Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human cultural and biological diversity and change. It tries to answer such questions as:

  • How do different cultures interact with and influence one another in a global society?
  • How do cultures in the past and present change?
  • What social and cultural circumstances predictably generate similar cultural responses to phenomenon?
  • What is common among all humans, where and how did humans evolve, and how are humans continuing to evolve?

Anthropologists apply the field's methods and accumulated knowledge on cultures (past and present) to help people address important social issues. In the past, many anthropologists studied only non-Western cultures. Today, anthropologists work in all social and global contexts, both rural and urban. 

About the Program

Anthropology is the global study of humans, past and present, emphasizing cultural diversity and change. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology are prepared to understand and function in a diverse world and gain practice in applying knowledge and methods for researching, past and present human communities.

The Anthropology Major grounds students in Cultural Anthropology while enabling emphasis in one or more traditional subfields:

  • Cultural Anthropology – the study of cultural diversity, global forces of change connecting communities, the meanings behind cultural practices, and applying knowledge and methods to explain and solve human problems.
  • Physical/Biological Anthropology – the study of the diverse ways in which humans have evolved and continue to adapt to their environments through the mutual interaction of biology and culture.
  • Linguistic Anthropology – the study of human language use, diversity, and change emphasizing how people understand relationships to the world and each other through shared meanings.
  • Archaeology – the study of past human cultures through the patterns and changes in material objects they leave behind (homes, tools and other technologies, animal and plant remains, etc.).

For additional information about program and graduation requirements and course descriptions, please see the Catalog. You can also plan your program of study using the Anthropology degree planner.

Additional Opportunities

Students may also engage in the following opportunities to enhance undergraduate experience:

  • Hands-on research in Cultural Anthropology, Physical/Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Archaeology.
  • Scholarly conference presentations through guided preparation
  • Study and research abroad
  • Archaeology Field School to prepare students for employment
  • Internships 

Recent Anthropology Majors have found entry-level positions in the following areas: Museums & Libraries; Non-Profits and/or NGOs; Media & Film; Public Relations; Social and/or Health service; Cultural Resource Management; Animal Care/Training; Parks, Recreation, & Conservation; Laboratory research; Human Resources; Advertising & Marketing; Hospitality industry; Public Policy; Forensic Investigations; and Biometrics

Undergraduate Advisor

Have questions? Need help? Contact the Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor! 

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Dr. Brad Ensor

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Email: [email protected]


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