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Anthropology Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree

The anthropology program at UW provides both general anthropological education and the opportunity to specialize in the four main specializations: archeological, biological, cultural and linguistic anthropology.

UW offers a BA with a major in anthropology and a minor in general anthropology. Field schools and numerous research opportunities allow students the chance to learn in a hands-on environment. Labs for all four subfields can be found on campus.

Program Overview

Anthropology, the study of humanity, has provided us with invaluable insight into our species. Through it, we’re able to understand how our biology, cultures, behaviors and societies have evolved. Anthropology grounds our present existence with fascinating evidence that brings meaning to our time on Earth.The UW anthropology faculty create an enriching, experiential learning environment that connects students to this humanity. Their global experience brings a stunning breadth of insight to our rigorous academic program.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Resident Tuition: $160/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $665/credit hour

Anthropology Department

Recently, professor Todd Surovell received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study how Clovis people lived at the La Prele Mammoth site near Douglas in Converse County, which will help answer questions about human adaptation to environments during the ice age.

Anthropology Program Highlights

An anthropology degree from UW is an exciting pursuit at a university that couldn’t be located in a better place. The state of Wyoming offers numerous opportunities to observe the history of humanity. Historical, ancient sites are located throughout the state making the academic environment perfect for this hands-on major. 

Aside from its location, UW has been graced with passionate faculty that curates an exceptional academic environment for our students. Here are some of the highlights that make us stand apart.

Award-Winning Faculty. The UW anthropology faculty has global experience in the field. They’ve assisted on digs, led research initiatives and won awards for distinguished anthropological work in their field. For example, George C. Frison, one of the anthropology department founders, remains the only member of the University of Wyoming faculty to have been inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.

University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository (UWAR). Our department houses the University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository (UWAR) which stores most of the archaeological materials from across the state. The Anthropology Museum celebrates human evolution and covers global colonization. Museum internships are available for interested students.

Unique Courses for Any Student. Given the diversity of thought, subject matter and approaches inherent to anthropology, our course offerings provide students with a broad education related to all things human. If you’re interested in human evolution, you can take our hominin evolution and Old World archaeology courses. Interested in criminal matters? Take forensic anthropology and learn about the analysis of human remains from crime scenes. The options are numerous and the insight is endless.

Exciting Field Work. Anthropology is a very hands-on discipline. You’ll work frequently with artifacts and examine data from long ago throughout your career. UW offers these unique opportunities to students through the various archaeological field schools throughout the state. Students can participate in actual archaeological surveys and excavation projects. Plus, labs for all four subfields can be found in the building.

Anthropology Major Careers

Because anthropology is a discipline with great breadth, our graduates are present in broad sectors of the economy. Many of our UW alumni work in cultural resource management, higher education, government, nonprofits and many other professions.

Here are some common careers anthropology majors move into:

Anthropology Careers

  • Forensic anthropology
  • Natural resource management
  • Crime scene investigation 
  • Educator
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Ethnic studies
  • Linguistics
  • Human resources
  • Medical anthropology
  • Pathology
  • Historic preservation
  • Archeology

Here are just a few of the places where University of Wyoming anthropology alumni are working:

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center
  • Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation office
  • PaleoResearch Institute
  • Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest
  • Bureau of Land Management

Graduate schools UW anthropology alumni have attended:

  • Harvard University
  • Cornell University
  • The George Washington University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Arizona
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of New Mexico
  • Colorado State University

Examples of Anthropology Degree Program Courses

Given the diversity of thought, subject matter, and approaches inherent to the discipline, our course offerings provide students with a broad education related to all things human.

These are just some of the courses you might take as an anthropology major at the University of Wyoming:

  • Old World Archaeology
  • Museology
  • Archeological Field School
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Food, Culture, and Nutrition
  • Visual Anthropology

View the full bachelor of arts in anthropology degree program curriculum.

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