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Anthropology: Question the physical evolution of the human species, paying close attention to environmental adaptation, language and culture, and globalizing processes as well as kinship, politics, religion, social organization, artistic expression and language.

Get Involved:

  • Anthropology Club
  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • American Sociological Association
  • Institute for Development Anthropology
  • Society for American Archeology
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Students Are Saying:

Classes in Juniata’s anthropology, sociology and social work department have helped me understand why a commitment to social justice is so crucial in today’s society—the department has given me immense opportunities to work toward this much-needed change

-Luke Thompson ’13

Our Recent Graduates in Graduate School

Nicholas Sepulveda ’10 is currently conducting research at the University of Iceland in Rekjavik, Iceland thanks to a Fulbright Fellowship. Inspired by his anthropology work at Juniata, he will be taking Old Norse language and history courses that supplement his Juniata graduate thesis on the history of whaling in medieval Iceland. Studying abroad at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland thanks to a St. Andrews Society of Philadelphia scholarship will certainly help Nick adapt and learn in Rekjavik.

Melissa Boas ’10 is pursuing her master’s degree in biological anthropology at Florida Atlantic University. Her Program of Emphasis (POE) of biology and anthropology has prepared her well for interdisciplinary graduate study.

Kristen Olson ’11 is currently pursuing graduate study at the University of Fairbanks, where she is undertaking an in-depth exploration of indigenous peoples who live above the Arctic Circle. Kristen will be observing and researching many groups, all whom share the environmental difficulties of living in extreme environments and are the first people being significantly impacted by global climate change.

Shelleisha Salmon ’11 and Brittany Gregory ’11 are currently enrolled in graduate study at Morgan State University.

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Rachel Droessler ‘10 attended archaeological field school in Belize for one month after graduating from Juniata. While pursuing her certificate in GIS, Rachel is employed full time by the California Department of Parks and Recreation in her home town of San Diego, Calif., but she also does work with AECOM and Laguna Mountain Environmental, Inc. Rachel also applied to graduate school for the fall of 2011 at San Diego State University in order to further study historical archaeology.

You can read about more outstanding graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in Anthropology?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • research assistant
  • museum technician
  • archeology fieldworker
  • anthropology teacher
  • zoological consultant

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • anthropologist
  • museum curator
  • archeologist
  • archivist
  • preservationist

Possible Employers:

  • hospitals
  • state/federal government
  • colleges/universities
  • international agencies
  • zoological gardens
  • research laboratories
  • U.S. park service
  • business and industry
  • museums

Related Occupations:

  • art conservator
  • geographer
  • bibliographer
  • historian
  • educator
  • paleontologist
  • ethnologist
  • political scientist
  • genealogist
  • sociologist

Stay on Target the Next Four Years

Freshman Year

Increase Self-Awareness
  • Identify your interests, values, and abilities durinn individual career counseling
  • Research occupations in the Career Resource Library
  • Test your interests through volunteer work, student activities, and summer jobs
  • Sign up for a one credit Career Course with Dr. Darwin Kysor

Sophomore Year

Explore Relevant Work Experience
  • Join student organizations relevant to your major
  • Explore and gain summer relevant work experience
  • Contact alumni through Juniata Connect and conduct informational interviews
  • Shadow a professional for a day to gain insight on a job
  • Participate in career workshops and seminars (published in daily announcements)
  • Create a profile in Juniata Connect and link to alumni in your areas of interest
  • Attend events that include Juniata alumni to build your network

Junior Year

Prepare for the Professional World
  • Network at career fairs
  • Attend resume and cover letter workshops
  • Simulate a mock interview
  • Explore and gain summer relevant work experience/internship
  • If you plan to attend graduate school, start preparing now
  • Participate in career workshops and seminars (published in daily announcements)

Senior Year

Implement Career Choices
  • Attend career fairs and other networking events
  • Participate in on-campus interviewing
  • Create a profile and upload a resume on Juniata Jobs to search job postings
  • Create a LinkedIn account and network with professionals for job leads

Notable Internship Sites:

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Fort Roberdeau Historic Site
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
  • Trail Blazers
  • Lutherlyn
  • Gould Farm
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

  • Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
  • Michael J. Pennington,
    MHRM, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director