Anthropology is the scientific study of humankind, from its beginnings to the present. Of the many sciences that study aspects of humans and their behavior, only anthropology attempts to understand and integrate the entire panorama of human biology and culture in all times and places.

Anthropological knowledge has taken an increasing role in the solution of practical problems in public health, cultural resource management, economic development in the Third World, business relations with immigrant and overseas populations, State and Federal programs, and many other areas. Anthropology majors may become professionals in the field by continuing their training in one of the many excellent graduate programs around the country.


A major in Anthropology consists of 30 credits in Anthropology, passed with a grade of C- or higher with an overall GPA of 2.0.

APY 201APY 202APY 203APY 204 (or approved alternatives), and a minimum of four anthropology courses at the 300 level or higher are required.

The remainder of the program will be developed with the student's departmental advisor.


A minor in Anthropology consists of 15 or more credits, passed with a grade of C- or higher with an overall GPA of 2.0 including any two 200-level anthropology courses.

Any two (2) of the following courses in other departments may be applied to the major in Anthropology; any one to the minor:

  • ARH 239241242243249250330332
  • MCY 554
  • COS 545
  • MAF 515526
  • MAF 501 or MAF 505.