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Anthropology and Museum Studies

Message From The Chair

General Departmental Information

Welcome to the Department of Anthropology! I hope you will enjoy exploring the website.

The Anthropology Department is a four-field department. We offer course work in cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology and linguistics. Our faculty are also experienced in applications of anthropology to contemporary world issues and can advise about career paths related to the study of culture such as museum work, contract archaeology, resource management, health careers, international development, globalization issues, environmental science and forensic anthropology. 

Since 2009 we have been enjoying a newly renovated facility in Dean Hall, where we have department offices and study areas for students, laboratories, computer labs, classrooms, and a new museum facility. 

The Anthropology Department conducts the Museum Studies program in concert with  the Museum of Culture and Environment (MCE),College of the Sciences, where students have access to all aspects of collections, exhibitions and programming work.  The MCE  is located on the first floor of Dean Hall.

We work closely with other programs on campus, among them  Primate Behavior and Ecology, American Indian Studies, Women’s Studies, Film and Visual Studies,and Latino and Latin-American Studies. , We are home to the Master's program in Primate Behavior, and, along with the Geography department, the interdisciplinary Master’s  program in Resource Management,

We offer exciting opportunities for hands-on experience, from archaeology field schools to museum internships to study abroad opportunities.

You are welcome to contact me at BarlowK@cwu.edu with questions about specific programs or areas of interest to you in anthropology. If you are considering transferring to Central or beginning your college career and would like to visit the department, please call (509) 963-3201 to make an appointment so that we may welcome you to Anthropology and Museum Studies at Central!