Rachel Caspari examines bone fragments with students in the anthropology laboratory.

Why study anthropology at CMU?

Anthropology is the study of people through time and space. Students in the Anthropology program will study archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, and applied anthropology to prepare for a variety of careers in this dynamic field.

Consider these key features distinguishing this program at CMU:

  • Fieldwork experiences and curriculum on societies throughout the world and research opportunities with experienced faculty
  • Study-abroad possibilities
  • Professional development through on-campus organizations such as The Anthropology Club
  • Faculty members who are active researchers, activists, consultants, community organizers, officers in professional organizations, and authors and editors of relevant publications
  • Small classes allowing for specific study and close interaction with instructors

Program curriculum

Students can major in Anthropology, to earn a bachelor’s degree, or pursue a minor. Students will complete a number of required and elective courses such as:

  • Cultures of Latin America
  • Cultures of the South Pacific
  • Field School in Archaeology
  • Laboratory in Physical Anthropology
  • Language and Culture
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Method and Theory in Archaeology
  • North American Indian Cultures
  • Primate Behavior
  • Principles of Forensic Anthropology

Career Options

Graduates of the Anthropology program at CMU will find career opportunities in a variety of areas. Some of these may require additional education.

Consulting: Anthropologists offer consulting services for a wide range of areas, such as historical research, forensic work for police agencies, and assessing health care services for cultural groups.

Cultural Resources Management: Anthropologists work with federal, state, and local organizations to survey and excavate historic and pre-historic sites.

Federal Agencies: Anthropologists work for many federal agencies, including the National Park Service, Agency for International Development, National Institutes of Health, and Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Local and International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs): Agencies such as the United Nations, World Health Organization, and World Bank all employ anthropologists.

Museums: Anthropologists employed by museums design exhibits, research collections, and perform administrative duties.

Teaching: Anthropologists working at colleges and universities teach in anthropology departments, medical schools, and international studies programs. 

>>Read the Anthropology Program Overview & Career Options

Program Advisors