The mission of the Anthropology Department is to

  1. offer and maintain instructional programs that provide a comprehensive overview and analyses of people and their cultures, both past and present;
  2. conduct research in order to advance and expand knowledge of the fields of anthropology and geography;
  3. participate actively in programs of interdisciplinary research.                                                                                                                                                                                            

The Department of Anthropology houses a faculty of cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, biological anthropologists, and geographers whose scholarship spans the breadth of the human experience. The program prepares undergraduate students to describe, analyze, and interpret the human condition. An examination of the social, environmental, and evolutionary contexts in which the human species is embedded defines most course work in the discipline. The program is integrative, drawing from geography, biology, the humanities, and other social and natural sciences. Geography figures prominently in our program and provides an important spatial lens through which human groups are examined over time. Four programmatic areas define faculty research and scholarship with which students can engage: humans and the environment, international development and globalization, health and well-being, and professional methods and techniques. In the education of undergraduates, the department values and promotes experiential training, primary research, and public engagement and education.

The research endeavors of the anthropology faculty are trans-disciplinary and international, they are interested in diverse topics including but not limited to contemporary culture, ethnicity, linguistics, comparative religion, virtual worlds, subsistence patterns, archaeology, human ecology, human anatomy, evolution, biogeography, land cover/land use patterns, glaciology, and the behavior of non-human primates.

Anthropology majors follow a liberal arts curriculum that provides a broad education with an emphasis on learning how to learn. The department has ten research and teaching laboratories and three summer field schools; the Ethnographic Field School at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the Archaeology Field School, and the Paleontology Field School.

Undergraduate students can pursue a general anthropology degree, learning about the diversity of the human existence from a broad and holistic perspective. Students can also declare a concentration within the program. Declaring a concentration allows for a focused course of study, specializing in the particular subfield of interest. Within each concentration (Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and Geography), specific categories of classes guide students in learning the major theories, methods, and applications related to modern practice of our discipline. Along with our offerings of world class field schools, archaeological, biological, and ethnographic methods and geographical techniques are encouraged in order to further gain experience and perspective. Upon graduation, students are prepared for jobs or advanced training in graduate school. Students come away with a respect and appreciation for the diversity of human existence.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge related to a basic appreciation of anthropology and its potential including:
    1. respect for the similarities and differences that characterize human cultures over time and across space;
    2. the theoretical perspectives that anthropologists use to comprehend these similarities and differences;
    3. the methods and tools used to describe and analyze them; and
    4. how the relationship between theory, methods, and data intersects.
  • Integrate anthropological concepts across subfields or with other social sciences and humanities disciplines, and articulate their anthropological understandings through papers written and presented during their senior year.
  • Use what they have learned in their anthropology courses in future activities after graduation.

Potential Occupations

Anthropology, like many majors in the liberal arts, provides students with a broad academic background suitable for a variety of jobs in the public and private sectors. Anthropology majors are trained to think independently and critically, communicate effectively, and function in a multicultural world. Employers appreciate liberal arts majors for their multiple skills and their ability to adapt to a variety of tasks and work environments. Participating in internships and cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance students’ practical training and development. Careers for graduates are available in international development, health care, education, business, natural resource management, and government. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can pursue careers in anthropology or attain advanced positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels.

Some career opportunities for Anthropology graduates include, but are not limited to: museum curator/researcher, genealogist, international relief representative, salvage archaeologist, collections assistant, resource specialist, classical or historical anthropologist, cultural affairs officer, diplomatic service representative, immigration or foreign service officer, linguist, educational television researcher, forensic osteologist, biographical writer, scientific/technical writer, reporter, ethnographic photographer, anthropological linguist, rural development worker, ethnic groups’ special concerns advocate, intercultural educator, medical anthropologist, grant writer, psychological anthropologist, international development administrator, public relations representative, public opinion pollster, sales/marketing representative, consultant for cross-cultural relations, personnel worker, geographic information systems specialist.


