Majors and Programs

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Anthropology

There are three key reasons why you should consider studying anthropology: First, the material is intellectually stimulating; second, it is global in scope; and third, it provides thinking skills and tools critical to problem-solving in the 21st century. As an anthropology major you will study past and present human behavior and what it means to be human. You will also deal with fascinating questions such as how people’s behavior changes over time, how people communicate and move about the globe, how people and cultures of distant places are different, how individuals and groups cooperate in distinct cultural contexts, and how the human species has evolved over millions of years. If you are planning on being an anthropologist, you will further specialize in one of the fields within the discipline: cultural, linguistic, biological anthropology, or archaeology. Iowa State offers courses that encourage you to pursue all these fields while you also explore other areas that put your studies in context: business, economics, foreign languages, forensics, human computer interaction, geographic information systems, history, political science, psychology, and sustainable agriculture. Because anthropology is a highly specialized field, you may consider graduate studies to pursue a career in university teaching, research, museums, nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, the government, or the corporate world.

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