Beyond the Concentration

Anthropology offers a distinct perspective for understanding and interpreting the complexity of human experience, past and present. As a result, Anthropology concentrators are well equipped to pursue careers in a diversity of fields.

Generally, Anthropology concentrators follow one of three trajectories after graduating from Brown: graduate studies in Anthropology (or a related field), graduate studies in a professional field, or a professional career that builds on their undergraduate training.

Releasing Poloc
Releasing Poloc. Photo by Lauren Deal.

Graduate Studies in Anthropology

Students interested in a career as an anthropologist (or in a closely related academic discipline) will need to pursue a graduate degree, minimally a Master's degree but more commonly a Ph.D.  Professional anthropologists are employed in academia (universities, museums, etc.) or in non-academic careers in the public and private sectors. 

Brown University Anthropology concentrators have pursued graduate training in all areas of anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology (including medical anthropology), anthropological archaeology, linguistic anthropology, and biological anthropology.Chinese New Year

Students considering graduate studies in anthropology should recognize the importance of not only their classroom performance but also extracurricular activities and should especially consider pursuing an honors or senior research project during their final years at Brown. They should reach out to concentration advisors and faculty early on, to learn more about what graduate studies will entail and how to prepare.

Graduate Studies in a Professional Field

Anthropology is an appropriate concentration for a variety of professional fields that require further training after the undergraduate degree, such as law or medical school.  Brown anthropology concentrators benefit from an education that emphasizes a holistic understanding of the human condition, one that draws on a diversity of perspectives and approaches.  Since aspects of our discipline are grounded in the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences, students can readily tailor their concentration to fit their particular post-graduate interests.

Professional Career

A concentration in Anthropology can usefully lead to a wide range of careers.  Our discipline's concern with health, international perspectives, diversity, and inequality equips students to work in a wide range of fields, such as local and international development, education, communication and advertising, fine arts, language instruction, and non-profit and non-governmental organizations.