What will I learn?

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).

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, bio-archaeology, 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

Available Emphasis Areas: Archaeology – Emphasis; Sociocultural Anthropology – Emphasis.

Which department am I in?

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (At least 120 units of credit)

Tuition fees
US$24,654.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2019


Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff Campus,



86011, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a high school and secondary education or post-secondary education in a country; minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for first-year. ACT English Sub Score: 21 or higher SAT Verbal Score: 510 or higher. English Language Requirements: Students are required to have TOEFL: 70 IBT or 525 PBT; IELTS: 6.0 band or higher.

For international students

A student must have a secondary (high school) and post-secondary/university education, as well as any vocational with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for first-year and transfer students.

The minimum scores for university admission are as follows:

TOEFL: 70 IBT or 525 PBT (School code: 4006)

IELTS: 6.0 band or higher

Pearson Test of English (PTE): 56 or higher

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