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Why Major in Anthropology at UD

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Anthropology majors and minors at the University of Delaware take classes that prepare them for a wide range of employment opportunities, including medicine, business, law, and education. Our program also prepares students for advanced graduate study in the humanities and sciences.  The Anthropology Department at the University of Delaware has an established track record and outstanding reputation for training students to graduate from college with crucial skills for understanding the complexities of human life. Students participate in research alongside our faculty, and this allows them to advance individual interests that pertain to their career goals and carry them beyond college. 

The Department of Anthropology is known for providing its undergraduates with a true learning community, where excellent facilities are combined with close personal contact between students and faculty.  Our students have accompanied professors to research sites in Latin America, Southeast Asia, among many other locations, and have worked side-by-side with them at archeological field sites. Travel funds and award opportunities support undergraduates who conduct research. Some of our students serve as undergraduate teaching assistants to faculty.

Our students take introductory and advanced courses in each of the main subfields of anthropology. Students can fill out their anthropology degree with courses that focus on particular world areas or themes, such as biological, medical, and public health issues, disasters and humanitarianism, the impacts of globalization, religion, art and material culture, and on archeology.

Our courses expose students to hands-on archaeological fieldwork, ethnographic fieldwork, and laboratory opportunities and a chance to explore human diversity on campus and in study abroad courses. 

Our active Anthropology Club allows students to deepen their engagement with peers and faculty who share common interests; to plan and sponsor activities and talks; and to travel with fellow anthropologists to conferences, research sites, and symposia.

We are committed to providing our students with an education that broadens understandings of human diversity and provides the tools and resources for seeking a livelihood in and inhabiting a complex world.

UD Anthropology Field Notes blog- Learn about students and faculty in the field

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