Sociology / Anthropology

BA in Anthropology

As the study of humankind, anthropology examines the culture, society, and biology of humans and their closest relatives across time. Anthropology encompasses the following sub-disciplines:

  • Cultural anthropology, the study of human cultures across the globe
  • Archaeology, the study of the human past through material culture
  • Physical anthropology, the study of human evolution and biological diversity
  • Linguistics, the study of human language and its meaning in social context

Students may go on to pursue careers in fields such as public health, nursing, law, education, business, urban planning, and museum studies.

Degree Requirements for Major

Requirement Checklist 

Course Schedule

Fall 2014


Washburn Catalog 2014-2015


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an Anthropology degree, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and appreciation for, global cultural and biological diversity;
  • Explain the logic of the four-field approach to American anthropology;
  • Demonstrate a scientific understanding of biological evolution and cultural change over time;
  • Evaluate the impacts of colonialism and globalization on world cultures;
  • Apply critical and analytic thinking skills to representations of human culture; and
  • Evaluate major ethnical dilemmas of anthropological research.

Mission Statement

Consistent with the mission of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers students the opportunity to deepen and broaden their knowledge of humankind and themselves. We provide a broad understanding of cultural, social, and physical diversity in the world - past, present, and future. Students enrolled in sociology and anthropology classes will learn to critically examine social life, its organization, and its meaning. Through engaged pedagogy, we contribute to the intellectual development of our students who acquire the skills needed to examine cultures and societies through empirical, analytical, comparative, and historical methods. We believe that a firm grounding in sociological and anthropological knowledge will enrich the lives of our students and prepare them to be active citizens of their local communities and our global society.