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Where biology and culture meet

The holistic science

By examining civilizations both ancient and modern, anthropology helps us understand enduring problems like inequality, poverty and sexism. Combine the skills you learn in the field while completing your anthropology degree with Eckerd’s liberal arts foundation to launch your career in forensic science, sustainable development, public health, heritage management or international relations.


Dig right in

No need to wait for grad school to do original research. Join your Eckerd College professors in lab or off-site research in Mexico, Belize, the Bahamas, Thailand or the West Indies.

Earn your stripes

Freshman Research Associateships give talented first-year students a head start on solid-gold grad school applications. Includes $1,000 stipend.

Anthropology major Mara Waldruff '10

In Their Own Words

“In class we weren’t just reviewing text books, we were applying lessons to real life scenarios. We compared newspaper clippings, national geographic publications, maps, ethnographies and other relevant sources to the things we were learning. Dr. Meyers’ enthusiasm and knowledge was contagious [and] helped transform my life by giving me purpose, direction, curiosity, mentorship, and a connection to a beautiful and dynamic world outside the classroom.”
— Mara Waldruff ’10
E-Learning & Media Education Specialist

Beyond the Classroom

One recent Anthropology student did life history research with Mayan-speaking communities in Yucatan, Mexico. Another did map surveys of historic sites on Cat Island in the Bahamas. What will you do?

Spend an alternative spring break building hammocks, puzzles and toys for the apes at the Center for Great Apes in Wimauma, FL or Save the Chimps in Fort Pierce, FL.

Service Pics on Flickr

Help excavate an Iron Age site outside Lopburi, Thailand or join a pre-Columbian dig on the Caribbean island of Carriacou. Or spend January tracking howler monkeys, doing plant surveys and interviewing locals in the rainforest of Belize.

See Pics from Thailand

Popular classes

Forensic Anthropology

Analyze human skeletons to determine sex, age, stature, ancestry, pathology and personal identification. Includes a discussion of how these techniques are used in criminal cases.

Sustainable Development

This class looks at how to meet the needs of the world’s population in a way that reduces poverty, improves health and protects the environment for future generations.


Students in Anthropology lab courses work with real human bones as well as casts of fossilized remains in the James Science Center.

Professors use the artifact collections in one of our Environmental Studies labs to teach Principles of Archaeology.

Studying Deveaux House on Cat Island, Bahamas


What can I do with an anthropology degree?

  • Staff Archaeologist
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • High School Teacher
  • Historic Preservation Consultant
  • Epidemiologist
  • Public Health Worker
  • Professor of Anthropology
  • Immigration Attorney
  • University Researcher
  • Wildlife Ecologist

Where our anthropology majors go to graduate school

Archaeology & Museum Studies

  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Florida
  • New Mexico State University
  • University of West Florida
  • University of Cincinnati
  • George Washington University

Development Anthropology & International Business

  • London School of Economics
  • Durham University
  • American University
  • University of Texas, Dallas
  • Hertie School of Management
  • Presidio Graduate School
  • University of Denver

Biological Anthropology & Forensic Anthropology

  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Oregon

Geoscience & Geography

  • Ohio State University
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Washington

International Public Health & Medical Anthropology

  • New York University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of South Florida
  • Harvard University Medical School
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Georgia State University
  • Univ. of Edinburgh

Law & Diplomacy

  • Tufts University
  • University of Miami Law
  • Stetson University Law
  • Santa Clara University Law
  • Boston University Law
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University

Ecological Anthropology & Sustainability

  • University of Georgia
  • University of South Florida
  • American University

Where our anthropology majors go to work

Learn more about Eckerd and our anthropology program