A wide range of careers
The Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology houses several disciplines that share a common theme: Learning how people throughout the world cope and connect in the past, present and future. Graduates pursue many different careers, often involving research and exploration. Some students choose to pursue graduate studies and go on to teach at the high school or collegiate level. Others head to the field to research or work for community organizations, striving to help fellow citizens across the world.
Why study anthropology, geography and sociology?
Our students are innately curious about humanity. They want to know where we came from and how to best relate to their fellow humans. In our classes, we explore the farthest reaches of the earth and beyond – from primitive civilizations to outer space, we engage and expand our students’ knowledge about their world.
Students excavate ancient remains, facilitate active living for older adults and navigate the globe. In addition, our students graduate with an academic foundation that will enable them to pursue an interesting job in their chosen field or continue with further graduate or professional studies.
Students who study anthropology find interesting, meaningful careers in education, museums and archives, government agencies, consulting firms and more. They work in zoos and natural history museums. They preserve and restore works of art, historical documents and priceless artifacts. They earn advanced degrees in their areas of interest. Career paths for anthropology graduates include:
- Community organizer
- Grant writer
- Policy analyst
- University professor
- Urban planner
You can find geography majors in just about any field, from research to recreation to real estate. Students who study geography put their skills and knowledge to use in a variety of settings, including:
- Convention centers and tourism boards
- Federal, state and local agencies
- Museums and historical sites
- Nonprofit organizations
- Real estate developers
- Schools and research groups
- Utility companies
As the country’s aging and elderly population continues to grow, jobs related to their care and well-being are in higher demand than ever. The study of gerontology prepares students for roles as caretakers, researchers, analysts, case managers and advocates. Students who study gerontology typically find work in organizations related to health care and social services, such as:
- Assisted living facilities
- Consumer protection
- Hospice care
- Nonprofit organizations
- Nursing homes
- Social services
A sociology degree can pave the way for a wide variety of meaningful careers in social services, government agencies, law, education, business and research. Here are just a few of the career paths you can pursue with a sociology degree:
- City planning
- Community organizing
- Marketing and public relations
The study of sustainability -- which emphasizes a balance of economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and social well-being -- is a fast-growing field. As a sustainability major, you’ll gain the skills, knowledge and experience you need to find a rewarding, high-paying career in a variety of industries, including:
- Environmental law
- Land acquisition and use
- Natural resources management
- Parks and outdoor recreation
- Waste management
Job availability and growth
Some of the fastest growing jobs within our department’s focus are gerontology and sustainable community development, due to dwindling natural resources and an interest in improving the health and happiness of an aging population. The median annual wage for sociologists was $82,050 in May 2018.