Anthropologists have an acute understanding of human nature, and they are equipped with a broad set of cultural skills that allow them to navigate swiftly changing societies. In a global economy, such understanding is essential for business or non-profit organizations reaching across borders.
The Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University is a highly interconnected, diverse, theoretically engaged, and practice-oriented research and teaching program grounded in participatory fieldwork and a comparative perspective that aims to advance knowledge regarding the interplay of biological, cultural, and environmental forces that shape human experience. Preparing students to make a difference in the lives of people locally and globally while facing the challenges of a complex world is the ultimate goal.
The strength and vitality of anthropology lies in the ability to approach fundamental issues concerning cultural and biological diversity from multiple perspectives. Anthropology faculty specialize in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, medical anthropology, physical anthropology, and linguistic anthropology, bringing multiple vantage points brought to bear on these themes. Graduates have found jobs in government, in health care delivery, with museums, with non-governmental organizations, academia, and with industry as social analysts, cultural resource managers, translators, journalists, teachers, and community and resource use planners, both in the United States and abroad.