Anthropology

Major
Bachelor of Arts
Natural & Environmental Sciences

Anthropology is the study of human behavior. The discipline is holistic, cross-cultural and explores what it means to be human.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Anthropology students 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.

THE PROGRAM

The Anthropology program provides students with training in archaeology, physical anthropology and cultural anthropology through work in the laboratory, field and classroom. Students apply information from the classroom as they participate in field studies. Majors are required to take a field school, which may include a stint in Belize, on Tenderfoot Mountain or the San Luis Valley. The field school gives students hands-on field experience in anthropology. Laboratory skills are an important feature of the Anthropology curriculum, and students have the opportunity to participate in research with faculty. Anthropology is a standard major, meaning students take it along with another major or minor.

CAREERS

An Anthropology degree prepares students for graduate school as well as careers in industry, government, education and health. Many students go into cultural resource management, surveying and identifying potentially valuable sites ahead of construction, road building and oil drilling projects. The work can include excavating prehistoric or historical sites when damage cannot be avoided. It requires laboratory analysis and writing reports after fieldwork—skills we stress at Western.

FIELD TRIP OPPORTUNITIES

Students also take to the field every semester on trips that provide an opportunity to visit and explore famous sites and cultural areas discussed in class. These sites include:

  • Hopi Mesas

  • Great Sand Dunes

  • Canyon de Chelly

  • Arches National Park

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

Our friendly faculty would love to hear from you.

Lynn L. Sikkink

Opportunities

OPPORTUNITIES

  • Anthropology students have many opportunities to research in the field and have access to state-of-the-art technology and sites. All students are encouraged to develop and present their own creative and relevant research projects
    at conferences.

  • STUDY ABROAD: Travel to India, Ecuador, Prague, London, Italy or Belize through Extended Studies.

  • Tenderfoot (aka “W”) Mountain, just one mile away from campus, is home to structures dating to the Paleo Indian period—more than 10,000 years ago. Western has conducted field schools on the site since 2001.

Profiles

Hunter Guthrie
Hunter is from Angola, Ind., majoring in Anthropology, with a minor in Geography and a minor in Latin American studies.

Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a sample of courses offered by Western State Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the university course search.

 ANTH 107 - Introduction to General Anthropology (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 218 - Physical Anthropology (with laboratory) (4 credits)

An examination of biological variation in modern human populations and biologicalevolution of humans as shown by the fossil record. Additional course fee applies. Prerequisite: ANTH 107.

 ANTH 219 - Archaeology (with laboratory) (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. Additional course fee applies. Prerequisite: ANTH 107.

 ANTH 230 - Cultural Anthropology (4 credits)

An exploration of ethnographic theory and methods, and a cross-cultural and comparative examination of societies studied by ethnographers. Additional course fee applies. Prerequisite: ANTH 107.

 ANTH 465 - Research Seminar in Anthropology (3 credits)

A study of the history and intellectual growth of anthropology is paired with individual work on student projects, which employ theory and methods discussed in class. Students present their work to the university community. Prerequisite: Senior standing; or instructor permission.

 ANTH 467 - Ethnography Field School (4 credits)

A field experience in cultural anthropology in which students are immersed in the culture, traditions, and lifeways of a group of people, learning methods of inquiry and anthropological perspectives through hands-on experiences. This course may be taken for a maximum of eight credits. Prerequisite: ANTH 230 or instructor permission.

 ANTH 469 - Archaeology Field School (4 credits)

A field-experience course in which students learn and perform proper fieldtechniques. Some laboratory work may be involved. This course is offered during the summer session and may be taken for a maximum of eight credits. Additional course fee applies. Prerequisites: ANTH 219 or instructor permission.

 ANTH 469 - ST: ADVANCED ARCH FIELD SCHL (4 credits)

A field-experience course in which students learn and perform proper fieldtechniques. Some laboratory work may be involved. This course is offered during the summer session and may be taken for a maximum of eight credits. Prerequisites: ANTH 219 or instructor permission.

 ANTH 469 - ST: ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL (4 credits)

A field-experience course in which students learn and perform proper fieldtechniques. Some laboratory work may be involved. This course is offered during the summer session and may be taken for a maximum of eight credits. Prerequisites: ANTH 219 or instructor permission.

 ANTH 469 - ST: TA MAYA ARCH FIELD SCHOOL (4 credits)

A field-experience course in which students learn and perform proper fieldtechniques. Some laboratory work may be involved. This course is offered during the summer session and may be taken for a maximum of eight credits. Prerequisites: ANTH 219 or instructor permission.

 ANTH 469 - ST: ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL II (4 credits)

A field-experience course in which students learn and perform proper fieldtechniques. Some laboratory work may be involved. This course is offered during the summer session and may be taken for a maximum of eight credits. Prerequisites: ANTH 219 or instructor permission.

 MATH 113 - Statistical Thinking (3 credits)

A course introducing the ideas of statistical analysis. Topics include data visualization and summarization, parameter estimation, and hypothesis testing. This course emphasizes practical aspects of data analysis and makes extensive use of spreadsheets and real data. Prerequisite: ACT math score of 21 or above; SAT math score of 540 or above; MATH 099; or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test score of 106 or above; or co-requisite MATH 103 (SAI). GT-MA1

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

David M. Hyde headshot
Lecturer in Anthropology, MGES Instructor
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
Lynn L. Sikkink headshot
Professor of Anthropology
B.A., University of Colorado; , M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
Phone: (970) 943-2062
Office Location: Hurst Hall 31C
Mark Stiger headshot
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