So, the truth is–I have nothing right now that I’ve been working on to post. I’ve been writing a guest blog post elsewhere, but my days are spent studying for the GRE, working with a collaborator on our project, and looking for a job so I can have some extra money before I go to Florida/have a cushion for student loan payments when I get back.
Fortunately, a reader e-mailed me about something and I thought it might be helpful for others. I’ve already addressed hir (I’ve removed the name and made it gender neutral for security reasons), but I wanted to post it in case others were curious and/or others had experiences they might want to share to help hir out:
I recently stumbled across your blog, thank you Google, and I had a few, brief questions regarding your schooling and field work in Anthropology/Primatology.I’m going to start my Junior year in high school soon and much to my counselor’s gentle urging, I need to start thinking about majors and whatnot for when I go on college visits.I have yet to find a school with an undergrad program in Primatology, so I figured Anthropology might be the best route.If you could provide any insight to the college selection process and what seemed to work well for you, I’d be very appreciative.Thank you so much and keep up with the blog, I’m an avid reader!Sincerely,
The truth is–Anthropology isn’t always the best or even a possible route. The first school I attended–while it sort-of-kind-of had an Anthropology department (which, essentially amounts to one cultural-based professor in the Sociology department), there was no Biological Anthropology component. Your better bet is to take a lot of Biology (specifically, Zoology if the school offers it) courses; this is important because a great deal of Primatology is also Ecology and Conservation (and often, its sister studies: Genetics, Plant Biology, Psychology, etc.) This was my biggest regret in college was that I never took a formal Biology course (I took electives to meet my requirements–which were incredibly helpful, but not the same as having an actual lab or strong course) and were I not financially crunched, I would have spent an extra year getting my Biology background.
- Does this school offer good programs for undergraduate research? (You are going to want to have research experience by the time you graduate)
- What are nearby resources? (i.e. Zoos, Research Centers, etc.)
- What classes are available? (Again, you’ll want a basic background in Biology, you’ll want at least one Statistics course, and probably some in Anthropology, Psychology, and others if available)
Essentially, it’s up to you. There are some schools that have specific programs, however, it’s really up to you and what you make of your undergraduate experience.