Anthropology Major


Study anthropology to understand the sweep and complexity of culture across time and place.

Anthropology, or "the science of humanity," equips you with research, communication, leadership, and collaborative skills. Many graduates go on to succeed in careers in medicine, law, education, policy, preservation, and more.

Why study anthropology at College of Charleston? 

The anthropology program at the College of Charleston provides you with a global and comparative understanding of human biological and cultural diversity. Take advantage of an independent study or research opportunity by working one-on-one with faculty. Conduct your research in the Center for Social Science in the Archaeology and Biological Anthropology Laboratory. Explore career opportunities by participating in a field school or an internship locally or abroad.

What will I learn? 

In a nutshell, you'll explore what made and makes us human. You'll study the four subdisciplines of anthropology.

  • Biological anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropological linguistics
  • Cultural anthropology

You'll understand how anthropology connects other social sciences, the natural sciences and humanities.

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Program Highlights


Focus your study on your passions, whether it’s a comparative study of medicine, education, or religion, a deep examination of human remains and artifacts, or an inquiry into how language and culture intersect. Complete an internship, study abroad, or demonstrate your understanding through an advanced research project.
  • Hands-on Learning

    Internship Opportunities

    When you do an internship, it's more than on-the-job training. It's an opportunity to apply and use your anthropological knowledge. It's a chance to try a job you're interested in and expand your network. Former students have interned at places like:

    • Audubon South Carolina.
    • Charles Towne Landing Historical Site.
    • H.L. Hunley Project.
    • Medical University of South Carolina's Department of Pathology.
    • Trident Literary Association.
    • Water Mission. 

    Study Abraod 

    Explore other cultures. Learn a new language. Gain new insights about the world.

    Past experiences include faculty-led study abroad trips to Ireland and Greece.

  • Senior Project

    Demonstrate your understanding through:

    • a senior seminar.
    • an advanced research methods course.
    • completing a bachelor’s essay.
    • participating in a field research project.

    At the end of your project, you'll be able to draw connections between the theoretical and the applied. You'll look at different anthropological methods and data sources.

  • Location

    The city of Charleston is a natural archaeological site and a living space to examine issues such as climate change and gentrification.

    And, you don’t have to go far to put your skills to use. Recently, students and faculty dug under the Heyward-Washington house (1772) to explore the possibility of previous residences on the site.

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    In addition, anthropology students use Stono Preserve for field research. Stono Preserve is the College's living laboratory. It's used by students in disciplines ranging from marine biology to historic preservation.

About the Minor


Add a minor in anthropology to improve your skills in writing and research. Learn to apply anthropological knowledge to solve human problems. Combine your knowledge of how humans work to professions such as marketing, public health, and forensics. 

View Curriculum: Anthropology Minor

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