Success in Anthropology


Anthropology majors graduate from Whittier College with a wide variety of opportunities before them.

Recent anthropology alumni are completing advanced degrees at institutions that include UCLA, California State University Long Beach, University of Washington, and University of Pennsylvania. Graduates who enter the professional arena have gone on to successful careers in medicine, dentistry, law, education, business, speech therapy, and social work.

Find your own career and internship opportunities at the Center for Career and Professional Development.

Anthropology alumna Jessica HencierJessica Hencier ’10
Associate project manager at Craig Lawson & Co.

How does context and society influence how people act, and how does the world and culture define us? Jessica was able to take those questions she had and explore them in-depth at Whittier. Her student research took her into Los Angeles as she investigated how urban growth shaped transportation in L.A., and in turn how that shapes our lives.

Her studies also took her to Paris, thanks to a JanTerm course about the social life and urban development of Paris and L.A.

After graduating, she earned a Masters of Urban Planning at the University of Southern California and, after working with a non-profit on a downtown L.A. streetcar project, is now assisting a consulting firm on real estate and zoning projects.

“Whittier gave me the foundation to grow in both my professional and personal life.”

Anthropology alumna Celina de SaCelina de Sa ’11
Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College

At Whittier, Celina started to understand the intersections of social issues that define the world. Her professors broadened her understanding of life—including the connections between biology, race, and the division of labor—and led Celina to her career as a researcher who continues that intellectual pursuit.

While working on her Ph.D., Celina’s research focuses on artistic communities in the black Atlantic diaspora, including how young people are re-imagining their social worlds through art and global collaboration.

She also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, where Celina passes along the inspiration she received at Whittier. Her Ph.D. complete, she's now a doctoral fellow at Dartmouth College.

“When I got to Whittier, I was really embraced by the small classrooms and professors who really wanted to help you flourish through whatever interests you had and were very dedicated to filling you out as a whole person.”