Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Arts or Minor in Anthropology

The anthropology BA program includes core courses that introduce the history of the discipline and the main emphasis areas:

Methods courses provide training in conducting research and analyzing data, and upper-division electives allow both broad exploration of anthropology as well as specialization within one or more emphasis areas.

Hands On Experience

Educational and research opportunities in anthropology are enhanced by small class sizes and excellent facilities available at Humboldt, from the laboratories and classrooms in the newly constructed Behavioral and Social Sciences Building, to our simulated archaeological site. Students and collaborating scientists use these facilities for classes, hands-on training, and to conduct a wide range of innovative research. Our students have presented their findings at professional conferences, co-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals, completed honors theses, been accepted to prestigious graduate programs, and won distinguished awards and scholarships.

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Critically engage ethnographic representations, design cultural studies, collect ethnographic data, learn about Native American Languages, delve into vital real-world cultural issues, and have the opportunity to make international experience an integral part of the degree through international exchange and independent study across the globe.

Participate in archaeological surveys, excavations, and analysis, supported by local archaeological sites, our on-campus simulated site, partnerships with local museums and cultural heritage offices, the Archaeology Research Laboratory, the Cultural Resources Facility, and the Belize Archaeology Field Program.

Conduct research in comparative anatomy, mechanisms of evolution, evolutionary medicine, bioarchaeoology, forensic anthropology, and non-human primate behavior and ecology through the Biological Anthropology Research Center and partnering local, national, and international agencies. Check out the Medieval Poland Bioarchaeology Field Program.

The HSU Anthropology Club is designed to promote a greater understanding of the academic discipline among students and enable them to explore their interests within the field. We are a fun and friendly group that holds meetings and plans events throughout the year that are related to the various aspects of anthropology (biological, cultural, linguistics, and archaeology).

Students have the opportunity to receive credit for engaging in resume-building internships with local agencies such as museums, tribal historic preservation offices, the coroner’s office, nonprofits, shelters, community action groups, advocacy organizations, and the list goes on…

In addition to our anthropological field schools, many of our students take advantage of Humboldt’s exchange programs, which enable students to travel the world and make hands-on, international experience an integral part of education. Students may receive units of Anthropology major credit for international study.

Students completing this program will have demonstrated:

  1. Understanding of the diversity of cultural values reflected in different patterns of social and political organization and systems of communication (symbolic and linguistic)
  2. The ability to think critically and to apply the scientific method in the various sub-fields of the discipline (cultural, biological, archaeology, linguistics, and applied)
  3. Understanding of the complex and interrelated processes of change (biological and cultural evolution, diffusion, colonialism, globalization) both within cultures and across cultural boundaries ƒ
  4. A solid grasp of the relevance of anthropology to present-day policy and social issues such as human rights, health, historical preservation, conservation, economic development, language use, and cultural practices. ƒ
  5. Practical skills needed to assume the roles and responsibilities of a productive member of an increasingly global society (oral and written skills, research and library skills, technical computer skills) through classroom assignments, fieldwork, and professional service opportunities.