• Student Outside Bush Memorial Library

    Career & Postgraduate Opportunities

    Anthropology serves as an excellent basis for any career where one encounters people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Integrative understanding and cultural sensitivity are useful tools for lawyers, teachers, health professionals, planners, public servants, and business people. Many majors go on to graduate or professional training in anthropology or related fields. There are other opportunities as well.

    Anthropologists are now employed by government agencies, research corporations, Indian tribal governments, and health care facilities. Field work is carried out in such organizations as school systems, citywide health systems, agricultural development programs, and multicommunity rural regions. Another significant trend is for anthropologists to work closely with community people, ethnic organizations, neighborhood health clinics, migrant labor organizations, women's groups, and other special interest groups, whose activities require up-to-date quantitative and descriptive data.

    Careers for Anthropology Students

    Recent graduates have found successful careers at:

    • Eshell Brokerage
    • Faegre & Benson (law firm)
    • General Mills
    • Great Lakes Archaeological Research Center
    • Minnesota Food Association
    • The Ozark Folk Center
    • The Peace Corps
    • The Science Museum of Minnesota
    • The Smithsonian Institution
    • Teach for America
    • Hamline University

    Graduate School

    A Hamline education in anthropology has served a number of majors very well. Many of our students have gone on to graduate training at the Masters and Ph.D. levels. Here are some of the schools they have attended:

    • American University
    • Bournemouth University (UK)
    • Louisiana State
    • Medical College of Wisconsin
    • Michigan State University
    • State University of New York-Albany 
    • Texas A&M
    • Tulane University
    • University of Arizona
    • University of Chicago
    • University of Colorado-Boulder
    • University of Denver
    • University of Florida
    • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    • University of Nebraska
    • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    • University of Tennessee 
    • University of Washington
    • University of Wisconsin
    • Vanderbilt
    • Washington State University
    • Western Michigan University


    Anthropology students have many opportunities to work in the field during the semester for credit. Internships are a wonderful way to see where your anthropology degree will get you once you graduate. They are also a good opportunity to fulfill Hamline’s LEAD requirement. 

    Recent internships completed by Anthropology students include:

    • A Working Knowledge 
    • Archaeological Intern
    • BCA Intern (Gang Strike Force) 
    • Corrections Officer 
    • Eden Prairie Environmental Intern 
    • Forensic Anthropology Internship 
    • Hmong Nationality Archives Intern 
    • Intern/Volunteer Medicolegal Death Investigation 
    • Minnesota Historical Society Intern 
    • Museum Preservation 
    • Probation Officer 
    • Product Manager Assistant 
    • Science Museum of Minnesota Intern 
    • Volunteer Research Assistant 

    Meet a Graduate

    Katie Baustian - A Hamline Anthropology AlumKatie ’05 

    While at Hamline, I studied forensic science, anthropology, and criminal justice. In fact, one of the reasons I chose Hamline was because of the Forensic Sciences Certificate (FSC) Program.

    I am currently working for a company called MinuteClinic in downtown Minneapolis. I am the Physician Management Coordinator. I wanted to take some time off from school after graduation and get into the workforce. My current job doesn’t have anything to do with my college majors – but that’s ok! Hamline taught me so many things that are useful in my day-to-day operations at work even though none of these things came directly from classes I took. My ultimate career goal is to become a biological anthropologist while also working in forensic anthropology. For this, I will need to continue my education by going to graduate school.

    During my four years at Hamline, I was able to gain experiences that have already set me apart from the average student interested in forensic science. Specifically, the FSC Program allowed me to learn techniques from practicing professionals and to even participate in real casework. I was able to apply knowledge from classes directly to active forensic cases while assisting my advisor in her professional consultations. I feel lucky and honored to have done this since very few undergraduate students have the opportunity to work on real cases.

    In addition to this, I enhanced my techniques in biological anthropology by being a teaching apprentice for the Human Osteology course and working on a research project. I learned more about forensic anthropology while interning at the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory at the University of Florida after my junior year. My co-curricular activities included leading the Forensic Sciences Society as Co-President, participating in the Anthropological Society, attending the national conferences of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences for 3 years, and supporting the Minnesota Innocence Project. All of these were fabulous experiences that have already helped me excel towards my career goal as a biological and forensic anthropologist.

    I would highly recommend that students get involved in organizations on campus and take as many opportunities to learn as possible. Just remember that learning is something you can do everywhere – jobs, internships, volunteering, organizations, study-abroad trips, and of course classes. Get as much experience as you can and set yourself apart from the rest. Hamline is a great place for all of these things, so take advantage of it!

    Shannon Malone - A Hamline Anthropology Major AlumShannon ’05

    As a Hamline student, I completed an internship at Global Citizens Network (GCN), a non-profit organization that organizes service-learning trips rooted in cross-cultural exchange in the United States and around the world. I also completed two short terms abroad: I spent January of my junior year studying law and literature in Puerto Rico, and in January of my senior year, I studied the ancient and modern Maya in the Yucatan Peninsula.

    I also became involved in a number of student organizations at Hamline. I served as president of HEAT (Hamline Entertainment & Activities Team) and was a member of White Students for Racial Justice, Alma Latina, and Students for Tsunami Relief. I was also vice president of the Anthropological Society, a member of the Student Activities and Leadership Team, and an SOS (Students Orienting Students) leader.

    During my senior year at Hamline, I helped organize and lead a Spring Break Service-Learning trip with the OSLV. I now work in Professional Development at the National Youth Leadership Council, a non-profit in St. Paul that is a leader in the field of service-learning. I am the coordinator for the National Service-Learning Exchange, a technical assistance program for service-learning practitioners. A main focus for service-learning is diversity, especially the inclusion and engagement of kids who are branded "underprivileged." I learned a great deal about culture and opposing ideologies in my Anthropology and Spanish majors at Hamline. In my current position, I have been able to expand that knowledge to work on solutions to these problems in educational settings. I also use my background in Anthropology and Spanish in my continued work with Global Citizens Network. GCN organizes volunteer teams to work with indigenous communities in the U.S. and around the globe at the individual community's invitation and direction. Since the end of my Hamline career, I have spent time in communities in Thailand and Kenya with GCN. These journeys have been the most rewarding and humbling experiences imaginable!

    My advice to to students is to never let fear or others' hesitations keep you from taking an unfamiliar path or from having your own adventures. Be bold. Push your limits. Open up your world. Doing so will inspire others to do the same. Indeed, this is the only way we truly learn.