Student sifting through excavated sediments in a hardware mesh screen to locate artifacts during an archaeological field methods course.


Anthropology straddles the social and natural sciences, humanities, and arts to examine who humans are and how we came to be from cross-cultural, linguistic, archaeological, and evolutionary perspectives.

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Anthropology at the University of Minnesota

Anthropology uniquely straddles the social and natural sciences, humanities, and arts. Anthropology majors in both the B.A. and B.S. degrees are expected to take courses in cultural, biological, archaeological, and linguistic anthropology. Through your coursework, you will gain invaluable insights and perspectives about people across many cultures and times and develop intensive research, interpretive, analytic, and writing skills. Studying topics such as globalization, evolution, politics, history, race, material culture, and cultural diversity will allow you to cultivate critical and comparative analytic expertise. Anthropology serves as a foundation for careers in healthcare, international affairs, media and publishing, communications, law, research science, business consulting, non-profits, cultural resource management, advocacy, museum curation, forensics, market research, and more.