The Anthropology Major (BA, BS) is designed to prepare students for employment in anthropological careers (e.g., in non-profit organizations, private companies, or governmental agencies) or graduate school.
The major gives students a balanced exposure to anthropology’s subfields through required courses and then allows students to specialize in one of the subfields through selection of electives.
Three 100-level introductory courses give students background in biological anthropology (Anth 101), archaeology (Anth 102), and socio-cultural anthropology (Anth 103). Building on these courses, students are required to take three 300-level classes, one in each subfield. Students explore their particular interest (in one of the subfields or research theme) through taking 300-level and 400-level elective courses, including one “methods” based course, which gives students practice linking theory to particular research questions, to data collection and analysis.
New in Fall 2020! Majors will be required to take Anth 345 Practicing Anthropology, where students will learn ways anthropology addresses real world problems related to development, environment, human health, cultural resource management, conflict, and more. Students will also create a personalized career plan.
The Anthropology minor provides background in the three subfields (biological anthropology, archaeology, and socio-cultural anthropology); students then take electives in one of the subfields or topical areas of particular interest.
Please visit the Anthropology undergraduate program section in the PSU Bulletin for details on requirements for the major and minor and links to course descriptions.
Anthropology Majors in the Urban Honors Program
As part of your honors degree, you will be writing an honors thesis related to anthropology in your senior year. As you take anthropology courses and identify your key interests, consider which of our faculty would fit well with those interests. Meet with our faculty, discuss possible projects as early as possible, ideally during your junior year. Anthropology faculty often have project ideas that they can suggest. Please don’t hesitate to contact us as you develop your plan.
Please visit a professional academic advisor who can help you develop a course plan to ensure that all the courses you take meet degree requirements or satisfy your academic goals. Anthropology majors/minors should make an appointment with an advisor in the Language, Culture, and Meaning Pathway.
We also strongly recommend Anthropology majors/minors connect with a faculty in the Anthropology Department for mentoring and career planning. If you have narrowed your interests to one of the subfields, seek out a faculty member whose background matches your main goals and meet with them once or twice per academic year.
Each tenure-line faculty has open office hours throughout the academic year, October-June. Along with their subfield. No appointment is necessary during office hours. Faculty may also be available at other times by appointment.
University Career Center
The University Career Center is available to all students, alumni, faculty, and staff. You can book an appointment with a career advisor or start a job search. Check out the upcoming events for their monthly workshop schedule.