Anthropology About

Anthropologists take a broad approach to studying human beings and many different aspects of human experience by considering the past and the present. Anthropology is a science that deals with the study of the origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics and social customs as well as beliefs of human beings. There are many subfields of anthropology, some of them being archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.

Career Roles & Responsibilities

Depending on the school's structure and needs, faculty may teach a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses. Some introductory courses may have dozens or even hundreds of undergraduate students enrolled, while upper-division classes and graduate courses may only have ten or fewer students. Faculty may have teaching assistants who assist the professor in grading course assignments. Some schools require 4-course teaching loads per semester, which might limit the scholar's time for research.

It's helpful for professors to be organized, self-motivated multitaskers in order to successfully manage the teaching and research requirements of their appointments. Those with a passion for one of the four fields of anthropology and an interest in sharing it with others fare best in an academic setting.

Career Education Path Summary

How to Become an Anthropologist




After Graduation

After Post Graduation


Class XII with Science Stream

Pursue B.Sc. Anthropology for 3 years

Pursue M.Sc Anthropology for 2 years in India or Abroad

Post Graduate Diploma in Anthropology for 1 year


Class XII with Humanities Stream

Pursue B.A(H) Anthropology for 3 years

Pursue M.A Anthropology for 2 years in India or Abroad

Post Graduate Diploma in Anthropology for 1 year Pursue Ph.D. in Anthropology


Class XII with any Stream

Pursue Bachelor’s Degree in History/Anthropology and/or related fields such as Sociology/ Psychology, etc. 

Pursue Master’s Degree in Anthropology in India or Abroad


Important Facts

  • Most colleges have eligibility criteria of a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in Class XII.
  • Most Colleges/Institutes provide admission on the basis of Class 12th Percentage. Some institutes also conduct interviews.

 Leading Institutes

Top Anthropology Institutes in India




Hansraj College


Hindu College


University of Allahabad


Punjab University, Chandigarh


School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad


Faculty of Life Sciences


Karnatak University, Dharwad


University of Calcutta


Vidyasagar University, West Bengal


Top Anthropology Institutes in the World




Harvard University

United States

University of Oxford

United Kingdom 

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom 

London School of Economics & Political Science

United Kingdom 

University of California, Berkeley

United States 

University of Chicago

United States 

The Australian National University


Stanford University

United States 

University of Michigan

United States 

University of Toronto


Career Opportunities in Anthropology

Similar Careers
  • Plan and direct research to characterize and compare the economic, demographic, health care, social, political, linguistic, and religious institutions of distinct cultural groups, communities, and organizations
  • Formulate general rules that describe and predict the development and behavior of cultures and social institutions
  • Explain origins and physical, social, or cultural development of human beings including their physical attributes, traditions, beliefs, and settlement patterns
  • Develop intervention procedures, using techniques such as individual and focus on group interviews, consultations, and participant observation of social interaction
  • Collaborate with economic development planners to decide on the implementation of proposed development policies
  • Build geographic information systems (GIS) to record, analyze, and cartographically represent the distribution of languages, cultural and natural resources
Career Pros Details
  • Opportunity to contribute to Culture and History
  • Opportunity to work with organizations such as UNICEF, UNESCO, etc.
  • Interesting subject to study
Career Cons Details
  • Tedious work and long working hours
  • Requires a lot of patience and need to stay away from home for long periods
  • Limited Institutions in India offer jobs
Franz Boas
Franz Boas
Franz Boas is regarded as both the “father of modern anthropology” and the “father of American anthropology.” He was the first to apply the scientific method to anthropology, emphasizing a research- first method of generating theories.
  • Written communication
  • Analytical and critical skills
  • The ability to gather, assess and interpret data
  • Oral communication and presentation skills
  • Time management
  • Discussion and group work skills
  • Statistical and computing techniques
  • Clear, logical and independent thinking
  • Organising and planning
  • Problem-solving
  • The ability to construct an argument.
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