Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts

If you’re interested in learning about cultures, societies and beliefs in the past and present–anthropology is an ideal field. A deep understanding of anthropology will prepare you for a meaningful career in academia, public health, international aid, public policy, medicine and more.

Program Overview

Investigate the history and culture of our ancestors.

Studying anthropology at Western Colorado University will allow you to build a broad geographical and temporal perspective of human biological and cultural adaptations. In the program, you’ll learn about pressing current issues like environmental well-being, cultural relations, social inequality and how our knowledge of the past informs our vision for the future.

As an Anthropology major, you’ll be required to obtain valuable hands-on experience through field school opportunities in places like Italy, India and Belize or locally in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. You can take advantage of the opportunity to get out into the field every semester on trips to explore famous sites including the Hopi Mesas, Great Sand Dunes, Canyon de Chelly and Arches National Park. To hone your professional skills, your professors will help you develop and present your research at professional conferences nationwide.

Exploring the past

Anthropology students build a broad geographical and temporal perspective of human biological and cultural adaptations.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Program Requirements

All standard majors require a minor in a second discipline or a second major.

A minimum of 38 credits is required:

ANTH 107Introduction to General Anthropology (GT-SS3)3
ANTH 218Physical Anthropology (with laboratory)4
ANTH 219Archaeology (with laboratory)4
ANTH 230Cultural Anthropology (with laboratory)4
ANTH 465Senior Research Seminar3
Anthropology Electives13
MATH 113Statistical Thinking (GT-MA1)3
Select one of the following field and laboratory courses:4
ANTH 322
Analysis of Material Culture (with laboratory)
ANTH 467
Ethnography Field School 1
ANTH 469
Archaeology Field School 1
Total Credits38

Capstone Course Requirement

The following course in the Anthropology Major fulfills the capstone course requirement: ANTH 465 Senior Research Seminar.

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate programs require a minimum of 120 semester credits for graduation.  Of those 120 credits, 40 credits must be in upper-division courses (those marked 300 and above).  Fifteen of these 40 upper-division credits must be earned in courses that are part of the standard or comprehensive major program being pursued. 

Students are expected to review all graduation requirements, which can be found in the Western Undergraduate Catalog: Graduation Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
ANTH 107 Introduction to General Anthropology (GT-SS3) 3
Gen Ed General Education (MATH) 3
ENG 102 Academic Writing (GT-CO1) 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area II) 4
HWTR 100 First Year Seminar 1
 Credits14
Spring
ANTH 218
or ANTH 230
Physical Anthropology (with laboratory)
or Cultural Anthropology (with laboratory)
4
COM 202 Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2) 3
Elective Elective, minor, or second major course 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area I) 3
 Credits13
Year Two
Fall
ANTH 219 Archaeology (with laboratory) 4
ANTH ANTH elective course 3
ANTH 369 Anthropology Field Trip (recommended) 3
Elective Elective, minor, or second major course 3
MATH 113 Statistical Thinking (GT-MA1) 3
 Credits16
Spring
ANTH ANTH elective course 3
ANTH 230
or ANTH 218
Cultural Anthropology (with laboratory)
or Physical Anthropology (with laboratory)
4
ANTH 369 Anthropology Field Trip (recommended) 3
Elective Elective, minor, or second major course 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area I) 3
 Credits16
Summer
ANTH 469
or ANTH 467
Archaeology Field School
or Ethnography Field School
4
 Credits4
Year Three
Fall
ANTH ANTH elective course 3
Elective Elective, minor, or second major course 6
Gen Ed General Education (Area II) 4
Gen Ed General Education (Area III) 3
 Credits16
Spring
ANTH ANTH elective 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area III) 3
Elective Elective, minor, or second major course 6
 Credits12
Year Four
Fall
ANTH ANTH elective 3
Gen Ed General Education (Area III) 3
Elective Elective, minor, or second major course 9
 Credits15
Spring
ANTH 465 Senior Research Seminar 3
Elective Elective, minor, or second major course 12
 Credits15
 Total Credits121
 Fall (even years)  Spring (odd years)
BIOL 130 Environmental Biology BIOL 135  Environmental Biology Lab BIOL 150 Biological Principles (with Lab) BIOL 151 Diversity and Patterns of Life (with Lab) BIOL 301 General Ecology BIOL 302 Ecology Lab and Recitation BIOL 310 Cell Biology BIOL 312 Genetics (with Recitation) BIOL 342 Microbiology (with Lab) BIOL 353 Rocky Mountain Flora BIOL 372 Human Anatomy & Physiology I - (with Lab) BIOL 430 Wildlife Ecology & Management (with Lab) BIOL 431 Wildlife Techniques Workshop BIOL 476 Aquatic Ecology (with Lab) BIOL 495 Senior Seminar BIOL 130 Environmental Biology BIOL 135 Environmental Biology Lab BIOL 150 Biological Principles (with Lab) BIOL 151 Diversity and Patterns of Life (with Lab) BIOL 300 Basic Nutrition BIOL 301 General Ecology BIOL 310 Cell Biology BIOL 312 Genetics (with Recitation) BIOL 313 Cell and Genetics Lab BIOL 320 Ornithology (with Recitation and Lab) BIOL 352 Botany (with Lab) BIOL 373 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (with Lab) BIOL 420 Molecular Biology (with Lab) BIOL 440 Conservation Biology BIOL 495 Senior Seminar
Fall (odd years) Spring (even years)
BIOL 130 Environmental Biology BIOL 135 Environmental Biology Lab BIOL 150 Biological Principles (with Lab) BIOL 151 Diversity and Patterns of Life (with Lab) BIOL 301 General Ecology BIOL 302 Ecology Lab and Recitation BIOL 310 Cell Biology BIOL 312 Genetics (with Recitation) BIOL 327 Field Entomology BIOL 342 Microbiology (with Lab) BIOL 362 Evolutionary Biology Theory & Application BIOL 372 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (with Lab) BIOL 444 Colorado Ecoregions BIOL 481 Forest Ecology (with Lab) BIOL 495 Senior Seminar BIOL 130 Environmental Biology BIOL 135 Environmental Biology Lab BIOL 150 Biological Principles (with Lab) BIOL 151 Diversity and Patterns of Life (with Lab) BIOL 300 Basic Nutrition BIOL 301 General Ecology BIOL 310 Cell Biology BIOL 312 Genetics (with Recitation) BIOL 313 Cell and Genetics Lab BIOL 322 Mammalogy (with Lab) BIOL 352 Botany (with Lab) BIOL 373 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (with Lab) BIOL 420 Molecular Biology (with Lab) BIOL 474 Comparative Animal Physiology (with Lab) BIOL 495 Senior Seminar

Careers

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Scholarships

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

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Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

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Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Description

The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Take your education beyond the classroom.

Get the hands-on learning experience you need to apply your knowledge and launch your career.

  • Backyard Laboratory: Tenderfoot (aka “W”) Mountain located 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.
  • Research: 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.

Hands-on history

Anthropology students participate in an excavation on Tenderfoot (aka “W”) Mountain located just one mile away from campus, which is home to structures dating to the Paleo Indian period—more than 10,000 years ago.

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Department Chairperson

Robin A. Bingham, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Administrative Assistant

Samantha Siegfried

Administrative Assistant for NES

Contact Information

970.943.2015

rbingham@western.edu

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Hurst Hall 128
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231