Department of Anthropology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
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 an Archaeology Concentration in Anthropology Major?
Archaeology is the “cultural anthropology” of the human past. It uses scientific field work and laboratory techniques to investigate past human societies and the processes and effects of cultural evolution through the study of material remains. The Anthropology Department has a small, but growing program in archaeology. Our program is active in regional prehistoric and historic archaeology. Both undergraduate and graduate students’ participation in fieldwork is encouraged, and necessary if one is to enter the field professionally. Unlike some professions, archaeology can be entered on some levels with a B.A. degree, although M.A. and Ph.D. work offer greater opportunities.
Judith M.S. Pine
Arntzen Hall 340
Arntzen Hall 344
Arntzen Hall 315
Arntzen Hall 315
International Studies | Ethnologist | Museum Curator | Overseas Consultant | Researcher | Archaeologist
How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
To declare an Anthropology — Archaeology Concentration, BA, a student must have completed the following requirements:
- 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, or HNRS 217).
Contact the Department of Anthropology at 360-650-3620 or visit its website at chss.wwu.edu/anthropology for information and instructions to declare the major.
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.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.