College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Undergraduate Studies

Anthropology is..

clipThe study of the human condition from a biological, cultural, social and political perspective from the earliest times to the present day with a focus on four main sub-fields: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology and Physical Anthropology.

Courses will familiarize students with current issues in human evolution, linguistics, the prehistoric development of culture, and culture theory. Undergraduate majors are required to gain a background in all four of these major subfields.

Certifying as an Anthropology Major

A student may certify a major in anthropology after the completion of 24 semester hours, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and have a Anthropology Advisor. To meet with an advisor, please contact Theresa Lavoie at

Certified majors should apply for a degree after completing 70 semester hours. Students can check the progress of their degrees by viewing degree audit reports found at Zzusis.


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A student may petition a minor or second major after the completion of 60 semester hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Please set up an appointment with the Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor to fill out all of the necesary paperwork and review your requirements.


Course Information

If you require an official course description you will find it in the WSU Catalog.

The WSU Schedule of Classes will let you know when our courses will be taught during the current semester.


Field Experience

Also, students are strongly encouraged to obtain some field experience in one of the Anthropological subdisciplines. A student can accomplish this in a number of ways:

  • International Programs at WSU has several study abroad opportunities for students
  • Field Schools offered through the Anthropology Department or another institution during the summer (must be approved by the department before hand)
  • Take ANTH 300 (Field Methods) or ANTH 499 (Special Projects) coordinated by a faculty member





For answers to any questions not covered in these pages please email, call or write to us:


Main Office Information:


College Hall 150
PO Box 644910
Pullman, WA 99164-4910
Phone: 509.335.3441
FAX: 509.335.3999


Undergraduate Resources



Anthropology Club

The WSU Anthropology Club offers students a series of activities designed to bring faculty and students together in informal gatherings that facilitate and expand hands on learning opportunties and foster greater Anthropological understanding.








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