Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

About

With an anthropology degree, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your exposure to peoples and cultures of the world, both now and in the past. Our four-field approach considers the biological, cultural, prehistoric and linguistic aspects of human diversity. Students usually choose to specialize in one of the four subfields.

Curriculum & Requirements

Curriculum & Requirements

Anthropology Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Notes:

  • two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college-level foreign language is required for this major;
  •  the Anthropology major does not require a minor.
Required Disciplinary Foundation Courses
ANTR 202HUMAN EVOLUTION5
ANTR 204ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE5
ANTR 301CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY5
ANTR 303LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY5
Methods Course
ANTR 401ANTHROPOLOGY RESEARCH METHODS5
Theory Course
ANTR 408ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY5
Electives–choose a minimum of 25 upper-division ANTR credits.25
Capstone Series
ANTR 490SENIOR CAPSTONE ANTHROPOLOGY5
Total Credits60

Catalog Listing

Anthropological Specializations

Biological anthropology is the study of the biological origin and physical variation among human populations and stresses an evolutionary and forensic perspective on humans. Faculty members have worked with the Spokane Police Department. Our students are prepared for careers in a variety of biomedical areas ranging from nutrition, public health, forensic studies, and other allied fields.

Supporting Electives

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Biology & Society
  • Other courses offered by the Biology Department

Internships and Career Opportunities

  • International Red Cross
  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cultural anthropology is the study of human cultural diversity. Faculty members have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Africa, Central Eurasia, East Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East on topics such as the cultural aspects of health care delivery in post-war settings, human dynamics of environmental conservation in ethnic minority communities, the politics of heritage preservation in regions with ethnic conflict, and the economics of fair trade among marginalized agricultural communities. Students are prepared for a variety of careers in institutions and organizations that require an understanding of cultural diversity.

Supporting Electives

  • American Indian Studies
  • Courses offered by the History Department

Internships and Career Opportunities

  • Spokane Regional Health District
  • Centro Cultural Hispano Americano
  • U.S. Agency for International Development

Linguistic anthropology is the study of human language and communicative diversity. Faculty members work on Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Turkic languages, and also emphasize the anthropological study of non-verbal communication within architecture, dance and gesture, and other visual media, design, and arts.

Supporting Electives

  • American Indian Studies
  • Africana Studies
  • Chicana/o/x Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies
  • Courses offered by the International Affairs Program
  • Courses offered by the Sociology Program

Internships and Career Opportunities

  • Academy for Educational Development
  • Northwest Museum for Arts and Culture
  • Spokane Salish School

Archaeology is the study of past human societies by analyzing material remains (sites and artifacts). The Archeology curriculum stresses the archaeology of Europe, the Americas, and the Columbian Plateau region of Eastern Washington. The Department offers topical courses on Indians of North America, Principles of Archaeology, Underwater Archaeology, European Prehistory, Irish History and Culture, Archaeology of Mesoamerica, Pacific Northwest Archaeology, and World Archaeology and methodological courses such as Advanced Laboratory Techniques, and Archaeology Field Techniques. Students who focus on the archaeology curriculum are prepared for careers such as Cultural Resource Management and Historical Interpretation.

Supporting Electives

  • American Indian Studies
  • Modern Languages & Literatures
  • Communication Disorders
  • Education
  • English
  • Communication Studies
  • Courses offered by the Film Department

Internships and Career Opportunities

  • EWU’s Archaeological and Historical Services
  • National Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture