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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology — Elementary, BAE

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Department of Anthropology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

45 Credits


The Anthropology Department offers a combined major in accordance with the Woodring College of Education requirements. Anthropology is particularly valuable for teachers, because it provides a broad understanding of human behavior. Teachers often work with students of various cultural backgrounds and an awareness of specific cultural learning influences, attitudes, motivations, and patterns of interaction is an integral part of working effectively and respectfully in diverse communities. This is the basis of the core subjects in cultural anthropology.

This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in Elementary Education offered through Woodring College of Education.

Why Consider an Anthropology Elementary Major?

Through the required basic courses in Anthropology, education majors will acquire an understanding of the nature of human beings, the evolution of the human species and the tremendous variation of cultural traits that are both our heritage and potential. Through faculty advisement, prospective students will be informed of advanced coursework that are beneficial combinations to complete individual academic goals. One possible emphasis is the culture of the Native American Indians–a subject that most elementary teacher cover at some point in their curriculum. Another emphasis may be cultural minority groups in the Pacific Northwest. The relationship of cultural learning to personality development and the relationship of cultural expectations to the learning process itself are other important areas covered by courses which may be taken as part of the Anthropology Education Major.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Judith M.S. Pine
Arntzen Hall 340

Department Manager
Lauren Townshend
Anthropology Office
Arntzen Hall 315


Elementary Education 
Professional Program Information

Miller Hall 300

Teacher Education Admission
Miller Hall 150

Elementary Education Program Manager
Miller Hall 301D

 Sample Careers

Actuary | Financial Planner/Analyst | Government | Investment Banker | Budget Analyst | Banking Securities | Financial Economist | Business Forecaster

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

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.

Declare your Anthropology — Elementary, BAE major as soon as you discover you are interested. Contact the Anthropology Department at 360-650-3620 or visit its website at chss.wwu.edu/anthropology for details.

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.

See the Elementary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for courses in the elementary education professional program and all courses required for the endorsement.

Additional Requirements

Elementary Education Professional Program Requirements

Department of Elementary Education, Woodring College of Education

105 credits


This program centers an anti-bias, anti-racist, social justice philosophy and leads to a recommendation to the state of Washington for a teaching certificate with an Elementary Education endorsement. Students seeking a bachelor’s degree with teacher certification and an endorsement in elementary education must complete the GURs, an approved academic major, and the professional education course work listed below.

Admission and Declaration Process

See the Elementary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

Grade Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in the elementary education professional program and in all courses required for the endorsement.

Professional Field Experiences & Methods Courses (43 credits)

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