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Watch the past come to life as you explore ruins and analyze artifacts. You’ll learn the origins of societies and understand how humans have interacted with themselves and nature for centuries, shaping how we live today.

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Anthropologists rank No. 5 in Best Science Jobs (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)


What is Anthropology at WVU like?


Anthropology allows you to reach out and touch history. Through exploration of ruins and the analysis of artifacts, the past comes to life. You will examine the origins and evolution, biological characteristics, material culture, social dimensions and dynamics of humankind. Learn the origins of societies and understand how humans have interacted with themselves and nature for centuries, shaping how we live today.

Delve deeply into the study of humans both past and present as an anthropology major. Anthropology, a field of inquiry considered the most humanistic of the social sciences and the most scientific of the humanities, is a deeply comparative and participatory discipline that prepares you for meaningful life and work in our diverse and interconnected world.

The curriculum fosters an awareness of the structure and diversity of human societies, past and present, and offers a broad range of perspectives on the experiences and meanings of being human. You will be exposed to the methods of inquiry and to the special knowledge and insights of anthropology.

Anthropology program highlights:

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Common careers for Anthropology graduates include working as archaeologists, curators and field technicians, as well as other positions in government, healthcare, historic preservation, law and nonprofit organizations.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Anthropology major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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What are the courses like in Anthropology at WVU?

Plan of Study

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Popular Courses

SOCA 254:
Cultural Anthropology

Introduction to the history, methods, and current directions of cultural anthropology. Focus on living cultures across the world, encompassing the whole range of human activities. Consideration of identity, economy, politics, kinship, meaning, language, and inequality.

SOCA 354:
Mesoamerican Archaeology

Overview of the diverse environments, social organizations, and lives of people in prehispanic cultures; from early food foragers through the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, and Aztec. Explores how we understand and apply the Mesoamerican past.

SOCA 355:
Cultural Resource Management

Overview and evaluation of government-sponsored preservation and study of archaeological and historical resources in the U.S., emphasizing West Virginia. Considers attitudes/relationships between participants including descendant communities, looters, public and private sectors.

SOCA 357:
Archaeological Field School

(May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours if different field schools.) Practical experience with the recovery and scientific study of archaeological remains. Emphasizes site survey, excavation, and laboratory techniques.

SOCA 450:
Archaeology of Ancient States

Using case studies such as ancient Sumer, Egypt, Indus, China, Mesoamerica, the Andes, and North America, this course surveys the theories and debunks the myths surrounding the emergence (and collapse) of cities and complex societies.

SOCA 458:
Environmental Anthropology

Critical ethnographic analysis of environmental problems, activism, and potential solutions, including issues related to biodiversity conservation, sustainability, natural disasters, industrial contamination, environmental knowledge, risk perception, and nature/culture dynamics among Western and non-Western peoples.

Cost and Aid

How much does Anthropology at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $417
Per Semester $5,004
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,008
Per Credit $1,133
Per Semester $13,596
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,192
Per Credit $1,133
Per Semester $13,896
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,792
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Anthropology has transfer articulation agreements with:

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What are the requirements to apply for Anthropology at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Anthropology major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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