BS Anthropology


Are you torn between studying history or biology? You can explore both while learning about human origins, ancient cultures and what it means to be human. Obtain in-depth knowledge of human evolution, adaptability and behavior, and you'll have an edge when pursuing your chosen career.

Program Description

A BS program in anthropology provides training in data analysis and research design within the context of human evolution, archaeology and the wider field of anthropology.

In this degree program, students learn how to use the scientific method to formulate and test hypotheses and how to gather qualitative and quantitative data through participant observation, interviewing, careful excavation and measurement. They also learn how to employ statistics to analyze and extract meaning from data. But this is not just a technical degree. Rather, through broad anthropological coursework the student learns how to ask important questions about the human species.

A special feature of the ASU anthropology program is its relevance to other disciplines and many exciting hands-on learning opportunities in laboratories, study abroad experiences and field-based courses. The student learns to think like an anthropologist, to appreciate humanity's place in nature and the long history of human societal change that brought us to where we are today.

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 BA in anthropology or the Bachelor of Arts in global health but 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: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 251 - Calculus for Life Sciences
  • Math Intensity: Moderate program math intensity moderate




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: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.



Change of Major Requirements

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

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu 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

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 large amounts of data. As the many spheres of human interaction expand globally, people trained in scientific modes of anthropology increasingly are sought for the combination of their broad, holistic knowledge and perspective and their technical skills.

Some career opportunities include:

  • analyzing and proposing policies
  • conducting postgraduate academic research
  • consulting for large and small private and public organizations
  • curating cultural resources
  • directing nonprofit organizations
  • directing programs in the private or public sector
  • forensics
  • genetics and other laboratory-based positions
  • managing cultural resources in public and private sectors
  • modeling infectious diseases
  • providing health care as nurses, doctors, or public health professionals
  • teaching

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:

Anthropologist/Archeologist


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

Anthropology Professor


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

Compliance Manager


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
Green Occupation

Investment Fund Manager


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

Regulatory Affairs Manager


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
Green Occupation

Sociologist


  • 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. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu



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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