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Anthropology studies the full range of the human experience from human origins and past cultures to traditional and modern societies. While anthropology documents human behavior and cultural patterns around the world, it is also concerned with assisting people navigate today’s complex and changing world.

When you major in anthropology, core classes will introduce you to archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology.


Academics + Experience = Opportunities

Complement academic preparation with experiential learning, creating more opportunities after graduation. Talk to an academic advisor and a career coach about making the most of your time at Nebraska.


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Transferrable Career Skills

  • Evaluate human behavior and explain social phenomena
  • Examine and address social problems and implement creative solutions
  • Perform analysis of social and cultural issues
  • Use various qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Communicate clearly using different forms of writing for a variety of audiences
  • Collaborate with a team to develop solutions
  • Confidently navigate complex, ambiguous projects and environments
  • Defend and discuss complex issues from multiple angles
  • Examine problems from multiple perspectives


Experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences in anthropology, such as:

  • Interning with the Smithsonian Institution
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  • Researching transgender issues and identification in forensic anthropology
  • Learn more about undergraduate research
  • Studying abroad in Greece to learn about culture and prehistoric archaeology
  • Learn more about education abroad
  • Serving as the AnthroGroup president
  • Learn more about getting involved in student organizations
  • Volunteering with History Nebraska or the National Park Service Midwest Archeological Center
  • Learn more about service learning


As an anthropology major you will have career opportunities in many fields. You might find work with an international business or an agency involved with international development. Anthropology training can lead to careers in intercultural education, health care, law, and human services. You may do cultural preservation and interpretation in parks and on public lands.

Examples of Alumni Careers

  • Archeologist, National Park Service, Midwest Archaeological Center
  • Behavioral Health Technician, Boys Town National Research Hospital
  • Forestry Technician, U.S. Forest Service
  • Geologist, Fulbright
  • Healthy Lifestyle Educator, Clyde Malone Community Center
  • Integrated Resource Technician, National Park Service
  • Primary Education Teacher Trainer, Peace Corps
  • VISTA Leader Position, Americorps
  • Youth Programmer, Asian Community and Cultural Center

Examples of Graduate Schools Attended by Alumni

  • Master's Degree, Museum Studies, University of Leicester
  • Master's Degree, International Development, Universite Joseph Fourier
  • Master's Degree, Education, University of Northern Colorado
  • Physician's Assistant, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Master's Degree, Anthropology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ph. D., Rural Sociology, University of Missouri
  • Master's Degree, Community and Regional Planning, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Master's Degree, Information Management, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Master's Degree, Medical Anthropology, Creighton University
  • Master's Degree, Anthropology, University of Arizona
William Roe

“I loved taking "Experimental Archaeology" with professor Phil Geib. He was always available to ask questions and I was never afraid to approach him with issues I was having with my studies, that and all the help he offered to conduct my experiment really made the class.”

William Roe

Anthropology at Nebraska

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