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Anthropology is the study of human beings, especially humans and their ancestors throughout time in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture. This field originated in the colonial encounters between Western people and colonized non-Western people, as Europeans tried to understand the origins of observable cultural diversity.  Today, anthropology is a global discipline, and anthropologists study all types of societies.

At the University of South Carolina, the Department of Anthropology provides students with four areas of specialization:  cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology.  Widely acknowledged as one of the top five programs in the nation in the historical archaeology of the African Diaspora, the Department of Anthropology also provides a fine training ground for students interested in Southeastern archaeology.

Some anthropology graduates continue on to obtain an M.A. or Ph.D. in the field, and then enter academia.  But students not interested in attending graduate school are well-suited for a career in many fields, including education, health care, museum curation, social work, international development, government, organizational psychology, nonprofit management, marketing, publishing, and forensics.

Undergraduate: B.A.

Students can choose a program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, or they can select a Research Track/Intensive Major leading to a B.A. with Distinction in Anthropology.  Students have frequent opportunities to participate in research or field work both abroad and locally.

Graduate: M.A. and Ph.D.

The Anthropology Department offers programs leading to an M.A. and Ph.D. degree.  Graduate students are encouraged to take part in community-academic research collaboration; several faculty members and graduate students are engaged in long-term community research partnerships.  Students have opportunities to participate in research and fieldwork both abroad and locally.

Certificate Programs

Certificate of Graduate Study in Historical Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management (CRM)

This certificate provides training and recognition for students wishing to supplement their degree work in other historical studies. The program is geared primarily toward M.A. students in the public history program, and Ph.D. students in the Department of History, however interested members of the community who are not involved in degree programs, such as CRM employees, or people currently working with museums, may also consider this program.

Certificate of Graduate Study in Museum Management

At the center of the certificate of graduate study in Museum Management is the University's McKissick Museum. Established in 1976, the Museum serves as a repository to many valuable campus collections. The certificate program, founded in 1982, utilizes McKissick's holdings and facilities in teaching best practices. Our students receive specialized museum training to complement their firm grounding in their academic subject areas. McKissick adheres to the professional standards established by the American Alliance of Museums, while also providing a source of knowledgeable, trained personnel for the many rapidly growing regional institutions.


Department Chair:
Ken Kelly

Undergraduate Director:
David Simmons

Graduate Director:
Jennifer Reynolds

Program Directors:
Certificate in Museum Management:
Lana Burgess

Certificate for Graduate Study of Historical Archeology and Cultural Resource Management
Jennifer Reynolds

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