A major in Anthropology provides you with the ability to better understand the cross-cultural encounters you’ll have in our globalized world.

Diverse backgrounds come with differing ideas, products, foods, technology and people. Through your experiences in this program, you will gain critical thought to appreciate, understand, and interact successfully with others. You will have the opportunity to take part in fieldwork courses, which include excavation work and interpreting the findings; internship opportunities, and students organizations like the Anthropology Club. 

Anthropology majors work in people-focused careers, which include government policy, human resources, public relations, environmental justice, healthcare fields and more.

What Will I Learn?

  • Identify and apply anthropological methods and theories to solving complex social and biological problems at local, regional, and global levels
  • Explain the holistic nature of anthropology and demonstrate its power as an analytical and conceptual tool to understand the human condition
  • Communicate anthropological ideas effectively and concisely, verbally and in writing, for multiple audiences
  • Explain anthropological research methods and theories, and apply these to the analysis and reporting of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Employ cross-cultural comparisons over space and time to explain how social constructs such as race, gender, and status are created and challenged
  • Gain hands-on experience in designing, conducting, and writing about applied research, community outreach, and service projects

Full list of Anthropology program goals can be found on the Hub for Teaching and Learning site.


Visit the University Catalog:

Learn about degree requirements and coursework for the Anthropology major and minor.

Learn which Dearborn Discovery Core requirements are fulfilled by taking Anthropology courses.


Making the Most of Your Major

There are opportunities to develop skills and connect with others interested in anthropology beyond the classroom. Check out the Anthropology Major Map to get a more detailed, year-by-year view of how you can learn, engage, network and transform your community and prepare for life after graduation.

General Program Information

Full-time Anthropology Faculty

Patrick Beauchesne

Associate Professor of Anthropology

John Chenoweth

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology Discipline Coordinator

Brian McKenna

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Rose Wellman

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Anthropology Student Video

Anthropology is the study of humans -- their language, culture, and how they develop over time.

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