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If you’re interested in why humans act the way they do, SNHU's online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology may be for you. In this program, you'll have the chance to analyze relationships and think about the human experience. This experiential online anthropology degree bridges the sciences and humanities. Here, you'll explore similarities and differences in society through cultural, biological, archaeological and linguistic lenses. You'll examine how society has changed throughout the years and into the present day.
In addition to the general anthropology track, we offer a concentration in environmental sustainability. Our online anthropology degree will give you a broad range of skills that could be useful as you embark on your future career. From tourism and market research to social impact and criminal justice, a degree in anthropology could open the door to many potential career options, and help you respond to cultural and environmental challenges. In this program, you can expect to explore complex human nature, investigate identity and promote cultural awareness and change.
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SNHU's Bachelor's in Anthropology with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability aims to help you recognize and respond to cultural and environmental challenges by exploring the way the past impacts the present. In this concentration, you'll acquire ethical, practical and technical skills – and learn to view the world through a social, historical and evolutionary lens. Students who pursue this degree generally do so with the goal of better understanding and thereby protecting the environment.
Many of the courses in our environmental sustainability concentration use virtual experiences. From role-playing to tourism plans, you'll combine theory and problem-solving skills in an authentic way, helping you make your mark as an engaged citizen of a diverse world. You'll emerge a steward of the natural world, ready to enter the booming green economy as more and more firms recognize the importance of environmental impact.
SNHU's environmental sustainability program features a multidisciplinary approach and provides skill sets valued by a range of employers - from urban to rural organizations, private firms to nongovernment organizations (NGOs).
After earning your online anthropology degree with a concentration in environmental sustainability, you should be able to examine the relationship between human activities and environmental processes. You'll then be able to inform and develop individual and community strategies that mitigate environmental issues and promote sustainable living.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual wage for environmental scientists and specialists was $71,130 in May 2018, and the employment rate for this field is projected to grow 8% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.1 Adding this concentration to your degree in anthropology could help you pursue a career with an organization working to lessen environmental impact through the use of research, maintaining best practices, installing technologies and training employees. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, sustainability managers are responsible for developing and implementing an organization's sustainability plans and presenting these plans to senior staff. They may also use their education and expertise to ensure that an organization is in compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations.1
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If you're interested in turning your passion for the planet into a profession, you may also want to checkout our online environmental science degree.
Anthropologists can be found in a wide range of career paths all around the world, from corporations and government jobs to disaster areas and nonprofit associations.
"Whether my passion brought me to the beautiful coastline of the Yucatan, inland lakes of Nicaragua or colonial libraries of Oaxaca, my degree in anthropology emphasized the importance of recognizing the ways human culture changes and adapts over time. This resulted in me feeling like I could shed a little light on a sliver of the human experience," said Collin Gillenwater, who holds a master’s in historical archaeology and has taken his career in many directions over the years.
According to the American Anthropological Association, there are four main career paths for anthropology graduates today:2
So, whether you pursue an academic career on a campus or online, choose to work on a corporate team, take a job working with the state or federal government or work for a nonprofit organization, you'll graduate with skill sets valued by a range of employers – from urban and rural nonprofits to private firms to NGOs.
At Southern New Hampshire University, our online anthropology degree emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach that gives you the skills you need to apply for a wide range of positions in every area from global health advocacy to environmental and natural resources.
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 10% growth for anthropologists and archaeologists through 2028.1 Note that an advanced degree (a master's or doctorate) is generally required to become an anthropologist. Those with bachelor's degrees may be able to secure positions as assistants or fieldworkers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also projects that job prospects for environmental scientists and specialists may grow 8% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.1 And while hazards facing the environment and increased environmental demands due to population increase will only continue to grow, so will the demand for environmental scientists and specialists with anthropology backgrounds in the future.
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
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As an Southern New Hampshire University student, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 peers, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate your industry. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
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Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
The online anthropology degree has a strong foundation in archaeology, ethics and conservation. Core courses and concentrations stress the application of anthropological theory and methods to real-world problems through hands-on assignments, ethnographic case studies, data collection and the acquisition of skills in a specialty area.
Beyond learning how anthropology helps us understand society, you'll also have the chance to gain widely applicable skills in research methods, statistical analysis, critical thinking and effective communication, which could help you greatly as you consider your future career path.
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Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
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No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Both anthropologists and archaeologists study the origin, development and behavior of humans, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.1 They both study different cultures, customs, languages, social patterns and physical characteristics of indigenous people across the globe.
