What do anthropology students do after Whitman?

  • The Peace Corps
  • The Fulbright Program
  • The Critical Language Scholarship Program
  • Whitman in China
  • Teach for America
  • Work for nonprofit and in public health organizations
  • Work in the corporate world as market researchers
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Medical School

What some of our Alumni say:

Tia Herdman (2014)

"After graduating from Whitman in 2014, I worked as a Baker on the salty, rainy, wild island of Sitka AK. When the summer finished, I migrated back to eastern Washington, this time to settle in Leavenworth. In Leavenworth, I served an AmeriCorps term with Tierra Village, a local non-profit that serves adults with developmental differences in a beautiful natural setting. After my term at Tierra Village, I was hired as the supervisor of the Adult Family Home. In fall 2017 I will be starting the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at University of Washington and I am looking forward to working with patients and inspiring movement in others. I value my background in Anthropology as it helps me ask questions, keep an open mind, remain compassionate and understand the perspectives of others."

Ian Kretzler (2012)

"While at Whitman, I focused my studies on archaeology and the relationship between archaeological research and descendant communities. I graduated in 2012. That fall, I joined the archaeology doctoral program at the University of Washington. I currently work with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Tribal Historic Preservation Office on two projects. The first, the Grand Ronde Land Tenure Project, uses archival research and cartographic analysis to track changes in land ownership and settlement patterning on the Grand Ronde Reservation during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The second, Field Methods in Indigenous Archaeology, is a community-based field school co-directed by the tribe and my adviser Dr. Sara Gonzalez. Over the past two summers, we have worked with undergraduate students and the Grand Ronde community to document historic properties on the reservation and to train a new generation of heritage managers familiar with indigenous archaeology and tribal historic preservation."

Caitlin McConnico (2007)

Caitlin works as part of the Strategic Learning and Evaluation team at FSG (fsg.org) to help clients better utilize data for decision-making and evaluate complex initiatives to support social impact. Prior to joining FSG, Caitlin worked in global health on research and evaluation activities with PATH, Intellectual Ventures, the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), and MEASURE Evaluation, often leading and coordinating qualitative research activities in the field based on skills developed as an Anthropology major at Whitman. She has a Masters in Public Health (MPH) and a certificate in international development, policy, and management from the University of Washington.