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Anthropology

As an anthropology major, you’ll study the complex social and cultural relationships that define human communities and learn how to conduct engaged, collaborative, field-based research. You’ll be able to investigate topics ranging from identity politics and globalization to the origins of agriculture and the rise of empires. The settings you’ll explore can take you from the lowland rain forest of ancient Mesoamerica to the mountains of the Himalayas, from prisons in Latin America to a synagogue on New York City’s Lower East Side, from medical research centers in Tanzania to the colonial era Finger Lakes. 

Sample Courses

  • Medicine, Culture and Society
  • The Rise and Fall of "Civilization"
  • Cultural Diversity and Contemporary Issues
  • Myth, Ritual and Symbol

Post-Graduate Outcomes

All information below is based on the 2014-2018 First-Destination Post-Graduate Survey. Lists are not exhaustive; rather, they are a sampling of the data. 
"Other" includes time off, travel, volunteer experiences, and/or preparing for graduate school.
If you would like more information, please email as_careers@cornell.edu

2014-2018 Anthropology graduates reported being Employed and Attending Graduate School at similar rates, approximately 3/4 of graduates.

63% of the Class of 2014-2018 anthropology graduates completed the survey. n = 39

Below, you will find:

  • Top Employment Sectors
  • Where Graduates Work
  • Top Graduate Fields
  • Where Graduates Study

Top Employment Sectors

  • Other Nonprofit Organization
  • Education
  • Consulting/Prof. Practice
  • Law
  • Human Healthcare Services
  • Communications/Media
  • Technology
  • Biotech/Pharma/Life Sciences
  • Insurance
  • Government

Where 2014-2018 Anthropology Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Beveridge & Diamond, PC Assistant Paralegal
Cayuga Medical Center Medical Scribe
Deloitte Consulting Business Analyst (2)
Hawaii Home & Remodeling Magazine Digital Editor
IBM UX Designer
McDermott, Will, & Emery LLP Paralegal
Muss Family Dentistry Dental Assistant
Office of District Attorney of NY County Paralegal/Trial Preparation Assistant
Progressive Casualty Insurance Claims Adjuster Associate
RTI International Public Health Analyst
SNBL USA Veterinary Technician
Teach for America Teacher (2)
US Green Building Council Design Consultant

Top Graduate Fields Pursued

  • Law
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • History of Art
  • Medicine
  • Linguistics

Graduate Degrees Pursued

  • PhD
  • JD
  • MA
  • Certification/License
  • Mater en Droit
  • MSN
  • Post-Baccalaureate

Where 2014-2018 Anthropology Graduates Study

  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • New York University
  • Paris Institute of Political Studies
  • Stanford University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • Tulane University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • University of California-San Diego
  • University of Chicago
  • Virginia Commonwealth University