Available Emphasis Areas:
- Archaeology - Emphasis
- Sociocultural Anthropology - Emphasis
A degree in Anthropology provides opportunities to study and understand human social, cultural, biological, prehistoric, and language systems. The program features a holistic cross-cultural approach that includes research, fieldwork, and service. Students round out their studies with four terms of language (or via CLEP-demonstrated proficiency).
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology?
Anthropology is the study of humans and human behavior in the past, present, and future. If you're curious about how humanity evolved, what prehistoric rock art says about the past, how language shapes understanding, or even how to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, then Anthropology might be of interest to you. With a bachelor's degree in anthropology, you will gain an enduring understanding of the human condition, which is useful in any career.
The Anthropology Department is creatively engaged in research and application to the study of the behavior, institutions, and the biological makeup of humankind. You can learn ethnographic methods, computer simulation, multimedia production, laboratory science, bioarchaeology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Our labs are state-of-the-art. Not only will you develop the skills of a working anthropologist, but you'll also learn essential career skills like critical thinking, writing, communication and hands-on research. You can take advantage of opportunities to do fieldwork and internships here in Arizona and around the world. This major allows you to specialize in a principal area of anthropology or provides you the opportunity to take a course of study that includes all four offered fields.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Cultural resource management
- Land management
- Museum curation
- Medical anthropology
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Forensic anthropologist
- Academic professional
- Museum curator or educator
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.