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Anthropology B.A., B.S.

Anthropology is the study and understanding of humans throughout time, including the effects of culture on individuals and of individuals on their society.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.
Available as a minor.

Program Overview

The anthropology program is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students can major in anthropology or they can combine the study of anthropology with other majors or minors. The following anthropology degrees are offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

A certificate in applied anthropology is also available. You may also choose to minor in archaeology or anthropology.

Why Study Anthropology at Grand Valley?

  • Anthropological perspectives provide students with unique abilities to contribute to standard job skills such as: diversity sensitivity, management, interviewing techniques, research/program design, statistical/survey techniques, teaching/training, and communication.
  • Business Insider notes anthropologists are hired by such companies as Microsoft and Google for "cultural expertise."
  • Participate in program-sponsored, locally based field schools in archaeology and cultural anthropology. Explore opportunities for fieldwork and study abroad with faculty.
  • Postfield independent research is conducted through the anthropology lab.
  • Scholarship awards and membership opportunities in Lambda Alpha, the national anthropology honor society.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

Classes for the program are a combination of online and in-seat on the Allendale Campus.



Core coursework includes the following:

  • Archaeology
  • Anthropological theory
  • Bioanthropology
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Human origins
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Practicing anthropology

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Department of Anthropology
231 Lake Michigan Hall
(616) 331-2325

Admissions and Recruitment Office