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    The word anthropology is translated from anthropos (human) and logia (study). Do you enjoy learning about different cultures and indigenous people? Curious about humans and how different cultures evolved? People watchers—and those interested in foreign places, and cultures—may find themselves enjoying an anthropology major. As an anthropologist, you’ll spend time in the field, exploring human and primate cultures, and conducting, organizing, and analyzing research. Typical classes include human origins and evolution, language and culture, primate and biology.

    You may be surprised to learn that most anthropologists work in offices (think research departments in organizations, universities, museums, government and large corporations. Some anthropology majors find work as museum curators, archivists, and historians, or even use their knowledge of people in the fields of advertising and marketing. Forensic anthropologists work in crime labs, analyzing skeletons to determine identity of victims. Some continue their education with a Ph.D. Margaret Mead is one of the most well known anthropologists.

    Authors Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Crightons and Ursula K. Le Guin all earned anthropology degrees.

    • Harvard University

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      Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138
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      North America's oldest college, founded in 1636 and located in Cambridge across the Charles River from Boston, Harvard is a remarkable place that considers itself a remarkable place. Crimson undergraduate life begs a bullet-proof ego to help ensure success, because ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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      77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
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      Something of a fantasy camp for world's top geeks, where elaborate practical jokes known as "hacks" are an art form, MIT sits proudly on the Cambridge side of the Charles River. Tour guides explain how many Smoots it takes to ... learn more

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    • Yale University

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      Woodbridge Hall, New Haven, CT 06520
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      Founded in 1701 by those who felt Harvard had lost its way, Yale took as its Latin motto Lux et Veritas, Light and Truth, to suggest that those in Cambridge could no longer see the Veritas. Thus was the Harvard-Yale ... learn more

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    • Princeton University

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      1 Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544
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      Situated in an affluent New Jersey college town rather than a city, Princeton is bright, beautiful, and sometimes a little smug. It is no accident that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote This Side of Paradise about his years here. Those who ... learn more

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    • Stanford University

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      Stanford, CA 94305
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      Younger than the Ivies and sunnier, too, Stanford has become the nation's most selective institution by providing a world-class education to those dreaming of Silicon Valley riches, as well as those with Olympic medals on their minds. In fact, given ... learn more

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    • Columbia University in the City of New York

      Columbia University in the City of New York Save

      West 116 St and Broadway, New York, NY 10027
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      Founded in 1754 as Kings College, Columbia needed a new name when students like Alexander Hamilton won the American Revolution. Benefitting from the Manhattan Renaissance of the past 20 years, Columbia now has single-digit selectivity. Its long commitment to the ... learn more

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    • University of Chicago

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      1101 E. 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
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      On a collegiate gothic campus built with Rockefeller money in a setting like the East Coast urban Ivies but in the Midwest on the Windy City's South Side, the University of Chicago is sometimes called "the place where fun goes ... learn more

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    • Dartmouth College

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      207 Parkhurst Hall, Hanover, NH 03755
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      The only Ivy with the feel of a college rather than a university, Dartmouth is a haven for undergraduates. Its idyllic setting in a classic New Hampshire town comes complete with Dartmouth’s own skiway. Famous for traditions like the Homecoming ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Vanderbilt University

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      2101 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37240
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      The bookstore apparently does not sell a t-shirt that reads, "Vanderbilt…It Even Sounds Expensive," but it could, because the campus, a registered arboretum, looks like it costs plenty. Great academics, southern charm, SEC football, and the bright lights of Music ... learn more

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    • Brown University

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      One Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912
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      By contrast to Columbia's curriculum that includes courses required of all students, Brown has long offered the most open-ended Ivy program, with self-designed study leading to concentrations rather than traditional majors. The "choose your own adventure" ethos may contribute to ... learn more

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    • University of Pennsylvania

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      34th and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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      Founded by practical polymath Benjamin Franklin in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania comprises the Wharton School of Business, Engineering, Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences. Greek life and chants of "Let's Go, Quakers!" at spirited athletic contests contribute ... learn more

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    • Washington University in St Louis

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      One Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63130
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      Using Archer Daniels Midland money to offer generous scholarships to National Merit Scholars starting in the early years of rankings 30 years ago, "Wash U"-as most call it—has attracted legions of students who have either fallen just short of the ... learn more

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