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Anthropology — Biocultural Concentration, BA

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Department of Anthropology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

96-102 Credits


Anthropology explores what it means to be human. Anthropology is the scientific study of humankind in all the cultures of the world, past and present. This study includes humankind’s physical development and creation of diverse lifestyles. The cross-cultural approach of Anthropology provides a framework for understanding all the diverse facets of what it means to be human.

Why Consider a Biocultural Concentration in the Anthropology Major?

The Biocultural Anthropology Concentration is the most flexible of the biology anthropology combined majors and allows for students to gain a broad interdisciplinary training relevant for many of the professions confronting the challenges of modern society. Students can supplement their studies with related coursework from other departments given the requirements of specific training or post-baccalaureate programs.

 Contact Information

Department Chair

Todd Koetje
Arntzen Hall 334

Anthropology Office
Arntzen Hall 315


Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor
Tesla Monson
Arntzen Hall 320

Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor
MJ Mosher
Arntzen Hall 324

 Sample Careers

Physical Anthropologist | Archaeologist | Cultural Anthropologist | Anthropological Linguist | Forensic Anthropologist | Applied Health | Medical fields

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

To declare, a student must have completed any one of the following core courses:

  • ANTH 201 and ANTH 301 and either ANTH 210 or ANTH 215 or ANTH 247 (ANTH 247 may be substituted with LING 201, LING 204, ENG 370 or HNRS 217).

Contact the Department of Anthropology at (360) 650-3620 or visit their office in Arntzen Hall 315 to declare the major and connect with a departmental advisor.

Advising Tips: Students are advised to declare their major early in their academic career. Anthropology advisors will provide information about the program, help develop a plan of study and answer any questions.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.


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