Programs & Degrees

Department at a Glance   |   GVSU Catalog Description

Anthropology is the study and understanding of humans in all places and throughout time, including the effects of culture on individuals and of individuals on their society. Anthropology offers a perspective for critically analyzing culture and prepares students for multicultural career settings in the United States and abroad. An anthropology major and minor are available.

The wide scope and holistic nature of anthropology mean that students should have opportunities to experience three kinds of coursework: (1) courses concerned with the discipline; (2) courses specializing in  a subdiscipline of anthropology; and (3) courses in disciplines related to anthropology.  

Field Schools, Internships, and Research Opportunities

The anthropology program regularly sponsors field schools in archaeology and cultural anthropology.  These programs are locally based and accessible to commuters as well as on campus students.  Local and international internships are available. Occasional opportunities for out-of-country fieldwork are also available.  Post-field independent research opportunities are available through the Anthropology Lab, which houses a collection of over 200,000 artifacts fro over 100 sites.  Students interested in fieldwork should contact the department.