Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts

Modern society has evolved through thousands of years of growth, cultural exchange and advancements. As an Anthropology major you’ll explore humanity in all its amazing variation over a vast time scale--from the conditions of our earliest ancestors right up to contemporary cultural issues. 

A KU anthropology degree will give you a holistic understanding of the human condition and what past elements have led to our present world. You’ll become an asset in nearly any industry by developing skills to work with underserved populations and tools to think critically about the world around you. 

The interdisciplinary curriculum combining science with humanities blends four subfields—physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and cultural anthropology, providing a unique perspective. You’ll explore how today’s most pressing issues can be understood through the influences of language, biology, gender identities, religion, family life, politics, and economics.

KU Anthropology students get hands-on experience at the university’s archaeology field school at Stoddartsville in Northeast Pennsylvania. Best known as the site of an early-19th century milling village, Stoddartsville includes sites of historic significance that date from the Late Archaic (4000-5000 years ago) to the early-1900s. 

The KU immersion in interdisciplinary teamwork gives you a solid preparation for graduate study with careers in social services, international affairs, cultural events, museums, public service and private business.

This program is taught by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.

Sample Career Options

  • Historic preservationist
  • Cultural resource manager
  • Human rights advocate
  • Anthropologist and Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Conservationist
  • Ethnography and Cultural Anthropology specialist
  • Teacher
  • Museum Worker or Curator
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Urban and Regional Planner

Student Learning Outcomes

  • BA in Anthropology
    1. Students will demonstrate the ability to use anthropological concepts and theories to present a holistic and comparative understanding of human biological and cultural diversity.

    2. Students will demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, synthesize, and interpret anthropological data in fulfillment of SLO 1.

    3. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate anthropological knowledge effectively through written, oral, or data presentation in varying formats.

    4. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically apply anthropological thinking to contemporary issues relevant to their own and other cultures.

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