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2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Anthropology — Archaeology Concentration, BA

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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Department of Anthropology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

80 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 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.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Judith M.S. Pine
Arntzen Hall 338

Archaeology Advisor
Todd Koetje
Arntzen Hall 322

Department Manager
Lauren Townshend
Anthropology Office
Arntzen Hall 315


 Sample Careers

Archaeologist | International Studies | Ethnologist | Museum Curator | Museums (collections, education, and research) | Science Journalism | Science Communication | Overseas Consultant | Researcher | Forensic science

 Major/Career Resources


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.

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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