They also use similar excavation and measurement tools, laboratory and recording equipment, statistical and database software and geographic information systems (GIS).
But the similarities typically end there. Archaeologists tend to focus on examining, recovering and preserving physical evidence of human activity from past cultures, or on managing and protecting archaeological sites. They also often specialize in a particular geographic area or period.
Anthropology, on the other hand, can take one of three directions: biological anthropology, cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology. Biological anthropologists examine biological changes in humans and non-human primate relatives. Cultural anthropologists look at the effects of overpopulation, natural disasters, war and poverty on society. Linguistic anthropologists explore the past, present and future of languages.
Those looking to deepen their understanding of human behavior may also be interested in an online sociology degree.
Absolutely! In fact, you actually have options within the field of anthropology. Southern New Hampshire University, for instance, offers an online BA in Anthropology as well as online concentrations in both environmental sustainability and geospatial technologies.
Whitney Wheeler ’19 chose SNHU to pursue her online bachelor’s degree in anthropology because “it’s an actual school…it felt like a legitimate facility that happened to have courses available online as well.” She also found a ton of support from SNHU faculty and staff.
Core courses in both SNHU’s general anthropology track and in the concentrations stress the application of anthropological theory and methods to real-world problems. They feature hands-on assignments, ethnographic case studies, data collection and projects that build skills in a specialty area.
Many of SNHU’s courses even use virtual experiences, while the robust curriculum includes real-world applications that yield pragmatic lessons and portfolio-worthy projects. You'll be able to enter the field knowing you've taken part in an interactive experience that's prepared you for whatever anthropological career path you choose.
Dr. Kelley Sams, an anthropology and public health instructor at SNHU, even has some helpful advice for up and coming students looking to pursue their online degree. "Succeeding in online learning has a lot to do with good time management. I encourage students to really think about how to use the 24 hours they each get every day. At the beginning of each term, each week and each day, make a plan. Decide what you want to accomplish in terms of work, relaxation, family time, etc. Think about your priorities and set clear boundaries for yourself," she says.
“An anthropology degree seems to translate well to the types of jobs that require curiosity or analytical thinking in areas that explore what it means to be human," said Collin Gillenwater, who then earned a master’s in historical archaeology.
Among Gillenwater’s most pivotal career moves was the time he spent surveying ancient settlements and researching colonial history in Mexico. Shortly after returning from his Central American dig, he parlayed the experience into an adjunct professor position teaching cultural anthropology and social science research methodology at Southern New Hampshire University.
Two years later, he transitioned into his current role as the university’s director of business development for special programs and advanced study.
"Indirectly, I found that anthropology helped me develop skills in project management, inquiry and community development, skills that I use every day of my new career," he said.
Jumping into careers with no direct connection to anthropology is also becoming more common, he said. This includes fields that apply a similar skill set such as human resources, social work, research and development, and sales and marketing.
Read more about what you can do with an anthropology degree.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a bachelor’s degree in anthropology combined with internship experience can lead to positions as a field/lab technician or research assistant. Overseas work or jobs requiring leadership skills and complex technical knowledge usually call for an advanced degree.1
For Whitney Wheeler ’19, who made up her mind to become a marine archaeologist while working at Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium, a bachelor’s degree in anthropology was the first step on her career path.
York also tried on two other majors before switching to anthropology. The deciding factor was the Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Human Origins and Evolution courses she took midway through her sophomore year. Today, she teaches those same courses as an adjunct instructor at SNHU, bringing her real life experience to the field of anthropology.
The BLS projects 10% growth in employment of anthropologists and archeologists through 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.1
Much of the demand will come from corporations, which use anthropological research to analyze consumer demand within cultural or social groups. Anthropologists in corporate settings delve into specific markets to help businesses serve clients better or target new customers or demographic groups.
Environmental sustainability focuses on helping people live more efficiently and effectively in their environment. Graduates of SNHU's online bachelor’s in anthropology with a concentration in environmental sustainability learn to become stewards of the natural world, ready to enter the booming green economy as many firms recognize the importance of environmental impact.
The program features a multidisciplinary approach and provides skill sets valued by a range of employers – from urban to rural organizations, private firms to nongovernment organizations (NGOs).
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth
2 American Anthropological Association, Careers in Anthropology, on the internet, at:
3 According to a survey of over 12,000 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2018.