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student-2Do you ever wonder what it means to be human? Anthropologists seek to answer this question by investigating the human condition in all times and all places. Human genetics, the origin of our species, the rise and fall of civilizations, world languages, and the wide diversities of peoples, cultures, and religions are just some of the topics you can explore through anthropology. This discipline is the broadest social science and is unique in its cross-cultural and holistic perspectives. The program offers courses in all four of the anthropological sub-disciplines: biological anthropology, anthropological linguistics, archaeology, and cultural anthropology.


A major in anthropology provides a firm basis for exploring careers in museums, aid agencies, business, government, forensics, and teaching. Both majors and non-majors can take part in local and international field and laboratory experiences that provide the opportunity to contribute to current anthropological research. Completing the archaeological field school gives students hands-on experience in excavating an archaeological site. This course trains participants for immediate employment in public archaeology.


Degree Outcomes

Anthropology (B.A.) Degree Outcomes

  1. Recognize what it means to be human and how biological, archaeological, ethnographic, and linguistic knowledge contributes to that understanding.

  2. Identify the major theoretical and methodical approaches in the study of human biology and evolution, culture, language, and the archaeological past.

  3. Demonstrate skills in communicating anthropological knowledge effectively through writing, oral presentation, and data presentation.

  4. Apply both qualitative and quantitative research methods to anthropological problems, complying with the ethical practices within the discipline.

  5. Explain the holistic anthropological viewpoint on issues of cultural and ethnic diversity in past and present societies and draw comparisons between different cultures, describe cultural processes, and examine social issues from an anthropological perspective.


ANTHROPOLOGY, B.A. (33-51 credits)
Required: ANTH 211, 213, 362, 380, and 21 additional credits in anthropology chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor. In addition to 30 credits in anthropology, the following courses are required: SOC 211, GEOG 100, and 15 additional credits chosen from biology, history, earth science, geography, or sociology. Students may choose either foreign language competency or quantitative methods core.


In addition to ANTH 211, anthropology students will complete nine credits of anthropology courses at the 300-level and an additional six credits of anthropology courses.


Required: 18 credits, chosen from a menu of interdisciplinary course. Courses must be chosen from at least two academic disciplines; at least nine credits must be at the 300- or 400-level.