Undergraduate: Major, Minor

College of Arts & Sciences

Anthropology is the study of humankind, and encompasses all aspects of humans within societies; including culture, linguistics, biology and history. Touching on the study of both social sciences and the humanities, Archaeology seeks a holistic understanding of human societies globally, in both a Western and non-Western context. You'll learn what made humans and societies the way they are today, how language developed, and how culture developed as a result of a society's experience. A degree in anthropology can couple as an effective dual major, or as a minor that opens many career tracks. A degree in Anthropology can prepare you for careers in nonprofit and for-profit work, military, government, human services and more.

Program Description

The Anthropology curriculum calls upon the four areas of the discipline: biological anthropology, socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology and linguistics. Through approaching the topic from a variety of perspectives you will be challenged to discover a multifaceted understanding of Anthropology. You can take courses that range from learning the methods and practices of archaeology, to exploring the development and meaning of the myths and folklore that societies create. The anthropology minor is designed to couple well with a variety of majors, especially students taking majors in art, medicine and education. You even have the ability to actively research and get published early in your career as a student, or take up an internship or independent study at archaeological sites, museums, and community organizations.


Advisement in the Anthropology department emphasizes applied anthropology and preparing graduates to work in the businesses and industries that make up the global economy. You can expect individual attention from our actively researching and publishing professors, preparing you for your future after graduation. Additionally, all of the anthropology faculty have a Ph.D. and specialize in one or two of the four subfields of anthropology. Dr. H.J. Birx is the editor of the widely acclaimed Encyclopedia of Anthropology, the Encyclopedia of Time and 21 st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook, all published by SAGE.


of full-time faculty hold a PhD or other terminal degree

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