Re: applied anthro

Brian Michael Howell (bmhowell@ARTSCI.WUSTL.EDU)
Tue, 7 Nov 1995 14:09:15 -0600

On Tue, 7 Nov 1995, Elaine Hills (UND) wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I feel really silly asking this but need to do so...a little background
> to begin...
> I am a second year honors student at the University of South Florida. I
> have not declared a major because I haven't a clue what to declare. I am
> almost out of required courses to take and so far the courses that I've
> taken that aren't required that I've enjoyed the most are: Intro to
> Anthro and Physical Anthro. So why don't I major in Anthro?? I don't
> know what one would do with an Anthro degree. I do intend to meet with
> some professors here, but wanted your input as possible anthropologists
> in the field. Any and all input will be appreciated.
> Thank you,
> Elaine Hills
Elaine, you do the same thing with an undergraduate anthropology degree
that you do with a history, english, political science, or religious
studies degree. That is, you either go on to graduate school or you get
a normal job. Education is valuable for education's sake. Most of what
you do in college should not be considered vocational (unless you are
pursuing a profession, e.g. engineering, as an undergrad.) Do what you
enjoy. Work hard. Then worry about the rest of your life when that's
over. (I know, you may have parents to mollify, but that's probably going
to be an issue no matter what.)

Hasta Luego,
Brian Howell
(1st year anthro grad student who majored in
history/philosophy/government as an undergrad)