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.d

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.

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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
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
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
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