College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Anthropology Major

The discipline of anthropology studies humankind in the cultures of the world, both past and present. This study includes humankind's physical development and the wide diversity of lifestyles people have created.

The main goal of Anthropology is to understand objectively the reasons for both similarities and differences among humans, their behaviors and ideas. Using the central concept of culture, a system of shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviors, and material objects that members of a society use to cope with their world, anthropologists investigate and gather data on the human condition.

Areas of focus in Anthropology include Archaeology, Cultural AnthropologyLinguistics, and BioCultural Anthropology. Utilizing ethnographic, ethnological and ethnohistorical tools, as well as information supplied by these four sub-disciplines, the anthropologist comparatively studies cultures and the processes of human development.

Our department offers four different degrees in Anthropology:

The Anthropology BA seeks to understand and describe each culture in its own perspective and in comparative perspective. Cultural anthropologists gather data through first-hand field study in other cultures and do cross-cultural comparative studies which provide insight and understanding of the modes and patterns of human life. Areas of focus in Anthropology include Cultural Anthropology, Linguistics, BioCultural Anthropology, and Archaeology. A degree concentration in Archaeology is available.

The Biological Anthropology BS and Biological Anthropology BA are the biosocial analysis of all aspects of the human experience within the context of local ecology and sometimes, prehistory. Most majors pursue degrees in applied health or research in some aspect of human biology such as anatomy, forensics, genetics or physiology.

The Anthropology BAE is a combined major offered in conjunction with the Woodring College of Education. Anthropology is an approved endorsement for elementary/secondary education. Anthropology is a particularly desirable major concentration for teachers, because it provides a broad and basic understanding of human behavior. Prospective teachers will often work with students of various cultural backgrounds and an awareness of specific cultural learning influences, perception, attitudes, motivations, and behavior is an integral part of working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Students are eligible to declare an anthropology major once they have successfully completed, with a C- or better, the following core courses: Anth 201 and 301, PLUS one of the following: 210, 215 or 247.


Anthropology-BA (65 credits)

Core Components

201 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (5cr) 
210 - Introduction to Archaeology (5cr)
215 - Introductory Biological Anthropology (5cr)
247 - Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (5cr) - (LING 201 (5cr) or 204 (4cr) may be substituted)
301 - Anthropological Theory (5cr)
303 - Qualitative Methods in Anthropology (5cr)
335 - Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (5cr) or another basic statistics course under advisement  
490 - Senior Seminar in Anthropology (5cr) or other culminating project under advisement
496 - Portfolio Assembly (1cr)

Methods Component: At least one course from the following:
347 - The Ethnography of Communication (5cr)
410 - Archaeological Analysis and Interpretation (5cr) 
420 - Human Osteology and Forensic Anthropology (5cr)
428 - Cultural Resource Management (4cr)
447 - Anthropological Semiotics  (5cr)
454 - Participatory Action Research Methods (5cr)
469 - Directed Internship (5-10)
470 - Museology Studies (3-5cr)
471 - Field Work Methods in Cultural Anthropology (7cr)
472 - Visual Anthropology (5cr)
473 - Field Course in Ethnography (5-12cr)
479 - People of Sea and Cedar Internship (1-6)
480 - Applied Anthropology (5cr)
(where appropriate, an anthropological internship, practicum or archaeological methods course may be substituted under advisement)

Topical Component: At least one course from the following:
330 - Religion and Culture (5cr)
338 - Economic Anthropology (5cr)
350 - The Ecology of Human Variation (5cr)
351 - Family and Kinship Organization (5cr)
353 - Sex and Gender in Culture (5cr)
424 - Medical Anthropology (5cr)
440 - Cyborg Anthropology (5cr)
453 - Women of the Global South (5cr)
475 - Global Migration (5cr)
481 - Childhood and Culture (5cr)
484 - Intercultural Education (5cr)

Culture Region Component: At least one course from the following:
361 - American Indian Perspectives (5cr)
362 - Anthropological Perspectives on Asia (5cr)
365 - Latin American Perspectives (5cr)
462 - Native Peoples of the Northwest (5cr)
463 - Critical Issues in East and Southeast Asia (5cr)
465 - Critical Issues in Mexico and Central America (5cr)
476 - Borderlands (5cr)

Electives in anthropology under departmental advisement.  Student selection of a complementary minor under advisement is strongly recommended.

Only one 100-level course will count toward major, minor or archaeology concentration

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