- Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (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.
Program Offerings at Grand Valley
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.)
Core coursework includes the following:
- Anthropological theory
- Cultural anthropology
- Human origins
- Practicing anthropology
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
Why Study Anthropology at Grand Valley?
- The anthropology program regularly sponsors locally based field schools in archaeology and cultural anthropology.
- Opportunities for fieldwork 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 GVSU chapter of the National Scholastic anthropology fraternity is also available for interested students.
- The anthropology department has outstanding faculty. Please visit www.gvsu.edu/anthropology to meet them.
- According to the 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of anthropologists and archaeologists is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020. More anthropologists will be needed to research human life, history, and culture, and apply that knowledge to current issues.
For More Information
Department of Anthropology
“My courses focus on the question we all ask, 'Who am I?' Courses like Human Origins look into the past, seeing how individuals and families fit into our world today. Courses such as Death, Burial, and Culture teach us about ourselves and those with whom we share our planet.”
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