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Programs

Anthropology
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Kathleen Barlow
509-963-3201
barlowk@cwu.edu

Department Website: http://www.cwu.edu/anthropology
Introduction

Human behavior is always fascinating. Fortunately, students of anthropology have the pleasure of finding out what it means to be human and why we act the way we do in different circumstances.

Opportunities

What other major offers a chance to participate in an archaeological survey or a mock forensic burial site, or do some serious people-watching for a grade? Majoring in anthropology at CWU is your ticket to studying the human condition and finding out why we are the way we are.

Why this program?

Central offers a BS and a BA in anthropology. You can also earn a minor in anthropology over the course of two summers via CWU’s online minor program.

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Why CWU Anthropology?

Students in the anthropology program can become involved with a CWU Field School that conducts archaeological fieldwork in central Washington.

Students enrolled in the CWU Forensic Anthropology Field School experience the appropriate recovery and handling of human remains by excavating a mock crime scene.

Archaeological students get an up-close look at the importance of public involvement in the protection of local archaeological resources.

CWU anthropology offers course work in cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology and linguistics.

CWU students enjoy internships at the Seattle Art Museum, National Archives and Records Administration, US Bureau of Land Management, Washington State Historical Society, and Museum of Glass.

Students studying Museum Studies receive a firm foundation in the theory and practice of museums.

Connect to CWU Anthropology and Museum Studies

We're happy you're interested in the field of anthropology and museum studies at CWU. Here are some important links to help you stay connected. Your future is important to us.

Hands-on Learning

We know hands-on experience makes learning exciting. That's why at Central you'll get a chance to do what you're learning and enjoy real-world opportunities in the field.

Video Gallery

CWU Wenas Creek Mammoth Project

Thousands of years ago, a mammoth was buried in the hillside near the Wenas Creek in Selah, Washington. In 2005, its remains were discovered and a team from Central Washington University began the careful process of removing the bones from the hillside. Enjoy this short documentary highlighting the excavation by CWU students and faculty.

Points of Pride

Graduates of Central's anthropology program find jobs as museum curators, corporate anthropologists, forensic anthropologists, archaeologists and non-profit and consumer researchers.

Dean Hall, home to CWU Anthropology, is a LEED certified building filled with student study areas, high-tech laboratories, computer labs, classrooms, and a museum facility.

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