Academic Programs

Possible career options:

  • International development program staff
  • National and international non-governmental organization associate
  • Community organizer
  • Consultant/Corporate anthropologist
  • Urban planning and development specialist
  • Diversity trainer
  • Interpreter/Medical interpreter
  • Non-profit group organizer

Positions our graduates have held:

  • AmeriCorps coordinator
  • Refugee services job coordinator
  • Diversity trainer for state government
  • Anthropology professor
  • Attorney/Immigration lawyer
  • Public health researcher
  • Fayette Alliance staff member (sustainable growth organization)

Where our graduates study:

  • New York University
  • University of California
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Vanderbilt University


Program Overview

The anthropology program at Transylvania provides students with a broad base for understanding and interpreting human action in a variety of pre-historical, historical, and contemporary contexts. The major has great appeal to students who are interested in how other people live, have a curiosity about where humans came from, and would like to learn more about the past than is found in history books.

As the comparative, cross-cultural study of human experience and behavior, anthropology is typically divided into four subfields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, and linguistics. Transylvania's program emphasizes cultural anthropology and archaeology and features course subjects that range from human origins and evolution to religion, gender studies, development, and Latin American archaeology, among others.

The Transylvania Edge

Anthropology students at Transylvania have opportunities for many out-of-class learning experiences, including the chance to do research with professors in the program. Barbara LoMonaco has taken students to Italy and South America, while Chris Begley involves students in his ongoing research in Honduras. Closer to home, students can apply their classroom knowledge to hands-on experiences at archaeological digs in Kentucky.

Study Abroad

We highly recommend learning another language and acquiring international experience through one of Transylvania's many study abroad programs.


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