Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

About the Anthropology, BA

Our BA in Anthropology offers a journey of discovery into the rich diversity of human societies, cultures, and biological diversity, now and in the past. You’ll gain critical thinking skills, cultural competency, and research expertise through coursework, field experiences, and research opportunities. Join us in making a positive impact on the world through the fascinating lens of Anthropology.

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Why Study Anthropology at CWU?

In our program, you’ll be well-prepared for careers in fields such as archaeology, cultural resource management, museums, public health, as well as advanced studies in Anthropology or other related fields.

Unlike most universities, CWU has both a BA and BA in Anthropology. Both will serve many goals, but the BS requires more theory and math courses, while the BA is more flexible and less credits. We also offer a small plan (45 credit) BA as a second major. 

Where is this program offered?  

How much does this program cost?  

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Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information. 

Degree Options

  • Large plan (62 credits): Our large plan embraces a traditional academic plan that does not require a minor or secondary major, though a related minor is always encouraged.   
  • Small plan (45 credits): Pursuing this major means you'll also need to choose another major in a discipline related to anthropology. You'll create a personalized program of study that combines your interests in both majors and work closely with an anthropology advisor who will guide and support you throughout the process. Before starting the program, make sure to review and submit your program proposal.  

Careers and Opportunities  

Graduates with a degree in Anthropology can pursue diverse career opportunities in various fields. Some potential career paths for Anthropology graduates include: 

  • Archaeologist 
  • Cultural Resource Manager 
  • Community Development Specialist 
  • Social Justice Advocate 
  • Cultural Consultant/Cross-Cultural Specialist 

The median pay for an anthropologist is $61,910 per year. Fields, such as archaeology and cultural anthropology in technology are in high demand.


Anthropology Student Association

In the Anthropology Student Association (ASA), you can connect with other students and look at the world through an anthropological lens, addressing global issues and creating connections. By taking this approach, ASA aims to foster a comprehensive understanding of the world and its challenges. 

The Museum of Culture and Environment

The Museum of Culture and Environment at CWU is a captivating and informative space that showcases exhibits exploring the dynamic relationship between humans and the environment. With a diverse range of artifacts and interactive displays, the museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to delve into the complexities of cultural diversity and environmental sustainability. Check out the Museum of Culture & Environment.

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Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies

Department Secretary:
357A Dean Hall
1200 Wildcat Way
(509) 963-3201

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