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Studying Cultural Astronomy for a Career - a Guide

11 Dec 2014, 06:23 UTC
Studying Cultural Astronomy for a Career - a Guide
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By Dr Duane W. HamacherLecturer & ARC Discovery Research Fellow in Indigenous AstronomyUniversity of New South Wales, Sydney, AustraliaI'm an academic whose entire time job is centred around research and teaching in cultural astronomy. I was born and raised in the US and completed a degree in physics at the University of Missouri. I moved to Sydney and completed a Masters degree in observational astronomy at the University of New South Wales before completing a PhD in Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University with a thesis on Australian Aboriginal astronomy. So I have a solid knowledge of both the American and Australian higher-education system.I am frequently asked about how one can go about learning the subject and possibly pursuing a career in the field. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, knowing what to study and how to build a career in this area is not as straightforward as one might think.This blog post will serve as a guide to studying cultural astronomy at the university level, from Bachelor to PhD. I will also list some of the career options for graduates in this field. This is based on my knowledge and experience. What is Cultural Astronomy?Cultural astronomy studies the ways in which ...

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