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Anthropology Program

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An anthropology degree allows students to study humankind, from the earliest origins of civilization to the present. Students pursuing an anthropology degree tend to focus their studies and research on one of the four sub-disciplines associated with the field: sociocultural, linguistic, archaeology, and bioanthropology. All majors are required to take at least one elective in each of these categories.

The Anthropology Program at WCU offers a B.A. and a B.S. in anthropology, along with four possible concentrations:

  • Archaeological Practice
  • Archaeological Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Forensic Anthropology

**Note: Requirements for the concentrations are listed within the ANTH B.A. and B.S. majors.

Additionally, there a three options for a minor within the program: Anthropology Minor, Forensic Anthropology Minor and a Minor in Cherokee Studies.

Students in WCU's Anthropology Program develop skills in writing and critical analysis from a cross-cultural and historical perspective. Courses address contemporary methods and theories and are grounded in regional social science literature, particularly those focused on Africa, Latin America and Native North America. All of our upper-division classes (and most of our lower-division classes) use essay-based tests that draw on material from scholarly texts.
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Anthropology Clubs & Organizations

Anthropology Club

The Anthropology Club provides activities and cultural learning experiences for WCU students and anyone in the surrounding community interested in any of the four subfields of anthropology.

For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. Jane Eastman at

Lambda Alpha at WCU

Lambda Alpha is the honor society for Anthropology and members are invited to participate. For more information, contact faculty advisor Dr. Ted Coyle at
More information about Lambda Alpha

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