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Image of two GVSU Anthropology students on a historical site.

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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Available as a minor.

Program Overview

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

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

A certificate in applied anthropology is also available to degree-seeking students.

Why Study Anthropology at Grand Valley?

  • The anthropology program regularly sponsors locally based field schools in archaeology and cultural anthropology.
  • Opportunities for fieldwork and abroad are available with faculty.
  • Postfield independent research opportunities are available through the anthropology lab.
  • The Anthropology Club offers a community for students interested in anthropology and for organizing cultural and educational events.
  • The department awards scholarships and offers membership in the national anthropology honor society, Lambda Alpha.
  • The anthropology department has outstanding faculty. Please visit to meet them.
  • A certificate in applied anthropology teaches students marketable skills.
  • Business Insider notes anthropologists are hired by such companies as Microsoft and Google for "cultural expertise".

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


Core coursework includes the following:

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

Career Options

Anthropologists enjoy a variety of career options, including working with:

  • Archaeology agencies
  • Consumer groups
  • Developing countries
  • Environmental groups
  • International agencies
  • Law firms
  • Minority and women's groups
  • Museums

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Skills Employers Want

The B.A. or B.S. in Anthropology at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual accounting job postings.

  • Historic Preservation
  • Random Testing
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Cultural Geography
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Surveying

Source: EMSI, 2020

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

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

Admissions Office


“We have expanded the program to give students hands-on experience working in the local community and in countries around the world. Students come to GVSU specifically for the anthropology program.”