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About the Undergraduate Program in Anthropology

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Anthropology is an exciting and interesting area of study for students at the University of Florida. Anthropology is the study of people in their cultural context and the examination of all aspects of patterned social behavior. The discipline is worldwide in scope, encompassing all aspects of human biological and social life from the earliest times to the present. Anthropology is a broad, holistic field that seeks to understand human adaptation to natural and social environments. Anthropology includes the following four-subfields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics.

Why Anthropology?

A BA in Anthropology prepares students to work in today’s complex world, where international activities characterize business, government, and education, and an understanding of human interaction can empower a number of professions. Anthropology majors learn about different groups of people, their prehistory, and their diversity through a discipline that combines science and the humanities. Many undergraduate Anthropology majors go on to graduate school in the social sciences, while others use Anthropology to prepare themselves for professional careers. Read more about the applications of and approaches to Anthropology (PDF).

However, not all undergraduates who major in anthropology intend to pursue graduate studies. Some students choose anthropology because of the unique combination of culture, biology, and geographic diversity that anthropology offers. Others hope to pursue studies in professional programs at the University of Florida or other institutions in the fields of law, medicine, education, library science, public affairs, urban planning, and more.

Those majors planning to enter one of the professional colleges should seek counseling from the Office of Health and Legal Professions at the Academic Advising Center. Other resources regarding graduate work and career planning can be found at the Career Counseling Center in the Reitz Union.

Image of ongoing anthropology lecture Those who are considering careers as professional anthropologists should consult with Department faculty about opportunities for graduate study at the University of Florida or at other institutions.

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida is ranked as one of the best in the country. There are over forty anthropologists on campus. In addition to the teaching faculty, anthropologists hold appointments at the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the C. A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory. Anthropology at the University of Florida is especially strong in Latin American Studies, African Studies, Southeastern Archaeology, Applied Anthropology, and Forensic Anthropology (see our synergies and affiliations). Course offerings reflect the diverse expertise of the faculty.

Some examples of course topics:

Sociocultural Anthropology: urban and peasant societies, medical anthropology, crisis and disasters, human rights, refugees, Diaspora studies, sex roles, women and development, North and South American ethnography, gender
studies, environmental anthropology

Archaeology: African archaeology, Central and South American Archaeology, Caribbean, Florida and North American archaeology, lithic technology, ethnoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology, pottery analysis, dietary reconstruction

Biological Anthropology: paleoanthropology, bioarchaeology, nutritional anthropology, primatology, human osteology, forensic anthropology, molecular anthropology

Linguistics: Native literacy, language and gender, linguistic theory

Want to Learn More about the Anthropology Program at UF?

  • Anthropology Majors should visit the Coursework and Requirements page to learn more about completing a degree in Anthropology at UF. Majors should regularly visit their academic advisor throughout their time at UF, view the following page more information on Advising. If you are interested in studying abroad or conducting research with a faculty member, read the Opportunities and Resources for Majors page for details.
  • Anthropology Minors can learn about credit requirements and coursework here.
  • Prospective Students can get information about applying the university, transferring from another university, and the undergraduate anthropology program at UF at the following page.
  • Resources are available for students interested in Anthropology such as links to on campus resources and information about financial aid and funding. Students who would like to learn more about student groups such as uFASA or Lambda Alpha should also visit this page.

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