Why study anthropology?

According to our students…

  • “I’ll have a chance to be in an interesting field of work with many different opportunities with this one major.”
  • “Anthropology as a field is very broad so learning is never tedious or boring. As a major it can be applied anywhere from business to forensics.”
  • “I am going to be a doctor, so it’s important for me to understand the cultures and people around me in order to provide the best possible care.”
  • “It opens my mind to an entirely different way of thinking.”

The Department of Anthropology trains students to compete and make meaningful contributions as citizens in a wide range of careers. Anthropologists are increasingly sought after by businesses, nursing programs, educational institutions, government agencies, medical schools, graduate programs, and others concerned to ask and answer interesting and challenging questions about human diversity.


KU Anthropology Events
There are no upcoming events at this time.
Join us this coming Friday, Feb. 27th, for the next Human Migration Series:

ISIS destruction of artifacts linked to group's end-of-times beliefs, KU expert says https://t.co/oqIzARO3Tt
NMML 2012 Conference - Dr. Michael H. Crawford (Part 3 of 3) Narrative, Memory, Migration, and Language Conference. 6 April 2012. Dr. Michael H. Crawford "Peopling of the Aleutian Islands: Myths, Migrations and Genetics". Sponsored by University of Kansas - Department of Anthropology and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Additional Sponsors: Graduate Students of KU Anthropology and Department of Linguistics.


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