What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of human beings over time and space. As a discipline, anthropology studies and celebrates human diversity. At the same time, it reminds us that despite our different cultures, we are all members of the human family. We share a common nature and a common destiny. It sets itself apart from other social sciences in its aspiration to understand all aspects of humankind.

Careers in Anthropology

Our students find employment in a wide array of careers including: public relations and advertising, local, national or international non-profit organizations, contract archaeology, businesses, industry research and development, retailing corporations, policy research, local, federal and state government agencies, cultural resource management, marketing research, museums and public history organizations, laboratory research, and social services.

Anthropology Association

The Anthropology Association meets regularly throughout the year and plans social events, outreach, and community service opportunities. You can connect with Anthropology Association on Facebook, NDSU Anthropology Association , and/or on Instagram @Ndsu_anthropology_association .

Why choose Anthropology?

Whether you decide to major or minor in Anthropology, the discipline offers a variety of different careers and useful skills. In the anthropology program, students have the opportunity to explore the various subdisciplines of anthropology including archaeology, cultural anthropology and sociolinguistics, and physical anthropology with a thematic focus on human heritage. At NDSU, our focal geographical areas are Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, North Africa, North America, and Oceania with other areas of the world represented throughout the curriculum. Our primary concern across subdisciplines and geographical areas is with human heritage - material and intangible, past, present and future.

Major Requirements

Anthropology Core Requirements  (Grade of ā€œCā€ or better required)

SOC 110

Introduction to Sociology (May satisfy general education category B) 


ANTH 111

Introduction to Anthropology (May satisfy general education category B and D) 


ANTH 204

Archaeology and Prehistory 


ANTH 205

Human Origins 


ANTH 206

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Peoples of the World


ANTH 470

Theory in Archaeology 


or ANTH 480

Development of Anthropological Theory

ANTH 471

Archaeological Research Methods 


or ANTH 481

Ethnographic Research Methods

ANTH 489

Senior Capstone In Anthropology 


Major Electives 300-400 Level:






Required Courses
ANTH 111Introduction to Anthropology3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3

Electives: Select two of the following:
ANTH 204Archaeology and Prehistory
ANTH 205Human Origins
ANTH 206Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Peoples of the World

Additional Electives:
Two anthropology courses at the 300-400 level6

Total Credits


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