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B.A. in Anthropology

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B.A. in Anthropology

Heather Wholey


Program Overview

West Chester University’s Bachelor of Science in Anthropology program focuses on four main areas of study: archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, primatology, and museums studies. Our students are prepared for graduate education as well as for a range of careers where understanding and negotiating cultural diversity is key—from medicine and law to business and consulting. Most importantly, the anthropology program is dedicated to producing well-rounded graduates who are prepared to lead in an increasingly global society.




Anthropology is a holistic approach to human culture and behavior, merging sciences with humanities. The four main sub-fields of anthropology are

1) Archaeology

2) Biological anthropology

3) Cultural anthropology

4) Linguistics

Majors take core courses from each sub-discipline and have the option to 'cluster' their course work in any of the sub-disciplines.


Program Highlights

WCU’s award-winning anthropology faculty is dedicated to giving students exciting and diverse opportunities for hands-on learning such as: research, professional development and career-focused internships, hands-on curatorial work, archaeological and ethnographic field schools, and a range of exciting study abroad opportunities across the world—including our own research station in Rwanda.

  • Anthropology Teaching and Research Laboratory
  • Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Archaeological Field School
  • Ethnographic Field School
  • Archaeological and Ethnographic Research Collections
  • Primate Research Studies
  • Travel/Study/Research Abroad

What can I do with this degree?

Anthropology majors are prepared for graduate school, careers, and just about any other opportunity that comes their way. Some recent positions our graduates hold include:

• Archaeologist

• Associate Professor

• Conservationist

• Consumer Research

• Consultant

• Cultural Resources Manager

• Data Analysist

• Director of Social Services

• Field Technician

• Historic Preservationist

• Museum Archivist

• Museum Curator

• Museum Development Officer

• Park Ranger

• Project Manager

• Public Health

• Public Historian and Manager of Educational Programs

• Sociology Instructor

• Therapeutic Support Specialist

• User Experience Researcher

• U.S. Partnerships Manager

• Visual Storyteller

Graduates go on to work in both the non-profit and business sectors at a wide range of companies including:

• Albright College

• Delaware Museum of Natural History

• Delaware State Parks

• Elsevier

• Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, & Art

• Google

• Griswold Home Care

• National Foreign Language Center

• NHS Human Services

• RGA, Inc. Cultural Resource Consultants

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