator 

  • Information, Culture & Recreation Program Designer 

  • Librarian 

  • Linguist 

  • Museum Technician 

  • Museum Curator 

  • Multiculturalism Educator 

  • National/Provincial Park Interpreter 

  • Native Services Worker 

  • Naturalist 

  • Paleontologist 

  • Preservationist 

  • Public Health Educator 

  • Professor 

  • Research Associate 

  • Rural Development Officer 

  • Social Scientist/ Analyst  

  • Social Worker 

  • Teacher 

  • Technical Consultant 

  • Translator 

  • Toxicologist  

  • Zookeeper 

On average, people change their careers three to five times in their lifetime. So, no matter what major you choose, you may still be interested in opportunities totally unrelated to your program of study. We encourage you to be open to all possibilities! Your undergraduate degree can be a springboard for other educational pursuits, and your transferable skills and experience can prepare you to work in a multitude of settings. 

  • Academic Advisor/Counsellor 

  • Advocate 

  • Bilingual Administrator 

  • Ecotourism Director 

  • Employment Recruiter 

  • Foreign Affair Officer 

  • Graphic Design Museum Assistant 

  • Human Resources Manager 

  • Immigration Inspector 

  • Impact Assessment Officer 

  • Industrial Psychologist 

  • Internship Coordinator 

  • Journalist 

  • Management Consultant 

  • Market Research Representative 

  • Marketing Researcher 

  • Multicultural Program Leader 

  • Program & Curriculum Coordinator 

  • Public Relation Specialist 

  • Regional Campus Coordinator 

  • Senior Thesis Coordinator 

  • Travel Agent/Guide 

  • Undergraduate Coordinator 

  • Writer/Editor 

Useful Resources

Add Value to Your Degree

The more you do to differentiate yourself, the more likely you are to succeed in building a fulfilling career path for yourself. It takes more than just attending classes to stand out amongst other students and new graduates. Become an explorer! Try new things, challenge yourself, build unique skills, and connect with diverse people.

Use the ideas listed below to help you brainstorm experiences to add value to your degree. For more ideas on experiential opportunities at the University of Lethbridge, view the Student Experience Transcript. 

Making connections with others is one of the best ways to learn about the world of work and gain access to career-building opportunities. Making meaningful connections with people is often called building a network.  Building these connections can give you access to jobs before they are posted, or to jobs that are not publicly posted. Employers like to hire people they have already built relationships with, and are more likely to hire people who have been recommended by trusted colleagues and friends.

Start building your network by attending Career Fairs and other on-campus recruitment events found on the Career Services Events page within the Career Bridge portal. Get introduced to career professionals in a welcoming and approachable way through uLethbridge Connect at Ten Thousand Coffees. Consider joining a professional association to help you find opportunities to meet experienced professionals in your field, find training opportunities, be paired with a mentor, or get involved in committees or other volunteer positions.

Co-operative Education allows you to earn income through real-world work experience that is related to your academic studies. Completing a co-op work term provides you with an opportunity to build your skills in a practical work setting, network with employers, and increase your marketability after graduation.

 

Co-operative education is available to undergraduate and graduate-level students within a variety of programs in the Faculty of Arts & Science, Dhillon School of Business, Faculty of Fine Arts, and Faculty of Health Sciences. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how co-op works here.

The Applied Studies program offers you the opportunity to earn academic credit for learning gained through employment or volunteer experiences. Placements provide skill development and experiential learning related to your studies by integrating principles learned in the classroom with practical situations encountered on the job.

Participating in clubs and running for student government are great ways to build employability skills, learn how to work with others, and demonstrate your leadership abilities.

The University of Lethbridge Students’ Union is committed to building a rewarding and enriching experience for undergraduate students. They have positions for Executive Council members and General Assembly members, as well as an extensive list of ratified clubs, offering opportunities to get involved in areas of interest and in leadership positions.

The Graduate Students’ Association’s mandate is to identify and advocate for graduate student needs. They have GSA Executive positions, GSA Council positions, and a mentorship program for incoming students.  

 

The University of Lethbridge provides many different opportunities to gain research experience in addition to the required courses in your degree program.

An independent study is a chance for you to design your own research project for course credit under the supervision of a professor of your choice. Course work usually requires independent library research and/or field work and/or a major term paper. For more information, meet with an Academic Advisor and the Department or Faculty member under whom you wish to pursue an Independent Study.

You can also opt to complete an Undergraduate Thesis Course. This will allow you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree and is a great springboard into graduate studies and professional programs. Fourth-year standing and a cumulative GPA of 3.30 is required to complete an Honours Thesis; it is also helpful to have previous research experience like Independent Studies. For more information, contact the Department or Faculty member under whom you with to pursue your Honours Thesis.

The Office of Research and Innovation Services has a wealth of information on additional research opportunities for students, including Student Funding, Student Research Positions, AGILITY, and events. The School of Graduate Studies has information on Research Opportunities/Graduate Student Positions and GA/Co-op/Internship Opportunities. If you are interested in building your research portfolio, do not miss out on these opportunities!

International experience builds valuable employability skills like adaptability, multi-cultural awareness, and the initiative to take on new challenges. Gain an international perspective by participating in Education Abroad opportunities like semester exchanges, study tours, field studies, work-study tours, internships, and more.  Learn about international careers and resources through MyWorldAbroad (available within the Career Bridge portal). 

 

 

 

Volunteerism is an excellent way to demonstrate your current skills, build new skills, and grow your network. If you are not sure where to get started, connect with UVolunteer, the University of Lethbridge’s partnership with Volunteer Lethbridge. If you already volunteer, UVolunteer can provide you with a framework to organize and document your volunteer work. If you are not sure how or where to get involved, UVolunteer can help you find volunteer opportunities that meet your needs and the needs of your community. Also consider volunteering with a local Board, Commission, or Committee