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Is Anthropology a good choice for you?

  • Do you find yourself observing what people say and don't say? What they wear? How they act? Anthropology majors learn clear, precise record-keeping skills and have to be attentive to detail.
  • Do you ever wonder how we know what we know? Anthropologists learn analytical reading and critical thinking skills that employers want to see on the job market. We read between the lines of a text, we question the author's biases and the cultural context in which the ideas formed, including our own.
  • Do you like traveling, meeting new people, and having new experiences?Anthropologists learn how to deal with unfamiliar social sociations -- new languages, new rules for communication with people from all over the world. We do this through participation in addition to observation so that we can understand where others are coming from.

If you answered "Yes" to any of the above questions, the UWF Anthropology program may be a good fit for you because...

  • while UWF is a moderate-size university (10,000+ students), the Anthropology program is large.
  • Anthropology is a high-profile program locally, regionally, and nationally, as well as on campus.
  • we specialize in hands-on experience in archaeology (terrestrial and underwater), biological anthropology (forensics and bioarchaeology), and cultural anthropology (ethnography).
  • we involve students in all projects.
  • our underwater archaeology focus is the most active in the country.
  • we are national leaders in public archaeology and the headquarters of the state-wide Florida Public Archaeology Network.
  • no other program supports master's graduate students like we do.
  • 90% of our master's graduates are employed in their field or are accepted into doctoral programs.

But what can I do with anthropology? Will I get a job?

Are you planning to go into the fields of medicine, business, or teaching after graduation? If so, a degree in Anthropology could be very useful!

  • Health and Medicine - Anthropology's dual emphasis on biology and culture means that our students learn that physical bodies are constantly affected by the environment and culture. This viewpoint is integral to today's allied health careers.
  • Business - Crunching numbers in econ class will help you predict what will happen in certain circumstances. But Anthropology will teach you how individuals and cultures deal with money, or how people around the world react to global developments in economics.
  • Teaching - A good teacher is attuned to his or her classroom, thinking long and hard about how to convey information in the best possible way, how to use multimedia, how to engage students who take different approaches to learning, and how to remedy old curricula that exclude minorities and other groups. Future teachers will benefit from Anthropology in designing lessons, engaging in instruction, and communicating with students and their parents.

Anthropology is useful for anyone whose future job will require them to develop the interpersonal and communication skills necessary to work with the public.

Students have been receiving bachelor's degrees in anthropology at UWF since 1984 and master's degrees since 1997. They have gone on to successful careers in private business, government and civil service, non-profit organizations, military service, and academia. Our Alumni Spotlights highlight just some of our students' success stories.

  • Career Opportunities for Anthropology Students: Anthropologist, Archaeological Technician, Archaeologist, Corporate Research, Curator, Editor, Educator, Forensic Anthropologist, Museum Administrator, Medical Researcher, Park Ranger, Peace Corps Staffer, Preservationist, Public Relations Analyst, Researcher, Resource Developer, Social Surveys, Social Worker, Writer.
  • Student Jobs: Because UWF has an active anthropology program, we help our anthropology majors find jobs. Many of our students have career-related jobs, allowing them to gain valuable experience while getting paid.


Come join our dynamic, active Anthropology program!

For more information contact the Anthropology Department or come visit us on the first floor of Building 13.