BA Anthropology

Are you intrigued by human behavior, world travel and foreign cultures? An anthropology degree gives you the tools to better understand human interactions and find jobs in museums, government agencies and the corporate world, where your expertise will help find solutions to today's most pressing issues.

Program Description

Anthropology is the study of human cultural and biological diversity.

This degree is for doers --- those willing to get involved and help make the world a better place. In core and elective courses, the BA program in anthropology allows students to explore problems facing the contemporary world and to suggest solutions to those problems based on a broad understanding of what it means to be human. Working alongside top faculty in ASU research labs, students gain first-hand experience with research design through the apprenticeship program. Students also are offered ample opportunities for international experiences through study abroad programs and field schools. Students learn to think like an anthropologist, to bring a cautious and nuanced view of human interaction that employers value greatly.

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change values interdisciplinarity and also offers a traditional, four-field training with faculty specialties in archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, evolutionary anthropology and linguistics.

Students enrolled in this program may not pursue a concurrent degree with the BS in anthropology or the Bachelor of Arts in global health, but they may add a minor in global health to complement the core curriculum.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

Graduates have the knowledge and skills they need to find jobs in fields where understanding complex human behavior is important. Anthropologists work in public, nonprofit and consulting roles and in private business where their knowledge of human interactions is critical for success.

The demand in the job market for people with an anthropology background is stimulated by a growing need for researchers and analysts with keen thinking skills who can manage, evaluate and interpret complex problems and work effectively across cultures and languages. As the many spheres of human interaction expand globally, people trained in anthropology are increasingly sought for their broad, holistic knowledge and perspectives, the hallmarks of anthropology.

Career opportunities include:

  • acting as legal advocates for displaced communities like refugees in international cases
  • analyzing and proposing policies
  • conducting postgraduate academic research or teaching
  • consulting for private and public organizations
  • curating cultural resources
  • health system administration or health care professionals
  • directing nonprofit organizations
  • directing programs in the private or public sector
  • managing culture or heritage resources in private or public sectors
  • planning pandemic and other disaster response

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


  • Growth: 5.2%
  • Median Salary*: $66,130
  Bright Outlook

Anthropology Professor

  • Growth: 4.4%
  • Median Salary*: $89,220


  • Growth: 7.9%
  • Median Salary*: $56,760
  Bright Outlook

Compliance Manager

  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
Green Occupation

Cultural Studies Professor

  • Growth: 4.9%
  • Median Salary*: $78,840
  Bright Outlook

Investment Fund Manager

  • Growth: 15.5%
  • Median Salary*: $134,180
  Bright Outlook

Museum Curator

  • Growth: 12.6%
  • Median Salary*: $56,990
  Bright Outlook

Museum Exhibit Designer

  • Growth: 11.6%
  • Median Salary*: $45,710
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 3.6%
  • Median Salary*: $86,110

Sociology Professor

  • Growth: 3.8%
  • Median Salary*: $75,610

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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