What can you do with a Masters of Arts in Anthropology? Lots!

Upon completion of the MA program in Anthropology at CSUF, students interested in staying in academia may teach at some universities or colleges OR continue their academic studies in pursuit of a higher degree (PhD) in search of the more traditional anthropological careers of teaching and research. Academic anthropologists find careers in anthropology departments, social science departments, and a variety of other departments or programs, including medicine, epidemiology, public health, ethnic, community, or area studies, linguistics, cognitive psychology, and neural science.

While the job market for academic anthropologists is relatively steady, demand for anthropologists is increasing in other areas, stimulated by growing demand for analysts and researchers with excellent critical thinking skills who can manage, evaluate, and interpret large volumes of data on human behavior for businesses, government entities and other organizations/institutions. An anthropologist is a trained observer who knows the importance of collecting data, in listening and watching what others are doing, in reflecting on what has actually as well as apparently occurred, in researching the context, in applying various explanatory models, and in adopting a broad perspective for developing a fuller understanding of a topic or issue. Whatever the topic of research, anthropologists share a particular holistic vision that requires using a repertoire of methods (social, behavioral, biological and other scientific research methods) in order to forge a deeper understanding of situations and human behavior.

In short, a MA in Anthropology prepares students for excellent jobs and opens doors to various academic and non-academic career paths. It is no exaggeration to say that anthropology exposes students to global information and cultivates thinking skills critical to succeeding in the 21st century in business, research, teaching, advocacy, and public service.