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Anthropology is the study of human beings over time and space. It seeks to understand humans by exploring the differences and similarities between humans and the human experience in all parts of the world and throughout humanity’s existence.

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The Mission

The mission of the anthropology major and minor degrees is twofold: (1) the promotion of cross-cultural and international understanding and (2) the advancement of knowledge about the human condition. Across subdisciplines and geographical areas, we take a cultural approach to understanding human variation, past, present and future. Our mission goals are met by way of teaching, research and service to the university, state, region and profession of anthropology.


The anthropology program has three faculty members with varying research interests and areas of specialization. The anthropology faculty provide expertise in gender, race, indigeneity, postcolonial studies, the African Diaspora, household and landscape archaeology, medical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and human rights across cultures. They employ GIS, ethnohistoric, and ethnographic methods. They cover regional studies in North America, the Caribbean, and South Asia.

The research efforts of the anthropology faculty are constantly integrated with the teaching process to bring new information and approaches to the classroom. This integration makes the classroom experience of majors and graduate students vibrant and dynamic. Faculty research activities also can provide students with valuable pre-professional experience as research assistants.


Students can pursue opportunities to work in the Archaeology Materials Lab as part of their course work, or in some cases, as paid research assistants. Materials from archaeological field studies are processed and analyzed in the lab. Students may also work with GIS data as part of Archaeological research projects.

Field Schools/Internships

The department encourages students to pursue field school opportunities where they can gain hands-on experience in archaeology or cultural anthropology while also earning course credit. Faculty periodically offer archaeological field schools in North American and the Caribbean. In addition, faculty advise students on selecting other field experiences abroad and nationally. In recent years students have completed field experiences in Wisconsin, Jamaica, Ireland, Greece, Mexico, and Poland. Faculty work with students on internship opportunities as pre-professional experience and have placed students in internships with numerous businesses, heritage organizations, and museum institutions.

Career Opportunities

As with other fields of study that form the core of a solid liberal arts education, anthropology prepares students for many life and career challenges. An undergraduate degree in anthropology prepares students to think critically and analytically. It fosters a deep appreciation and understanding of cultural diversity and cross-cultural relations. Common areas of employment include advertising and public relations, community development, contract archaeology, corporate business and industry, cultural resource management, government agencies, non-profit organizations, policy research, and social services. For more information on anthropology employment, refer to the North Dakota State University Anthropology website located at or visit the American Anthropological Association website at

The Curriculum

The course requirements in anthropology are designed to provide students with a solid grounding in the discipline as a whole and training in research and analysis methods. The curriculum covers the multiple subdisciplines in anthropology. Anthropology faculty advisors work very closely with students on the specific plan of study that best suits their needs and interests.

Anthropology Club

The Anthropology Club is a student directed organization with sponsorship and advising provided by the anthropology faculty. The club provides a forum for learning more about anthropology and related careers, engaging in community service and for interacting with students with different interests, levels of experience and education in anthropology.

Major/Minor Requirements

The 37-credit major includes ANTH 111, SOC 110, two courses at the 200-Level; a theory course and a methods course; two of the following: ANTH 204, 205, 206; 18 credit hours of 300-400 level anthropology courses; and ANTH 489 Senior Capstone.

The 18-credit minor includes ANTH 111; SOC 110; two of the following: ANTH 204, 205, 206; and two additional anthropology courses from the 300 or 400 level offerings.

Anthropology Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

Sample Curriculum


General Education Requirements




       COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking


       ENGL 110 College Composition I


       ENGL 120 College Composition II


       Upper Division Writing


Quantitative Reasoning


Science & Technology


Humanities & Fine Arts


Social & Behavioral Sciences




Cultural Diversity


Global Perspective




College/Department Requirements


Humanities Elective


Social Science Elective


Fine Arts Elective




Major Requirements


Anthropology Core Requirements:


       SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology


       ANTH 111 Introduction to Anthropology


200 Level Core: Select two of the following:


       ANTH 204 Archaeology and Prehistory


       ANTH 205 Human Origins


       ANTH 206 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Peoples of the World




       ANTH 470 Analysis and Interpretation in Archaeology

       or ANTH 480 Development of Anthropology




       ANTH 471 Archaeological Research Methods

       or ANTH 481 Qualitative Methods in Cultural Anthropology


Senior Capstone:


       ANTH 489 Senior Capstone in Anthropology


Major Electives 300-400 Level:


       Other courses may qualify to substitute for the 300-400 level courses.        Substitutions must be approved by the adviser and department chairperson prior to

       course enrollment. These include internships, field schools, archaeology lab credits, etc.




Electives needed to reach 120 credits for degree


Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate


View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at:

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Contact Information

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
North Dakota State University
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Tel: (701) 231-8657 / Fax: (701) 231-5118

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