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2020 Best Colleges for Anthropology in Tennessee

Anthropology is a popular major and Tennessee is the 19th most popular state for students studying this major. 181 of the 12,008 Anthropology degrees awarded last year were given by schools in Tennessee. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Anthropology in Tennessee ranking analyzed 5 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in anthropology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 0 colleges for Anthropology students in Tennessee.

Choosing a Great Anthropology School

Best Colleges for Anthropology in Tennessee Your choice of anthropology school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Anthropology graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A anthropology bachelors degree from a college in Tennessee helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $25,567 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Anthropology students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other anthropology students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized anthropology related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Anthropology students in Tennessee.

Best Schools to Study Anthropology in Tennessee

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study anthropology.

Best Anthropology Colleges in Tennessee


Rhodes College

Memphis, TN
7.1% Growth in Graduates
$30,500 Median Starting Salary

It's hard to beat Rhodes College if you want to pursue anthropology as a major. Rhodes College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Memphis.

Rhodes College anthropology majors earn $4,933 more than the typical anthropology student.


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Doctorate Highest Degree Type
$27,700 Median Starting Salary

Every student pursuing a degree in anthropology needs to check out The University of Tennessee - Knoxville. Located in the midsize city Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public school with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, UT Knoxville also offers 3 different higher degree levels in anthropology, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Anthropology students from The University of Tennessee - Knoxville receive an earnings boost of about $2,133 above the typical income of anthropology majors.


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University of Memphis

Memphis, TN
Master Highest Degree Type
14.3% Growth in Graduates
$18,500 Median Starting Salary

Every student who is interested in anthropology needs to look into University of Memphis. Located in the large city Memphis, U of Memphis is a public college with a fairly large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, U of Memphis offers a Master's Degree in anthropology. Students who graduate from this degree report average early career wages of $18,500.


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39.1% Growth in Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in anthropology has to take a look at Middle Tennessee State University. Located in the midsize city Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee State University is a public school with a very large student population.More…

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Best Anthropology Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Anthropology Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 300 254
Florida 291 631
Virginia 289 247
North Carolina 286 412
Kentucky 257 129
Louisiana 254 108
South Carolina 254 66
Alabama 250 114
Arkansas 249 82
Mississippi 239 51

Anthropology is one of 13 different types of Social Sciences programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Economics 47,528
Political Science & Government 44,651
Sociology 37,615
General Social Sciences 19,123
International Relations & National Security 14,908

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Deror avi.

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