Explore Anthropology and Geography
Anthropologists and geographers collaborate to study the intersections between cultural and physical worlds. We work in archaeology, Geographic Information Systems, geography, cultural anthropology, museums, and environmental science. Our research takes us into the field, in the South Carolina Lowcountry and worldwide, where we examine lives, lifeways, and environments of the past and present.
Students at Coastal Carolina University recently participated in an archaeological dig, as part of a Maymester course. The work took place near the coast on land owned by the Coastal Educational Foundation. Classes have excavated at the site before, but this time the students went deeper and farther back in time than they ever had in the past.
An undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Geography can lead to many different career options. Graduates are immediately hirable in industries such as heritage tourism, Cultural Resource Management, GIS, environmental science, and museums. Locally, heritage tourism is growing rapidly, and visitors have opportunities to learn about cultures, history, archaeology, and landscapes, at places such as Brookgreen Gardens, historic Charleston, and the Gullah-Geeche Heritage Corridor. Practical skills such as GIS, landscape reconstruction, archaeological excavation, anthropological methods, and materials analysis, can provide a significant competitive advantage in finding lucrative employment after graduation.
Recent graduates are working as archaeologists for Cultural Resource Management consulting firms, as museum specialists, and in education. Several of our alumni have gone on to graduate school, conducting research in Kenya, North Carolina, and Florida, and receiving master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and the University of West Florida.
Many of the career industries in Anthropology and Geography anticipate high growth within South Carolina and nationally. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of anthropologists and archaeologists is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.” U.S. News and World Report has ranked Anthropology and Geography careers as 4 of the top 10 science jobs for 2016 (#4 Anthropologist, #6 Archaeologist, #7 Geographer, #8 Environmental Science and Protection Technician). Graduates able to combine complementary skills from both fields will be even more desirable, and earn more, by bringing a cultural perspective to geographic problems and physical geography skills to anthropology.