Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human beings and seeks to understand humankind from millions of years ago to the present day. Anthropologists consider how human behavior changes over time, and how people and cultures are both different and the same. Anthropology examines the human condition in scientific and interpretive ways, providing students with the tools to understand cultural diversity and solve pressing problems associated with cross-cultural communication.

The anthropology program at Auburn University takes a four-field approach to the study of the human condition, offering courses in archaeology, physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Students majoring in anthropology will sample the variety of topics within the discipline while gaining specialized knowledge in each of the four fields. Classes are generally small to allow for an intimate exchange of knowledge between faculty and students. 

With an undergarduate degree in anthropology, students can continue their academic work in a number of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences at the graduate level, or prepare for a profession in government, the non-profit and educational sectors, or industry. Anthropologists forge careers in archaeology, cultural resource management, environmental and human impact assessment, analysis, policy making and analysis, and research, among others.

Related Minors


Students must complete 15 semester hours of courses to receive a minor in anthropology. Students must do the following:

  • Select two courses (6 hours) from 2000 level classes
  • Select three courses (9 hours) from classes at the 3000 level and above

For more information about anthropology

 Anthrpology Program Website

Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Kelly Alley

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
 7030 Haley Center
 Phone: 334-884-504

Careers in Anthropology

A student with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology has acquired critical analysis skills, oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and a great understanding of many different cultures, which have many applications in public service, political activism and the private sector.

Career tracks in anthropology do not all focus on academic teaching jobs. Anthropologists also work in a broad array of fields, from government and human services to manufacturing and retail industries. These occupations may involve the following: conducting research, implementing policy, teaching, or providing expertise in the areas of health, development, education, or the corporate world. Some job opportunities require an advanced degree (MA or PhD) while others do not.

Examples of possible employers in each sub-field include:


  • Cultural Resource Management (CRM)
  • US Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • State highways departments
  • Museum and historical society curators and administrators
  • Native American tribal organizations

Cultural Anthropology

  • Non-profit groups
  • Hospitals
  • Relief organizations
  • Environmental organizations
  • Public policy institute
  • Large private consulting firms
  • Researchers
  • Program administrators
  • Human resource specialists

Linguistic Anthropology

  • Development and human services groups
  • Foreign service branches
  • Intelligence agencies

Physical Anthropology

  • Forensic specialists in law enforcement
  • Medical examiners
  • Primate wildlife specialists in zoological gardens
  • Anatomists in public education
  • Medical research specialists
  • Private consultants for CRM firms and government agencies

Curriculum in Anthropology

The anthropology program takes a four-field approach to the study of the human condition, offering courses in archaeology, physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.

ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ANTH 1000 Introduction to Anthropology3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Core History13Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Core Mathematics3Core Fine Arts3
Elective 2Elective3
 15 16
SOCY 1000 Sociology: Global Perspective or 1010 Global Geography3Core Social Science or Core History to complete the sequence13
Core Literature13Core Science II4
Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) 23ANTH 2000 Ethnographic Methods3
Core Science I4ANTH 2310 Race, Gender, and Human Variation3
ANTH 2100 Introductory Archaeology3LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
 16 15
Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence13STAT 2010 Statistics for Social and Behavior Sciences4
ANTH 3300 Physical Anthropology3Course from ANTH Tier 433
ANTH 3100 Language and Culture3Course from ANTH Tier 2 or 333
Course from ANTH Tier 433Electives3
 15 13
Course from ANTH Tier 2 or 333ANTH 4310 Anthropological Theory43
Course from ANTH Tier 433Course from ANTH Tier 433
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or a two-course literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.


If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.


Student must meet with their advisers to identify approved courses for Tiers 2, 3, and 4.


ANTH 4310 fulfills SLO 7.



Last Updated: December 11, 2014