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Program Type: Undergraduate

Minor Requirements: View Requirements

Department: Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy

We prepare students both for career opportunities and graduate work in anthropology. Anthropology is the study of human beings, both biologically and culturally, in the past and present, mostly in the non-Western world, mostly through the method of fieldwork and/or labwork. Our anthropology program is home to exceptionally dedicated faculty with a variety of distinct academic specializations, including the subfields of cultural anthropology (study of the great variety of societies and cultures in the world today); archaeology (study of past societies and cultures); biological anthropology (study of the evolution and biological nature of humans and our primate relatives); anthropological linguistics (study of language and its relationship to culture); and applied anthropology (the use of anthropological knowledge to help solve practically oriented problems). We offer students opportunities to go on archaeology digs, develop museum exhibits, conduct observations and research at the Cincinnati Zoo, do research with various peoples throughout the state and nation, serve as research assistants to faculty, and travel to places such as Belize, Thailand, Ireland, Kenya, and Fiji.

Program Contacts

Joan Ferrante
FH 595E

Students in the Spotlight

Paul Pfeiffer

Paul Pfeiffer

Graduating Year: Sophomore student

Education: Organizational Leadership Major; Anthropology Minor

"My name is Paul Pfeiffer, and I am an adult student here at NKU. Most of my life has been spent around the Cincinnati area. My major is organizational leadership and I have found that the anthropology minor has been an interesting addition to my major. I especially enjoyed classes such as cultural and linguistic anthropology. These classes explored how different cultures understand and see the world. I recommend anthropology classes for anyone who is interested in learning more about other cultures and how they are both similar and different to our own."

Find Your Passions & Build Your Future

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  • Co-curricular Opportunities: We offer various opportunities for you to actively engage with faculty and your fellow students through our vibrant SAPiens Student Society, Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society, and Tuath an Ard Tíre Ardaí: The Celtic Studies Club.
  • Internships: Our students have numerous internship opportunities in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area including opportunities with the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Parker Academy, etc. Other internship opportunities include national park services (and their cultural resources diversity program), American Museum of Natural History, Earthwatch Institute.
  • Career Explorations: Our innovative, interdisciplinary courses, such as ANT 202: Biological Anthropology, ANT 321: Medical Anthropology, ANT 330: Women, Gender, and Culture, ANT 345: Environmental Anthropology, provide a glimpse into various careers in anthropology. Or you might be interested other various opportunities we offer in archaeology digs, museum exhibits, observations and research at the Cincinnati Zoo, research with various peoples throughout the state and nation, research assistants to faculty, or a study abroad in Belize, Thailand, Ireland, Kenya, and Fiji.
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