Anthropology students from the University of Akron at a conference

Careers in Anthropology, Classical Studies, and Archaeology

Contact the department student adviser for information on pursuing a major or minor in Anthropology, a Classical Studies minor, or a Field Certificate in Archaeology.
Dr. Patricia Vinyard
The University of Akron
Dept. of Anthropology and Classical Studies
Olin Hall 243
Akron, OH 44325-1910

What can I do with a degree in Anthropology?

The answer is: almost anything! The skills gained through an anthropology degree transfer well to any career that involves critical thinking, and analyzing human behavior and the human condition from multiple perspectives. A good place to begin researching the value of a degree in anthropology is through the American Anthropological Association. This professional organization has links to such areas as careers, professional development, publications, and involvement in public policy and advocacy issues. This is Anthropology is a site that defines anthropology and expands the search on how to become an anthropologist,necessary skills, career prospects, and required education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook projects a growth rate of 10 to 19 percent for anthropologists and archaeologists with a master's degree. Respondents to an American Anthropological Association survey describe their careers with a degree in anthropology. Click American Anthropological Association describes careers in Anthropology to view the list. Other links for Anthropology career information: Ask.comMiami Ohio; Practicing Anthropology

What can I do with a minor in Classical Studies? 

A minor in Classical Studies provides a foundation in the liberal arts which values knowledge for its own sake, and the development of skills and abilities that can be applied to all fields of endeavor.  Our minors are prepared not only to enter the field of classics, but also to enter a wide variety of other disciplines and professions including history, political science, drama, philosophy, law, medicine, pharmacy, banking, architecture, business, museum work, and library science. 

What can I do with a certificate in Archaeology? 

An archaeology certificate provides the necessary field experience for students interested in digging through the past to help define our future. Archaeology is often combined with anthropology. In fact, many of the majors in the Dept. of Anthropology and Classical Studies also earn the Archaeology Certificate. You can further explore this fascinating field and its career opportunities by researching beginning with these links:

Miami Ohio

Simply Hired


Texas A&M

So You Want My Job

Arts & Sciences Graduates - What Do They Become?

Companies founded or headed by an Arts & Sciences graduate include:

Amazon    American Express    Bank of America    CNN    DirecTV    ebay    NBC Universal    Pinterest    Time Warner Cable    Starbucks    Pepsico

Source:  The Phi Beta Kappa Society

UA Career Services

Career Services provides career advising and programming while you develop valuable relationships with employers and campus partners. This service provides you with ample opportunities for experiential learning and career development and placement during and after your time at UA.

Some of what Career Services can help you with:

  • Cover letter writing
  • Prepare for graduate school
  • Interviewing
  • Job search
  • Resume writing
  • On-campus Career Fairs

Other resources:

What do Arts & Sciences graduates become?

Companies founded or headed by an Arts & Sciences graduate include:

  • Amazon
  • American Express
  • Bank of America
  • CNN
  • DirecTV
  • eBay
  • NBC Universal
  • Pinterest
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Starbucks
  • Pepsico