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Anthropology B.A. or B.S.

  • A student brushes off a fossil

    Anthropology B.A. or B.S.

    Immerse yourself in the distinct and diverse populations and environments of the Arctic North while studying at the University of Alaska Anchorage, one of very few schools in the U.S. with an applied degree program in anthropology.

Explore the anthropology bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

With a focus on the southern half of Alaska, including the Aleutians, UAA’s anthropology undergraduate degree program provides unique perspectives on the human experience, including history, culture and language.

Anthropology scholarships and financial aid
You may qualify for program scholarships such as the Kibrik & Bergelson Student Scholarship, the Kibrik & Bergelson Study or Research in Russia Scholarship or the Michael Baring-Gould Scholarship. You may also qualify for general university scholarships or awards from private funders, such as the Alaska Anthropological Association.

Various class locations
You can take UAA anthropology classes on campus in Anchorage or at Kenai Peninsula College. Some online classes are also available, providing more flexible options for earning your bachelor’s degree in anthropology.

Academic advising
Stay focused on earning your undergraduate degree with help from the College of Arts and Sciences’ academic advisor, who will work with you to develop a plan, transfer credits and answer questions to ensure you fulfill degree program requirements and graduate on time.

Advanced facilities and workspaces
In addition to UAA’s libraries, computer labs and cultural centers, you will have access to these dedicated labs in the anthropology department:

  • Archaeology Wet and Dry Labs
  • The Bioanthropology Lab
  • The Cultural Resource Management Lab, with a zooarchaeological comparative faunal collection
  • The GIS and Cultural Research Lab, with a computer lab and interview space
  • The Anthropology Laboratory for Cultural and Environmental Scanning, with the 3-D modeling lab

Anthropology Club
Open to anyone, the Anthropology Club at the University of Alaska Anchorage hosts guest speakers on topics in the field as well as a variety of student activities and events, from movie nights to Archaeology Day.

Anthropology B.A. or B.S.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus, Kenai Peninsula College

Other program options: Minor in anthropology

Did you know..

Jobs for anthropology majors are growing! According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, anthropology and archaeology jobs are projected to increase 9 percent in Alaska and 19 percent in the U.S.

What can you do with an anthropology degree from UAA?

Future possibilities for anthropology majors vary widely. Attend graduate school at the University of Alaska Anchorage or in the Lower 48, or join the growing workforce in an anthropology-related field.

Anthropology graduate programs
If you’re interested in working in one of the four sub-fields of anthropology — sociocultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology and anthropological linguistics — you may be interested in the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Master of Arts in Anthropology degree program.

Anthropology careers
Build your future in archaeology, bioanthropology and cultural anthropology while working with federal or state government agencies, Alaska Native corporations, museums or private businesses. With a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, you may qualify for a variety of jobs such as:

  • Tribal liaison
  • Subsistence studies researcher
  • Environmental impact studies manager
  • Cultural resource compliance director
  • Linguistic revitalization program coordinator

By the numbers..

$69k
The median wage for an anthropologist.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Anthropology bachelor’s degree program highlights

Extensive resources and experiences in the classroom and the field facilitate the anthropology department’s focus on applied learning.

  • Study and work alongside diverse faculty with wide-ranging expertise and interests. Their specialties are especially related to the surrounding polar, coastal and rural regions, including archaeological excavations, applied medicine, Alaska Native studies, language use and identity, cultural resource management, biological anthropology, applied sociocultural and policy research, behavioral health, historical and industrial archaeology, gender relations and medieval Scandinavia.
  • Conduct applied research as an undergraduate student working on faculty projects or independent studies. In the past, anthropology majors have documented archaeological collections, interviewed people, excavated human remains, mapped buildings, drawn archaeological sites and more.
  • Graduate with honors. Fulfill GPA and Honors College requirements and complete a senior thesis project with lab, field or library research to qualify.
  • Work with anthropology professionals in a practicum on campus or an internship in the community. You can earn course credit while gaining practical experience with federal and state agencies, Alaska Native corporations, private contractors, local service providers and professionals in anthropology-related fields.
Students examining a rock

The Anchorage Museum’s branch of the federal research and education program explores people, culture, history and archaeology in the region and offers internships for anthropology majors to gain hands-on job experience.

Ancient carvings on a cave wall

Led by professional Alaskan archaeologists, UAA’s annual Archaeology Day is a free event featuring displays and activities for students and adults. Make stone artwork or petroglyphs, uncover artifacts in a mock dig, practice using a Native hunting tool and more.

Archaeology Day

Anthropology bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Build a foundation of knowledge and skills by exploring courses in the four subfields of anthropology: sociocultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology and anthropological linguistics. Then choose from a range of courses in ethnographic, topical or theoretical areas.

What’s the difference between the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs in anthropology?

All anthropology majors take either Probability and Statistics or Applied Statistics for the Sciences. The BA degree program also offers the option of taking Elementary Statistics.

Top classes for anthropology majors

  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Explore indigenous research methods in Alaska Native Studies’ cross-cultural Decolonizing Methodologies course
  • Arctic and Subarctic Peoples