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Old 08-14-2013, 11:51 PM
 
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I have a bachelors in history and a massive interest in archeology(especially underwater archeology). The college I want to apply to has a Masters of Arts program in anthropology. What exactly is this field?

I have been doing some online research and the results are vague. Some state that with anthropology you can practically get into any field- even law and business, others say archeology is a branch of anthropology.
It is a study of the human condition I presume, of history and culture. But I am still confused.
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Old 08-15-2013, 12:00 AM
 
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I have a bachelors in history and a massive interest in archeology(especially underwater archeology). The college I want to apply to has a Masters of Arts program in anthropology. What exactly is this field?
Though this is a Wikipedia article, and it's generally not acceptable to cite Wikipedia for research, this may help: Anthropology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I have been doing some online research and the results are vague. Some state that with anthropology you can practically get into any field- even law and business, others say archeology is a branch of anthropology.
It is a study of the human condition I presume, of history and culture. But I am still confused.
I would be very cautious about pursuing a degree in Anthropology. Though indeed there are exceptions, there is not a huge demand for Anthropologists. You may end up pursuing an expensive degree program with very little return on investment in pay in the job market.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:23 PM
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I have a bachelors in history and a massive interest in archeology(especially underwater archeology). The college I want to apply to has a Masters of Arts program in anthropology. What exactly is this field?

I have been doing some online research and the results are vague. Some state that with anthropology you can practically get into any field- even law and business, others say archeology is a branch of anthropology.
It is a study of the human condition I presume, of history and culture. But I am still confused.
I think, at its base, its the study of people. Archaeology usually doe fall under Anthropology. It did at my daughter's university. She earned a degree in Linguistics, which was also under Anthropology.

This was at the back of the graduation program:

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Old 08-18-2013, 07:16 AM
 
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Anthropology is one of those degrees like ethnomusicology and musicology the best job prospect is teaching the subject.
It is basically a field where you study "man" so there are probably many specialties in the field. People who I know with these degrees teach.

The early stages of their academic training were readings in the field and Methods. The required readings list would be quite prolific possibly over one hundred books. I think that list would be partially subjective based on what the department chair thought were definitive treaties on the subject. I think the early years of study would not be that exciting with all the reading and research methods but after you knew whether you were going to study cultural or social anthropology and what groups you were going to focus on it would be more self directed study.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:42 PM
 
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I got my BA degree in Anthropology...

It's a great "broad base" for understanding the "how and why" behind human behavior, takes a fair amount of real work to get (not really an "easy" degree like sociology), and the knowledge gained applies to virtually any job you can think of but all by itself it's pretty much worthless. You really need a Phd to actually work in the field and jobs are few and far between.

Like the title says, most people don't even know what Anthropology is. When I tell people what my degree is, I usually get: "oh... what's that?" or "so... you dig up dinosars?"
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:48 AM
 
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You'd better minor in Grant-Writing.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:00 AM
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I just read a book review on a work written by an "urban anthropologist" about the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site, particularly the politics involved.
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