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A degree in anthropology provides a unique perspective and opens the door for many job opportunities. Anthropologists are employed in academic, medical, corporate, government, and non-profit careers doing a variety of work.

To complement UVM’s Career Center’s services, anthropology department faculty provide students with individual advising. We also offer ANTH 205 Senior Proseminar in Anthropopgy, which is designed to be taken in conjunction with any 200-level class. This capstone pro-seminar in Anthropology provide a forum to build and package anthropological skill sets and to identify, explore, and plan for your future educational and career opportunities.

 

Filmmaking with an Anthropological Lens

Tyler Wilkinson-Ray in the field

A typical day at the office for commercial filmmaker and UVM anthropology grad Tyler Wilkinson-Ray ’13 might involve standing in knee-deep snow on a 40 degree slope while steadying a video camera in subzero temperatures. “You can find a lot of people with nice equipment and an education in filmmaking who don’t necessarily know how to tell a story,” he says. “You can learn how to use equipment by watching tutorials and just experimenting. What’s harder is to create convincing narratives. The social science background I had at UVM was essential to that.”

Exploring Healing Practices in Africa

Matthew Claeys visits Ghana

Matthew Claeys ’11 recently graduated with an M.A. in African Studies from the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. Matthew was awarded the Kwame Nkrumah Award for Top Performing Student in his class. His research focuses on the perceptions and treatment of mental health in Ghana. For his original research Matthew won a Air Maroc Student Travel Award from the African Studies Association of America, with which he spent time in Morocco and the Western Sahara.

Where do anthropologists work?

Today's anthropologists do not just work in exotic locations. Anthropologists can be found in a surprising array of fields and careers. Anthropologists can be found in corporations, all levels of government, educational institutions and non-profit associations. Find out more from the American Anthropology Association and this Pearson Education site.

Maureen Scanlon '16 on "Why Anthropology?"

"After struggling to decide amongst sociology, history, education, or theology, I came to realize that anthropology was the culmination of these subjects and more; anthropology provides me with the necessary tools to explore the historical and cultural significance of any aspect of human life. Within my coursework in the field at the University of Vermont, I have focused on the intersections between religion, colonialism, and capitalism in Latin America and the Caribbean. My recent travels to Cuba cemented my interest in the political economy of islands and the cultural complexities, power dynamics, and forms of resistance that arise from the colonial encounter."

Maureen Anthro UVM