Anthropology Department Career Options

With a liberal arts education at Gettysburg and a major in anthropology, students are prepared for virtually any career path. Employers embrace the cross-cultural experiences and sensitivity that anthropology majors possess. They also consider students' solid grounding in anthropological research methods to be a plus.

The many career paths that anthropology majors pursue, besides becoming cultural anthropologists or archaeologists, include medical doctor, social worker, teacher, lawyer, museum director, environmental analyst, college administrator, sales representative, financial analyst and urban planner. Majors have found work in the government and in the non-profit sector. In addition, many anthropology majors spend several years volunteering with Teach for America or the Peace Corps. Others attend graduate school to pursue further academic study in such fields as American Studies, Classics, History and, of course, Anthropology.

Here are some examples of what recent graduates are doing:

  • Amy Yarnell, 2004: Ph.D. in Classical Studies, University of Indiana-Bloomington

  • Christina Natallelo, 2006, Teach for America in New York City

  • Tim Nichol, 2006, Graduate work in Irish Studies at Queens University, Ireland

  • Cara Magrogan, 2006: Master's of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania

  • Phil Sebasco, 2008, City Year in Philadelphia, then Vermont Law School

  • Katie Rogers, 2008, Master's in Anthropology, George Mason University

  • Stacy Drackwicz, 2009, law school at New England Law

  • Satin Matthews, 2007, Peace Corps service in Benin

  • Kaitlin Chiarelli, 2013, MA in Anthropology with a concentration in International Development, George Washington University

  • Morgan Rouscher, 2013, MLitt in Celtic and Viking Archeology, University of Glasgow in Scotland.

  • Nathan Storey, 2010, Peace Corps in Azerbaijan