Anthropology is the holistic study of humankind

Anthropologists are interested in understanding the world’s diverse cultures, their prehistory, the relationships between biology and culture, and the impact of language on our perceptions of the world.

The program in anthropology at WSU Vancouver emphasizes “public” anthropology, meaning that anthropology students are encouraged to share anthropological perspectives and insights with the public and use anthropological theories, methods and concepts to help solve contemporary problems and issues.

Multidisciplinary perspectives

Anthropology is multidisciplinary by nature, approaching human questions from historical, biological, linguistic and cultural perspectives. You are encouraged to take courses in each of anthropology’s four subdisciplines:

  • Archeology
  • Biological anthropology
  • Cultural and social anthropology
  • Linguistic anthropology

Training in anthropology can help you thrive in our increasingly global economy and ever-diversifying communities. It can also help you master participatory skills in management and decision-making.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from WSU Vancouver, you will:

  • Enhance your critical thinking skills.
  • Understand quantitative research and statistical models.
  • Understand scientific concepts, theories and methods and any relationships they have to cultural biases.
  • Be able to locate, assess and use appropriate information and present your work orally or in writing clearly to different audiences.
  • Appreciate human diversity at all levels.