Effective Spring 2015

Select one from the following: 3
Introductory Cultural Anthropology (GT-SS3)3C 
Cultures and the Global System (GT-SS3)3E 
ANTH 120Human Origins and Variation (GT-SC2)3A3
ANTH 121Human Origins and Variation Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
ANTH 140Introduction to Prehistory (GT-HI1)3D3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
Additional Humanities3 3
Electives 11
 Total Credits 30
GR 100Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)3C3
Additional Natural Sciences4 7
Additional Social Sciences5 6
Arts and Humanities3B6
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Select one from the following: 3
Anthropology Elective6 3
 Total Credits 31
ANTH 400History of Theory-Anthropology and Geography4B3
Select one of the following archaeology courses not taken in another category: 3-8
Archaeology of North America  
Archaeology of Europe and Africa  
Colorado Prehistory  
Archaeological Investigation  
Hunter-Gatherer Ecology  
Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory  
Archaeology of Mesoamerica  
Impacts on Ancient Environments  
Great Plains Archaeology  
Archaeology and the Public  
Lithic Technology  
Field Class in Archaeology  
Anthropological Report Preparation  
Heritage Resource Management  
Seminar: Archaeology  
Select one of the following biological anthropology courses not taken in another category: 3-4
Human Ecology  
Human Osteology  
Human Evolution  
Human Biological Variation  
Evolution of Primate Behavior  
Evolution of Human Adaptation  
Paleontology Field School  
Human Biology  
The Neandertals  
Methods of Analysis in Paleoanthropology  
Seminar: Biological Anthropology  
Select one of the following cultural anthropology courses not taken in another category: 3-8
Peoples and Cultures of Africa  
Modern Indian Culture and Society  
Modernization and Development  
Southeast Asian Cultures and Societies  
Latin American Peasantries  
The Anthropology of Religion  
Cultural Change  
Narrative Traditions and Social Experience  
Language and Culture  
Art and Culture  
Gender and Anthropology  
Medical Anthropology  
Applied Medical Anthropology  
Indians of North America  
Indigenous Peoples Today  
Development in Indian Country  
Indigenous Ecologies and the Modern World  
Comparative Legal Systems  
Cultural Psychiatry4A 
Theory in Cultural Anthropology  
Method in Cultural Anthropology  
Ethnographic Field School  
Ethnographic Field Methods  
Cultures of Virtual Worlds–Research Methods  
Psychological Anthropology4A 
New Orleans and the Caribbean  
Community Development from the Ground Up  
Anthropology Electives6 6
Advanced Writing23
Electives 0-9
 Total Credits 30-32
Students must take ANTH 493 concurrently with one of the courses listed in the selection below it:  
ANTH 4937Capstone Seminar4C1
Select one AUCC 4A course from the following not taken in another category:7 3-4
Cultural Anthropology:
Southeast Asian Cultures and Societies4A 
Cultural Change4A 
Narrative Traditions and Social Experience4A 
Language and Culture4A 
Gender and Anthropology4A 
Medical Anthropology4A 
Indians of North America4A 
Indigenous Peoples Today4A 
Development in Indian Country4A 
Indigenous Ecologies and the Modern World4A 
Cultural Psychiatry4A 
Cultures of Virtual Worlds–Research Methods4A 
New Orleans and the Caribbean4A 
International Development Theory and Practice4A 
Hunter-Gatherer Ecology4A 
Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory4A 
Archaeology of Mesoamerica4A 
Impacts on Ancient Environments4A 
Great Plains Archaeology4A 
Archaeology and the Public4A 
Anthropological Report Preparation4A 
Biological Anthropology:
Human Ecology4A 
Human Evolution4A 
Human Biological Variation4A 
Evolution of Human Adaptation4A 
Human Biology4A 
Additional Humanities3 3
Additional Social Sciences5 3
Anthropology Elective6 3
Electives8 14-16
 Total Credits 27-29
 Program Total Credits: 120
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Introductory Cultural Anthropology (GT-SS3)X 3C 
Cultures and the Global System (GT-SS3)X 3E 
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
Mathematics X1B3
Additional Humanities (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab) X 3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 120Human Origins and Variation (GT-SC2)X 3A3
ANTH 121Human Origins and Variation Laboratory (GT-SC1)X 3A1
ANTH 140Introduction to Prehistory (GT-HI1)X 3D3
Electives   8
AUCC 1B (MATH), CO 150, Additional Humanities Course must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GR 100Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)  3C3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Additional Natural Science with Lab (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   4
Additional Social Sciences (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Select one course from the following:   3
X 3E 
X 3C 
ANTH*** or GR*** Elective   3
Additional Natural Sciences (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Additional Social Science (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Advanced Writing  23
ANTH*** or GR*** Elective   3
Upper-Division Archaeology course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-8
Upper-Division Biological Anthropology course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-4
Elective   0-3
 Total Credits   15-18
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 400History of Theory-Anthropology and Geography  4B3
ANTH*** or GR*** Elective   3
Upper-Division Cultural Anthropology course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-8
Electives   0-6
 Total Credits   14-15
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 493Capstone Seminar X4C1
AUCC 4A: Select one course not taken elsewhere from the AUCC 4A List on the Concentration Requirements Tab X4A3-4
Additional Social Science (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Electives   7-8
 Total Credits   14-15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH*** or GR*** ElectiveX  3
Additional Humanities (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3
ElectivesX  7-8
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   13-14
 Program Total Credits:   120