What will I learn?

Anthropology is the study of human origins and evolution, present conditions of human life, and future prospects. It considers human beings as biological and social entities and seeks to explain both diversities and commonalities of peoples and cultures. For undergraduates, anthropology provides a rich overview of human life. It also introduces them to a variety of skills and practical research methods which anthropologists apply in laboratory and field studies of the ecological constraints on human existence, the cultural basis of individual and organizational behavior, and, in general, problems and circumstances relating to the maintenance of healthy, productive human action in the world today.

Overview of the Programs

The Department of Anthropology offers both a major and minor in anthropology.

The major in anthropology begins with a set of introductory courses in archaeology, biological/physical anthropology, and cultural anthropology. These introductory courses are followed with upper division core courses in theory and method.

A student rounds out the major by taking any of the diverse elective courses offered by the department each semester.

Students seeking to minor in anthropology complete essentially the same set of requirements as the major, though there is more flexibility and choice with respect to the core courses. And, of course, the unit requirements are different.

These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$28,888.00 (21,43,027) per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

1201 Larimer Street,



80217, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are considered under freshmen admission standards if: applying for the first time after graduating from high school or passing a high school equivalency exam; and/or earned fewer than 24 college-level credit hours since high school graduation.

For international students

Applicants must have completed their high school equivalent qualification, as well as any secondary school coursework completed prior to enrollment in the US.

Applicants to CU Denver must provide proof of English language proficiency (ELP) in order to be considered for full admission.

Minimum TOEFL IBT Total Score: 79; TOEFL Sub scores (Reading: 18, Listening: 17, Speaking: 20, Writing: 17).

Minimum IELTS Overall Band Score: 6.5, IELTS Sub scores as 5.5.

Minimum PTE Academic Score Accepted: 58.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.