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Anthropology is the study of the entire human experience, divided into four main subfields — cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, and archaeology. The anthropology program at Mary Baldwin University provides an introduction to all four subfields but focuses most extensively on cultural anthropology. As the study of contemporary human societies, cultural anthropology attempts to describe, understand, and explain cultural practices in all human communities, including our own.

Why study anthropology at Mary Baldwin University?
A small but thriving major with a strong sense of community, anthropology students have the opportunity to attend regional conferences, and some have papers accepted for presentation. Interested students can also join the Anthropology Club, which organizes anthropology-related activities on campus and beyond.

Anthropologists find careers in government, the State Department, the Department of Defense, USAID, World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, medicine, epidemiology, public health, ethnic, community or area studies, business, marketing and social and humanitarian agencies, museums, cultural resource management, heritage, tourism and historic preservation, as well as academic careers.

External Resources
This is Anthropology Prezi: a presentation developed by students at the University of Southern Florida to showcase the diversity and relevance of careers in anthropology.

This is Anthropology: a great web resource coordinated by the American Anthropological Association.

Careers in Anthropology: data related to employment in anthropology from the American Anthropological Association.

Society for Applied Anthropology: an organization devoted to the applying the social sciences to real life, especially anthropology.

Campus Connections
Interested students of any major can join the Mary Baldwin Anthropology Club. For information on meeting times and events, please contact Dr. Wightman.

Please also visit our Facebook group, where students and faculty share interesting articles and club events.



Abigail Wightman

Associate Professor of Anthropology; BA, Miami University; MA, PhD, University of Oklahoma...
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