Anthropology | Troy University


About the Anthropology Degree

The anthropology major is a part of the Troy University Social Science Department. The program offers a wide variety of courses in cultural anthropology and archaeology. Through the Troy Archaeological Research Center (TUARC), students have the opportunity to participate in field and laboratory research and are often offered opportunities for part-time employment while attending school.

The anthropology major offers students a broad background in the field of anthropology, which includes physical, linguistics, cultural and archaeology anthropology. Our instructors bring field experience from the Near East, Australia and the southeastern United States to the program. The program will prepare students to pursue careers in anthropology or to continue their education in anthropology at the graduate level.

Program Features

 Our archaeology labs include facilities for the analysis of artifacts, ecological remains and a facility for the analysis of faunal remains from North American and Near Eastern archaeological sites.

Our program features hands-on experience in both the field and laboratory. The student is exposed to field work throughout the southeastern and southwestern United States, as well as opportunities for work in the Near East. No other program in Alabama offers such a depth of field experience. Part-time job opportunities in the archaeological field and lab work are sometimes available for students in the archaeology curriculum.

Job Opportunities

 Troy University’s course and field work fully prepares the student for entrance into a graduate program in anthropology.  A number of TROY graduates are currently working toward their master’s as well as doctorate degrees. Students earning degrees in anthropology at TROY can look forward to a range of employment opportunities. Private archaeology companies, museums, federal, state and local governmental agencies, historical archives and public and private historical sites are among the choices. Persons with advanced degrees may go on to teach at the university level.

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences at 800-414-5756.

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Accelerated Law Option Available

In 2015, TROY partnered with Thomas Goode Jones and Cumberland schools of law to become the first college in the state of Alabama to offer its students a way to complete their bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees within six years. Today, as part of this major studying within the University’s accelerated law program, you will begin an academic journey leading you to your junior year where, upon the careful consideration of your GPA and LSAT scores, you will have the opportunity to apply to law school at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham and now at the Mississippi College of Law. Programs are highly selective, and once chosen by one of the schools, you will begin your legal studies there. After your first year of law school, your GPA at Jones or Cumberland will be evaluated, and if there are no objections, you will receive your bachelor’s degree from TROY as if you’d been attending our classes throughout your senior year. At this point, only two years of law school remain before you sit for the Alabama State Bar exam. Now, that’s a deal, and it can only be found at TROY.

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Program Locations

  • Troy Campus
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