Gov. Scott of Florida has singled out anthropology as an example of a wasteful college degree that neither trains students with useful job skills nor benefits the state of Florida.
You can read excerpts of his comments (made on a Florida radio show this past Mon.), and a critique by Mother Jones’ national security reporter, Adam Weinstein, here: http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/10/rick-scott-liberal-arts-majors-drop-dead-anthropology
A group of anthropology students at the U. of South Florida has waged a vigorous protest against this accusation. They have created a terrific slideshow online showcasing multiple anthropological research projects they are conducting that directly benefit the citizens of Florida. You can see their wonderful slideshow here:
And our own Prof. Virginia Dominguez, as president of the American Anthropological Association, has co-authored an open letter to Gov. Scott inviting him to meet with her to learn of anthropology’s robust contributions to science, the economy, and Florida’s “well-being”; you can read Prof. Dominguez’s letter here: