Welcome to the Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies

The Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies is a vibrant and nurturing community committed to the comprehensive study of human societies, cultures, and biological diversity across time and space.

Why Study With Us at CWU?

We offer enriching and diverse classes on the four major subfields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Our interdisciplinary approach encourages students to explore the intricacies of human societies and develop a profound understanding of the human experience.

Labs and CWAS

The CWU Forensic Anthropology Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Nicole Jastremski, is located in Dean 228.

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Wenas Creek Mammoth Project

The Wenas Creek Mammoth Project is a Central Washington University (CWU) scientific investigation of mammoth bones.

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Museum Studies Students and Alumni

Many Museum Studies students undertake creative projects in their internships.

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Affiliated Programs

Navigation Page with Affiliated Programs.

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Contact Us

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Student Funding & Research

This page describes departmental funding for students, and also some other key sources of student funding.

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Central Washington Anthropological Survey

CWAS outreach is under the supervision of Dr. Steven Hackenberger.

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About Anthropology and Museum Studies

In our department, we understand the importance of practical experience. We provide numerous opportunities for you to engage in learning through internships, fieldwork, study abroad programs, research projects, and our Summer Field Program. These experiences not only enhance your understanding of anthropology but also equip you with valuable skills for your future career.  

As a part of our commitment to your future, we work closely with you to develop personalized academic and career plans. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in a variety of fields, including academia, cultural resource management, public health, international development, and museum work, among others. 

Degree Options 

Learn more about our degree options through our Program Finder. 


For general university admissions information, contact the Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact Academic Advising.


The Museum of Culture and Environment 

The Museum of Culture and Environments offers a dynamic and inclusive place where ideas, perspectives, and the newest research are shared. From the Touring the Solar System exhibit featuring a campus-wide map of the solar system to the Puzzle Room loaded with actors, monsters, and plot twists, the Museum of Culture and Environment is definitely a place to visit.   

The Mammoth Project 

Excavated with the collaborative effort of students and faculty, the Wenas Creek Mammoth Project is a CWU scientific investigation of mammoth bones found on private land in Central Washington. Join us as we continue to learn more about life 17,000 years ago as lab analyses are completed and reported. For more information, check out our Mammoth Dig

Lab Facilities and Research   

We are well-equipped with laboratories for archaeology, forensic anthropology, osteology, and zooarchaeology. Learn more about our Labs and Organization Research.

CWU News

CWU selects new executive director of Institutional Effectiveness

September 21, 2023


State of the University address scheduled for September 29

September 20, 2023


New exhibit to open September 28 at Sarah Spurgeon Gallery

September 18, 2023


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