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Department of Anthropology

College of Arts & Sciences

426 Graham Building



Arthur D. Murphy, Professor and Head of Department

Professor Mountjoy

Associate Professor Andreatta

Assistant Professors de la Cova, Paluzzi, Wagner

Lecturers Cohen-Jones, Davis, Gunn, Hartley, Stine

Anthropology is a broad discipline which includes physical anthropology—the study of humans as biological animals; cultural anthropology—the study of humankind in a cultural perspective; archaeology—the recovery and interpretation of ancient human biological and cultural remains; and linguistics—the study of language in culture and society.

The general undergraduate major provides for extensive study in cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and physical anthropology. Majors who develop a particular interest in one of the subdisciplines may pursue a concentration in that area up to a maximum of 60 hours. Majors have opportunities to develop mentoring relationships with members of the faculty on current research projects as well as fieldwork projects. Internships in various agencies are also available.

Anthropology as a major prepares individuals to pursue many avenues of career development. It is the basis for a career as a professional anthropologist. Anthropology combined with other courses of study as double majors enhances career possibilities and professional development. There are, however, increasing opportunities for anthropologists to work in government agencies and business. In such settings, the knowledge which they have may be applied to the solution of human problems.

Through the accelerated master’s program, an anthropology major may earn both a master’s degree in a related field and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology in approximately five years. Majors must begin planning early in this program as well as obtaining careful advising. Opportunities exist for an M.A. in Economics and a Master of Business Administration.



Honors in Anthropology


For Honors requirements, check with the departmental office and see the Honors Programs information.


Anthropology as a Second Major

Students who wish to declare a second major in Anthropology must complete all requirements listed above under the degree selected.


Accelerated Master’s Programs for Anthropology Majors

Interested students should see Accelerated Master’s Programs for Undergraduates for details about the B.A. in Anthropology/M.B.A. or M.A. in Economics program requirements.