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

Anthropology — Biocultural Concentration, BA

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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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
Judith M.S. Pine
Arntzen Hall 338

Department Manager
Lauren Townshend
Anthropology Office
Arntzen Hall 315

Anthropology/Biocultural Advisor
Tesla Monson
Arntzen Hall 320


 Sample Careers

Biocultural Anthropologist | Cultural Anthropologist | Archaeologist | Anthropological Linguist | Forensic Anthropologist | Applied Health | Medical fields | Teaching| Nursing | Nutritionist | Public Health | Infectious Diseases | International Nutrition | Biomedical research | Biomechanics | Medical Genetics Research | Kinesiology and Human Biology | Healthcare Fields | Forensic science | Museums (collections, education, and research) | Science Journalism | Science Communication | Zoos (collections and captive breeding)   

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

To declare an Anthropology — Biocultural 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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