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Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Mississippi

Why Study Anthropology?

“Anthropology is the science which tells us that people are the same the whole world over – except when they are different.”
—Nancy Banks-Smith

What does it mean to major in anthropology?

Why do people do what they do? As anthropologists, we study the concept of culture and how people see the world. We study modern societies to better understand ourselves; cultural and linguistic anthropologists study everything from alternative medicine to language choices in music. Archaeologists and paleoanthropologists research our ancient past and human origins, using artifacts and other material and fossil remains of prehuman species. Anthropology majors are curious about other cultures, like solving puzzles, and are looking for knowledge about other cultures as well as deep insights into their own. Our students learn skills in observation, analysis, research, critical thinking, writing, and working with people from all cultures.

Why is the University of Mississippi a good place to study anthropology?

UM anthropologists study each of the four disciplines; our archaeologists work across the globe as well as in Mississippi. Cultural and linguistic anthropologists look at modern aspects of culture. Bioanthropologists look at health and how culture is reflected in human bodies. UM anthropology classes are taught by faculty members who are well-recognized in their areas of specialization and work closely with students. On-campus facilities include archaeology and ethnography labs where students learn ethnographic research skills, archaeological chemistry and bioarchaeology techniques, and artifact analysis. The department offers field research opportunities at home (Mississippi and Tennessee) and abroad (Bolivia and Belize), where students gain hands-on experience in anthropology research.

What can UM anthropology majors do after graduation?

Ecotourism, field archaeology, impact assessment, information research, museum technology, immigration inspection, historical preservation, bilingual education, international business, national park interpretation, documentary filmmaking, genetics counseling, education, management, energy resources, medicine, architecture, foreign service, travel industry, construction, contracting, law, library sciences, nursing, real estate.

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Who should I contact to learn more about majoring in anthropology?

Kirsten Dellinger

Jeffrey T. Jackson
Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D, University of Texas
Lamar Hall 509  |  662-915-5230
jacksonj@olemiss.edu