Re: applied anthropology

Cheryl Williams (cwilliam@LUNA.CAS.USF.EDU)
Mon, 20 Feb 1995 11:17:06 -0500

In response to Tim's concern.... there are many others out here with your
same concern. Here at the Univ. of South Florida, in one of our senior
seminar courses we are struggling to redesigned the objective of
graduating with or with out a background in applied methods (BA's that is).
Having an applied course would possibly teach us some important tactics
about going into the real world with a BA in anthropology. Many students
really have NO clue as to what can be done with thier first degree in
anthropology. Indeed, I am eagerly anticipating some wonderful
opportunity myself, but what exactly would it be without further training
from grad school? Comments from those in or out of academia please...........

Cheryl Williams
Undergrad- Dept. of Anthropology
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

On Sun, 19 Feb 1995, Tim Wallace wrote:

> I am curious as to how many undergraduate programs
> require an applied anthropology course. Since about there are about
> 35 more BA's in anthropology given for every MA in anthropology,
> most anthro majors never go on to complete graduate training in
> anthropology. Should they be given a basic course early in their
> undergraduate programs letting them know what options there might
> be in the future for a non-academic job?
> Why is it that when an engineer graduates, s/he is called an
> engineer? However, when an undergraduate anthro student
> graduates, s/he is not an anthropologist? What qualifications define
> an anthropologist? Was E.B.Tylor an anthropologist?
> Tim
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