Using Your ANTH Degree

This page will help you understand the ways your Anthropology degree has helped you to become career-ready. Read more about the skills you have developed studying Anthropology , and develop the confidence to talk to others about what you know you can do because of your studies.

How your CHSS degree prepares you for a career of your choice

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at George Mason University is the home of the University’s liberal education curriculum. This curriculum focuses on students’ intellectual and personal development, providing them with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) and subject matter expertise through in-depth study in a specific area of interest.

Employers agree that those who succeed academically within their field, but also possess a broad knowledge base in other areas, are more desirable employees. The education CHSS provides for all students, helps them develop necessary transferable skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

A CHSS education is essential for Mason students’ success in a global economy, preparing them to navigate complexity, diversity, and change. Students develop a sense of social responsibility and for informed citizenship.  

Adapted from “What Is a Liberal Education?” Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Anthropology majors know...

  • the importance of a cross-cultural or comparative perspective and interaction skills that account for differences in human customs and beliefs
  • how to evaluate evidence critically, with particular attention to examining taken-for-granted assumptions using the lens of culture

Anthropology majors can...

  • gather and analyze artifacts and remains to increase knowledge of ancient cultures.
  • reach new conclusions through comparative study, critical evaluation, observation, interviews, and review of documents.
  • obtain information and collect data through application of non-intrusive research methods and ethnographic study (e.g. interviews and field observations)
  • evaluate, appraise, classify, catalogue, and preserve artifacts (e.g. objects, costumes and documents)
  • generate documentation and observations via research photographs, maps, and models
  • construct and test data collection methods.
  • analyze and critique the social and cultural implications of wide range of phenomena including social media, data, digital infrastructures, digital augmentation, 3D printing, and online politics
  • demonstrate facility with digital technology using statistical applications