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Anthropology is the documenting of the diverse ways humans live.

At JMU, anthropology majors review many different factors to uncover the answers to these deep questions. The examination of artifacts, beliefs and values helps anthropologists to obtain specific clues about human life. In order to gather information about beliefs and values, anthropologists often work directly with the people who they are studying.

This fascinating, hands-on field offers a lifetime of learning experiences and remarkably flexible career options.

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"Four field” training in archaeology, cultural, biological and linguistic anthropology

The major is a part of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, an academic unit within the College of Arts and Letters.

The anthropology program at JMU is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the discipline illustrating the topics and issues of the modern world that are addressed by its four sub-fields: cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archeology and linguistics. Building from a general program, students can choose to concentrate in the theory and practice of any of the subfields except linguistics.

The program is strongly practice-oriented and encourages students to participate in internships, field schools, independent studies, and special topics that allow them to broaden their anthropological awareness. All of the faculty are actively involved in significant research within their chosen areas of study. This scholarship is not only reflected in courses that are current and informed by practical experience, but also in a wide range of opportunities for students to be mentored by faculty in collaborative research projects.

Anthropology
  • Degrees Offered: 
    • B.A.
    • B.S.
  • Concentrations:
    • Archeology
    • Biological Anthropology
    • Cultural Anthropology
  • Minors:
    • Anthropology
    • Historical Archeology

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare anthropology as their major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Current students wishing to declare or change a major, minor or pre-professional program must complete a request through MyMadison. Additional department specific information will be available when that academic plan is selected.  Follow all directions and steps necessary to execute your request.  Once all necessary steps are completed, the department will either approve or deny your request or contact you for additional information.

For additional assistance making this request, view the Change/Declare a Major/Minor tutorial in MyMadison or on the tutorials website.

Progressing in the Major

Students must receive at least a "C-" grade in a course to have it count toward the anthropology major.

Remain in good academic standing with at least a cumulative GPA of 2.00.


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