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What can I do with an Anthropology degree?

Anthropology student Eloise Jansen interviews Dr. Brittany Brown who is a terrestrial and underwater archaeologist.

Dr. Brown is an assistant professor at Bard College. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and has a PhD in Anthropology from The College of William and Mary. She is an American historical archaeologist and her regional areas of specialization include the African American Southeast and the British Caribbean. Her current research interests include post-emancipation era mortuary practices among African Americans in Jacksonville, Florida and maritime archaeology.

Anthropology student Eloise Jansen interviews UM Anthropology alumni Daniel Agudelo, an interpretive ranger at Grand Teton National Park.

During and after his undergraduate studies, Daniel has worked at several National Parks including the Everglades National Park and Chaco Canyon. From educator to conservator, Daniel has worn multiple hats to connect people to the environment. Daniel believes his degree in anthropology compliments the mission of the National Park Service, to conserve and share with visitors the natural and cultural resources of the United States.

For more information on Daniel’s development of Spanish interpretive experiences at the Everglades National Park, check out this blog from the Student Conservation Association. For more information on opportunities with the National Park Service, check out their webpage “Work With US."

Andrea Blaser and Jim Moss, Collection Managers at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology (UMMAA), discuss what a degree in Anthropology could look like! Sara Borsodi, an undergraduate student in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, guides this conversation.

UMMAA houses over 3 million artifacts from 162 different countries around the world. As collection managers, Andrea and Jim oversee the care and research of these collections and facilitate access to them for students, faculty, researchers, and community members. Both found their way into the museum world along different paths, but Andrea and Jim agree that anthropology provides a valuable way for us to learn and contextualize how we got here.

To learn more about UMMAA and the collection managers, check out this webpage. Many undergraduate universities provide minors, majors, and/or certificate programs in museum studies that can compliment a degree in Anthropology. Check out this list of summer museum internships or volunteer activities undertaken by previous University of Michigan undergraduates.

Daniel Agudelo: Park Ranger and Anthro Alum