Bachelor of Arts
Natural & Environmental Sciences
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 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.
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:
Great Sand Dunes
Canyon de Chelly
Arches National Park