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Anthropology is the study of humankind in all times and places.  It is perhaps the broadest of the liberal arts disciplines in the scope of its focus on humanity. A major in anthropology offers opportunities to learn about the diverse people of today’s world, as well as about their biological and cultural origins. This area of study deals with ecology, society, biology, culture, language and other aspects of human life.  In addition, anthropologists study history and evolution in both a cultural and biological framework.  


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Our majors have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of social relationships, cultural frameworks and ethnic groups necessary for improving cross-cultural understanding.  This strong background across the anthropological sub disciplines qualifies them for employment in a wide range of markets.  

Career opportunities in Anthropology

  • archives
  • art galleries
  • business and commerce
  • community organizations
  • cultural resource management agencies
  • diplomacy
  • education
  • ethnic and cultural organizations
  • healthcare
  • historic preservation offices
  • historical societies
  • international development agencies
  • law
  • libraries
  • market research firms
  • mission organizations
  • museums
  • parks and historic sites
  • politics
  • refugee / immigrant assistance organizations
  • social service agencies
  • social work
  • zoos

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

Anthropology majors learn about the diverse people of today’s world, as well as about their biological and cultural origins. Majors explore aspects of human life such as ecology, society, biology, culture, and language. Anthropologists also study history and evolution in both a cultural and biological framework.

Graduation Requirements

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the major requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete a minimum of 60 hours in biological, physical, mathematical and/or computer sciences. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees in the Arts and Sciences section of the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

UK Core Requirements

  • The Nature of Inquiry in Arts and Creativity (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Humanities (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • The nature of Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication I (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication II (3 hours)
  • Quantitative Foundations (3 hours)
  • Statistical and Inferential Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA (3 hours)
  • Global Dynamics (3 hours)

Total Credit Hours - 30

Major Requirements 

Core Requirements

  • ANT 220 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology [3 hours]
  • ANT 230 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology [3 hours]
  • ANT 240 - Introduction to Archaeology [3 hours]
  • ANY 582 - Senior Integrative Seminar [3 hours]

Anthropology Electives

  • 21 hours. No more than 3 hours at the 100 level; at least 15 hours at the 300+ level. The student chooses electives according to specific interests within Anthropology and in consultation with advisors [21 hours]

Course Work from outside the Department

  • Choose 6 hours outside Anthropology at the 300+ level. 200+ level courses used to satisfy College Requirements can also be counted here         [6 hours]

Total Hours – 39

Anthropology | Bachelor of Arts

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Anthropologists and Archeologists

Anthropologists and archeologists study the origin, development, and behavior of humans.

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Anthropologists and archeologists typically work in research organizations, government, and consulting firms. Although most work in offices, some analyze samples in laboratories or do fieldwork. Fieldwork may require travel for extended periods.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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A&S Undecided/Exploratory Studies

Understanding that over 70 percent of university students will change their declared major at least once during their college careers, the College of Arts and Sciences has developed an Exploratory Studies program for students who have yet to decide the specific field of study that most closely aligns both their personal interests and their professional career goals and objectives. The Exploratory Studies Program provides students with an extraordinarily diverse educational environment that includes coursework spanning Math and Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences and provides students with the unique opportunity to explore multiple areas of interest during their first several semesters on campus. For more information please contact a recruiting representative at

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