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Nealy Vasavda

 “The skills and lessons my professors have bestowed upon me will help me better understand people and how to approach policy and advocacy.”    
- Nealy Vasavda



Anthropology (from the Greek anthropos, for human, and loggia, for science) is the study of human behavior, from the dawn of time to present day.

Today's anthropologists do not work only in exotic locations; they can be found in corporations, government, educational institutions and non-profit associations at home and abroad. Anthropologists were there at Ground Zero and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, gathering crucial data.

Anthropology attracts people who want to understand why things happen and are eager to tackle big human problems, such as poverty, hunger, overpopulation and warfare. It is a field of study that is more relevant than ever.

Special learning opportunities

As an anthropology major at Union, you will combine fascinating course work along with valuable practical training. You will learn to observe, interview, record and describe complex social behavior as it happens. You may go on a term abroad in Fiji or India. On the Fiji term students do internships in schools to analyze the relationship between educational systems and society. In India, they intern with non-profit organizations.


Anthropology majors often take positions in business and government, lending their talents to such fields as advertising, market research, public relations, banking, merchandising, medicine, journalism and management consulting. They are also ideally suited to such governmental positions as foreign service officers, urban planners and counselors. As a discipline that focuses on cross-cultural understanding, you will find anthropologists working for agencies of the United Nations (such as UNESCO), the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the Peace Corps and the Agency for International Development.

Within approximately five years, Union graduates with degrees in Africana studies, anthropology, economics, history, political science, sociology are pursuing careers in a range of fields, including:

  • Finance and business
  • Healthcare
  • Media
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Communications
  • Education

They're finding success at

  • Merrill Lynch & Company, Inc.
  • SUNY Upstate Medical
  • Hearst Magazines
  • Macy’s
  • Meditech
  • New Media Strategies
  • Teach for America

And they are ready for everything as

  • Vice president
  • Surgeon
  • Public relations executive
  • Buyer/purchasing agent
  • Software programmer
  • Analyst
  • Elementary school teacher