Anthropology offers a distinct perspective for understanding and interpreting the complexity of human experience, past and present. As a result, Anthropology concentrators are well equipped to pursue careers in a diversity of fields. Generally, Anthropology concentrators follow one of three trajectories after graduating from Brown: graduate Studies in Anthropology (or a related field), graduate studies in a professional field, or a professional career that builds on their undergraduate training.
Graduate Studies in Anthropology
Students interested in a career as an anthropologist (or in a closely related academic discipline) will need to pursue a graduate degree, minimally a Master's degree but more commonly a Ph.D. Most often, professional anthropologists are employed in academia (universities, museums, etc.). However, some anthropology graduate students opt for non-academic careers in the public and private sectors. Graduate studies can be undertaken immediately after graduating from Brown or after a few years break from the classroom.
Brown University Anthropology concentrators have pursued graduate training in all areas of anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology (including medical anthropology), anthropological archaeology, linguistic anthropology, and biological anthropology.
Students considering graduate studies in anthropology should recognize the importance of not only their classroom performance but also extracurricular activities and should especially consider pursuing an honors or senior research project during their final years at Brown.
Graduate Studies in a Professional Field
Anthropology is an appropriate concentration for a variety of professional fields that require further training after the undergraduate degree, such as law or medical school. Brown anthropology concentrators benefit from an education that emphasizes a holisistic understanding of the human condition, one that draws on a diversity of perspectives and approaches. Since aspects of the discipline are grounded in the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences, students can readily tailor their concentration to fit their particular post-graduate needs.
A concentration in Anthropology can be applied to a wide range of careers. The program's concern with health, international perspectives, diversity, and inequality equips students to work in a wide range of fields, including, but not limited to local and international development, education, communication and advertising, fine arts, language instruction, and non-profit and non-governmental organizations.