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College of Liberal Arts

Anthropology

Students who are anthropology majors explore human diversity across time and space. In coursework, they study the evolutionary adaptations of the human species globally, from earliest times to the present. Students learn about the archaeological study of ancient societies, fossils, human biology, primate behavior, the structure and development of language, and the diversity of world cultures. Anthropologists study the components of cultural systems, such as the anthropology of health, gender, religious belief systems, political economy and the arts. They also study the process of social change and are engaged in addressing global challenges.

Anthropology courses provide the foundation for graduate work in archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology and other fields.

Plan of study for Anthropology