Anthropology Department

Programs & Degrees

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.

Requirements for a Major or Minor in Anthropology

Requirements for a Minor in Archaeology

 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.  

Cultural Anthropology:

ANT 311 Native Peoples of North America
ANT 315 Comparative Religions
ANT 330 Ethnology of Selected World Areas
ANT 345 Perspectives on Globalization
ANT 346 Kinship and Culture (elective for B.S. only)
ANT 355 Migration in the Americas
ANT 360 Ethnology of Mesoamerica
ANT 370 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender


ANT 325 Archaeology of North America
ANT 347 Environments and Cultures of the Great Lakes Region
ANT 350 Archaeology of Mid-East


ANT 310 Perspectives in Bioanthropology (elective for B.A. only)
ANT 316 Death, Burial, and Culture
ANT 320 Culture and Disease
ANT 340 Culture and Environment

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.

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