Cultural Anthropology

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Vermont State University’s Cultural Anthropology Concentration in Sociology provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the rich diversity of human cultures and valuable insights into the complexities of human behavior, social structures, and the ways people all over the world create meaning in their lives. Through cross-cultural analyses, you’ll study a wide variety of topics and perspectives including religion, music, food, environmental studies, area studies, symbolic systems, cultural materialism, and globalism.

A degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Cultural Anthropology can open the door to diverse careers in education, research, social services, non-profit organizations, government agencies, journalism, and international development.

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Why Study Cultural Anthropology at Vermont State

  • Independent Study: This concentration offers independent study courses, so you can hone in on the topics that fascinate you the most.  
  • Original Research: You’ll design and conduct your own research project on a topic of your choosing, under the mentorship of our caring and knowledgeable faculty. 
  • World Travel: There is no better way to understand world cultures than to experience them for yourself. Class trips between the Anthropology and Sociology, Global Studies, and Psychology departments take students around the globe — including Paris, Russia, Amsterdam, and Martinique. 
  • Social Justice Solutions: You’ll study cultures from all around the world and learn how other cultures adapt and evolve in the face of global challenges. You’ll discover approaches and solutions both new and old that address disease, climate change, economic growth, political representation, and more. By graduation, you’ll be well-equipped to engage in meaningful conversations about these issues and contribute to efforts to create a more just and equitable society. 
  • Diverse Career Options: People who study cultural anthropology can pursue a very wide array of roles. Some examples of jobs for cultural anthropologists include archaeologist, paleontologist, ethnologist, primatologist, director of social services, interpreter, curator, professor, lawyer, journalist, historian, diversity and inclusion manager, and more. 
  • Humanitarian Work: Students have opportunities to work at home or abroad in ongoing efforts to alleviate the suffering of people experiencing poverty, injustice, and poor health. Current projects involve the Northern Cheyenne reservation, the Waata tribe in East Africa, and the Vermont Haiti Project. 

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