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Anthropology and Museum Studies

Handbook Overview

Anthropology presents a holistic perspective on the nature of humanity, on humans as biocultural organisms, including past developments and present diversity in relation to the total environment.

You may pursue classroom, laboratory, and field studies in the areas of biological and cultural anthropology. Your studies can be organized into programs such as cultural ecology, museology, community studies, medical anthropology, area studies and many other options. The CWU Museum of Culture and Environment through workshops and exhibits, provides further scope for research and community service.

A departmental honors program is available at the upper division level. You may also seek experience with the Central Washington Archaeological Survey (CWAS). CWAS is a service and research facility associated with the department which conducts regional archaeological research, while promoting public involvement in the protection of local archaeological resources. Also associated with the department lab is the Geographic Information Systems Laboratory, a full-time computer facility for spatial analysis in the natural and social sciences.

Above all we encourage you to join the Anthropology Student Association (ASA). The ASA helps to sponsor our most important academic and social events.

Classes at the 100 level within anthropology include a general survey of the field (107) and major sub-fields. 300 level classes focus on selected sub-fields in anthropology; upper division standing or relevant lower division courses in anthropology are desirable. 400 level classes are directed to students with previous background in anthropology. With the exception of variable-credit classes (490, 491, 496, 498), other 400 level classes assume completion of at least three of the introductory level classes (ANTH 110, 120, 130 or 180), plus 15 credits in anthropology or permission of the instructor