The mission of UMF’s program in Culture, Meaning, and Society is to foster in students the kind of global and comprehensive knowledge that is necessary for living, as committed citizens, in our complex, interdependent, and increasingly trans-cultural world. The core of our program is anthropology, a discipline that examines the social, cultural, and biological diversity of humans across the globe and through time. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore Culture, Meaning and Society at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in one or more of the following courses:
    • ANT 101S Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • ANT 103S Human Origins and Cultural Development
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, Anthropology Club or Multicultural Club).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Joe Austin at The Partnership for Civic Advancement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington:

Can I minor in Culture, Meaning and Society? Are there related majors at UMF?

UMF has an Anthropology minor and many other choices. Click here for more information. Majors related to Culture, Meaning and Society include International and Global Studies, History, Political Science, Environmental Policy and Planning, and Creative Writing.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

This is a new major at UMF. The knowledge and experience gained through this major will prepare students for further academic study in anthropology or related disciplines and for pursuing careers in fields such as:

  • Social Services and Public Health
  • Government/Public Policy
  • Archaeology/Cultural Resource Management
  • Museum Studies
  • Social Justice Advocacy
  • Non-Profit Organizing
  • Community/International Development

What other career paths can I pursue?

Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How do I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with one of the contact people for this major: Dr. Nicole Kellett, Roberts Learning Center,, 207-778-7433, or Dr. Gaelyn Aguilar, Roberts Learning Center, 207-778-7573,, .

To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office). Students must have an accumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher to apply.

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