The anthropology degree at UVM is flexible enough for you to pursue specialized interests in the discipline. In addition to a more generalized program, concentrations or major foci include archaeology and heritage management, anthropology of global health, and a social action focus.
Anthropology with Archaeology and Heritage Management Focus
Students interested in the study of past human cultures, the preservation and interpretation of archaeological sites and the management of cultural resources will want to consider tailoring their anthropology major major to focus on archaeology and heritage management. We suggest courses that enable you to study major developments in human history, apply archaeological methods to the investigation of specific cultures and regions, and build professional skills surrounding the protection, preservation and interpretation of archaeological cultures, sites, and objects.
Anthropology with Global Health Focus
If you are interested in human health and its variation within and across different populations, cultures, and societies, you'll want to consider tailoring your major or minor in anthropology with a focus on global health. We offer a variety of courses centered on biological and cultural anthropology and related to the body and health in varying cultural, social, and environmental settings. These courses are designed for students with an interest in biological anthropology, medical anthropology, diversity and health, and public and global health.
We offer three different courses of study in this area, ranging from the most in-depth Anthropology Major with a Global Health Focus, to two options requiring fewer courses in related topics, including a Major Concentration in the Anthropology of Global Health, and an Anthropology Minor with a Global Health Focus. Students who complete the most in-depth Anthropology Major with a Global Health Focus option may also design their plan of study to complete the Major Concentration in the Anthropology of Global Health along the way.
Anthropology with Social Action Focus
If you are interested in the ways anthropological approaches to inequality, diversity, and social justice can inform policymaking, the provision of social services, international aid, and advocacy, consider tailoring your anthropology major to focus on social action. Here we outline the social action focus by suggesting a program of courses centered on linguistic and cultural anthropology that interrogate power, inequality, poverty, and social movements in varying sociocultural and historical settings. These suggestions are designed for students with an interest in social justice, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, international development, human rights, and social services, advocacy, and policy.
Beyond the classroom
Anthropology is a living discipline, and the classroom at UVM extends to many locations here in Vermont and abroad. Faculty in our department regularly teach topical classes related to their ongoing research, and students often collaborate with their instructors on curring edge research. At UVM, you will gain practical field experience and an opportunity to do important research that has real world outcomes--before you graduate.
- Cultural Resource Management
- Health (international/public health)
- International Development
- Law, Criminal Justice
Where alumni work
- Cities & municipalities
- Colleges & universities
- Elementary and secondary schools
- Law firms
- Media production companies
- Museums and libraries
- Research Institutes
- Brandeis University
- Boston University
- University of Rhode Island
- University of Sussex
- Parson's School of Design (New School)
- University of Maine
- University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana
- The University of Edinburgh
- Bard College