Anthropology

General Track
Major, Minor

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Overview

Anthropology is the study of all cultures across time and space, the study of what makes us human. Through comparative studies, anthropologists determine how people of the world are similar and different. They engage in issues relating to modern society, such as health care, human rights, law, urban development, and global population. The program focuses on the subdiscipline areas of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, environmental anthropology, and archaeology.

Students are encouraged (but not required) to select a track from among the four subspecialties in Anthropology: Cultural/Applied Anthropology; Biological Anthropology; Environmental Change, Community Engagement, and Wellness Anthropology; or Archaeology/Cultural Resource Management. Students who choose the “General Anthropology” option (e.g., those students who do not wish to specialize in any of the four listed tracks) complete 27 credits from any of the specialized courses.

Real World Application

Anthropologists take a broad approach to understanding the many different aspects of the human experience, which we call holism. They consider the past, through archaeology, to see how human groups lived hundreds or thousands of years ago and what was important to them. They consider what makes up our biological bodies and genetics, as well as our bones, diet, and health. Anthropologists also try to understand how people interact in social relationships. They look at the different ways people dress and communicate in different societies.

Students studying anthropology at Utah State University are prepared for careers in numerous fields through the skills and knowledge they gain in both the liberal arts and natural sciences. Graduates of USU’s anthropology program are in-depth thinkers with effective reading and writing skills and the ability to solve problems across the humanities and natural sciences.

Alumni Experience

Field Schools

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Anthropology students at Utah State have the opportunity to participate in many different Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Schools, where they can experience what anthropologists do on a daily basis. 

Hands-on Learning

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USU Anthropology proudly offers many hands-on experiences for students, such as the Osteology and Zooarchaeology Lab. The lab is equipped with a variety of skeletal specimens for study.

 

Program Advisor

Tom Liljegren

Tom Liljegren

Advising - Director

435.797.3883
Old Main 106
tom.liljegren@usu.edu

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

  • Utah State University offers many options for financial aid, including university level scholarships and aid available to specific colleges and majors.