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B.A. in Anthropology

Delve deeply into the study of humans both past and present with a bachelor of arts in anthropology. Students examine the origins and evolution, biological characteristics, material culture, and social dimensions and dynamics of humankind.

Anthropology, a field of inquiry considered the most humanistic of the social sciences and the most scientific of the humanities, is a deeply comparative and participatory discipline that prepares students for meaningful life and work in our diverse and interconnected world. The curriculum fosters an awareness of the structure and diversity of human societies, past and present, and offers a broad range of perspectives on the experiences and meanings of being human. Students are exposed to the methods of inquiry and to the special knowledge and insights of anthropology. 

Courses in the department teach students how to apply anthropological principles to a wide range of social questions and problems. Anthropology graduates pursue careers in non-profit, public, or private sector fields. Students are well-equipped for graduate training in anthropology or other social sciences in pursuit of academic or applied research careers.

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Bryan Hill, left, and Kelsey Gill, right, are wearing white lab coats while cleaning an artifact in the WVU Archaeology Lab.