Our BA in anthropology takes a holistic approach to the study of human physical and cultural difference across time and space. An interdisciplinary field, anthropology draws on expertise from across the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences at DU. 

Through courses centered around social change, human rights, environmental issues, material culture, technology, science and more, you'll gain an understanding of the diversity of human thought and behavior while developing practical research skills. You can garner distinction in the major by specializing in one of its core areas of study: archaeology, cultural anthropology, and museum and heritage studies. 

Faculty across the department are committed to hands-on, experiential learning that goes beyond the classroom and into the laboratory, museum, gallery and field settings. DU's own Museum of Anthropology serves as a public-facing, community-engaged space for you to gain real-world experience. 

In our labs and museums you can hone professional skills — from interviewing, surveying and photography to conservation, exhibition design and project management.

Graduates go on to pursue careers in research, cultural heritage management, museum work, public health, environmental conservation, education, foreign policy, and human rights and advocacy.

Anthropology at DU Provides:

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    Commitment to an engaged, community-oriented study of anthropology that prepares students to meet the challenges of cultural work in contemporary society

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    Access to diverse cultural and natural heritages in one of the oldest programs in the Rocky Mountain West

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    Hands-on experience in DU's own Museum of Anthropology, Archaeology Lab and Ethnology Lab

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    Networking and community-building opportunities with faculty field projects and Denver's museums and cultural institutions

Degree Requirements

  • To major in Anthropology, you must complete 44 credits. These include six Anthropology Foundations classes, 12 credits in 3000-level courses, and eight elective credits in the 2000/3000 level.
  • For distinction in the major, you must complete an honors thesis.
  • For the secondary major, you must complete 44 credit hours. 
  • For the minor, you must complete 20 credit hours.  

See the DU Undergraduate Bulletin for full course requirements. 


DU's Anthropology program puts culture, community and collaboration at your fingertips.

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