Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human behavior. The discipline is holistic, cross-cultural and explores what it means to be human. You will consider such fascinating questions as how peoples’ behaviors change over time, how people move about the world and how the human species has evolved over millions of years.

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

At Western, you will build a broad geographical and temporal perspective of human biological and cultural adaptations. This includes an understanding of cultural diversity in our own society, in our world at large and in the past.

Beyond the Classroom

Western students have multiple opportunities for field research and access to state-of-the-art technology. You are encouraged (in many required courses) to develop your own creative and relevant research projects to design, implement and present your results - giving you hands-on opportunities that at many other schools are only available to graduate students.

Your courses will incorporate such programs as the latest Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Total Station survey and mapping, and scanning electron microscopy.

One of the most extraordinary aspects of studying anthropology at Western is our access to the unique archaeology of the Gunnison Valley. Western State Colorado University has conducted field schools on the Tenderfoot Mountain Site since 1991. Tenderfoot, near the campus, is home to structures that date to the earliest Archaic and maybe to late Paleo-Indian periods, which began about 8,000 years ago. (See more about Archaeology Studies at Western.)

After Graduation

With their degrees in anthropology, Western students have continued on to graduate schools and have pursued careers in industry and government research.

Courses

 ANTH 107 - INTRO GENERL ANTH (HNRS) GSS3 (3 credits)

A general introduction to anthropology. All three sub-fields of modern anthropology:cultural anthropology (archaeology and ethnography), physical anthropology, and linguistics are covered.

 ANTH 107 - INTRO TO GENERAL ANTHRO GSS3 (3 credits)

A general introduction to anthropology. All three sub-fields of modern anthropology:cultural anthropology (archaeology and ethnography), physical anthropology, and linguistics are covered.

 ANTH 219 - ARCHAEOLOGY W LAB (4 credits)

A study of the methods and theory of modern archaeology. The emphasis is on how archaeologists understand the past. A general chronology of world prehistory is presented. Prerequisite: ANTH 107.

 ANTH 265 - ANTHROPOLOGICAL WRITING STAT (3 credits)

An introduction to the skills employed in the field of anthropology, using data sets and techniques from anthropological research. Prerequisites: ANTH 107, ENG 102, and MATH 140.

 ANTH 369 - ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD TRIP (1 credits)

A field study of archaeological and ethnographic cultures in the western United States. Students camp and tour ancient sites, modern Native American towns, and anthropological museums. This course may be taken for a maximum of six credits.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Lecturer in Anthropology
B.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Washington State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-2222
Office Location: Hurst Hall 031A
Professor of Anthropology
B.A., University of Colorado; , M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
Phone: (970) 943-2062
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16D
Professor of Anthropology
B.A., M.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., University of New Mexico.
Phone: (970) 943-2073
Office Location: Hurst Hall 25B