The ultimate goal of our department is to allow our students to develop themselves as active and engaged citizens who can bring their training to a wide variety of personally and socially fulfilling careers - Philip E. Coyle, assistant professor
Our graduates have entered a diversity of career fields including: graduate school, education, real estate, land and cultural resources management, social services, landscape architecture, and counseling.
Click on the names below to share some of our alumni career success stories:
Franklin (N.C.) Police Department
"Anthropology helped me to understand various cultures, people, and human relations, which is what I deal with every day."
Tribal Historic Preservation Asst.,
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Greatest educational accomplishment? "When I graduated from Western with an Anthropology degree."
Joseph T. Hefner
C. A. Pound Human Identification Lab
"Anthropology at Western provided me with such a broad background, that I needed only to make my [career] choice."
U.S. Forest Service Archaeologist
"Western provided me with a great education as well as the opportunities to explore both the natural world and the cultural heritage of the area."
For more information on career opportunities, visit WCU’s Career Services website for information on careers in anthropology and sociology.