Program Overview

West Chester University’s Bachelor of Science in Anthropology program focuses on four main areas of study: archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, primatology, and museums studies. Our students are prepared for graduate education as well as for a range of careers where understanding and negotiating cultural diversity is key—from medicine and law to business and consulting. Most importantly, the anthropology program is dedicated to producing well-rounded graduates who are prepared to lead in an increasingly global society.




Anthropology is a holistic approach to human culture and behavior, merging sciences with humanities. The four main sub-fields of anthropology are

1) Archaeology

2) Biological anthropology

3) Cultural anthropology

4) Linguistics

Majors take core courses from each sub-discipline and have the option to 'cluster' their course work in any of the sub-disciplines.


Program Highlights

WCU’s award-winning anthropology faculty is dedicated to giving students exciting and diverse opportunities for hands-on learning such as: research, professional development and career-focused internships, hands-on curatorial work, archaeological and ethnographic field schools, and a range of exciting study abroad opportunities across the world—including our own research station in Rwanda.

  • Anthropology Teaching and Research Laboratory
  • Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Archaeological Field School
  • Ethnographic Field School
  • Archaeological and Ethnographic Research Collections
  • Primate Research Studies
  • Travel/Study/Research Abroad

What can I do with this degree?

Anthropology majors are prepared for graduate school, careers, and just about any other opportunity that comes their way. Some recent positions our graduates hold include:

  • Archaeologist
  • Associate Professor
  • Conservationist
  • Consumer Research
  • Consultant
  • Cultural Resources Manager
  • Data Analysist
  • Director of Social Services
  • Field Technician
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Museum Archivist
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Development Officer
  • Park Ranger
  • Project Manager
  • Public Health
  • Public Historian and Manager of Educational Programs
  • Sociology Instructor
  • Therapeutic Support Specialist
  • User Experience Researcher
  • U.S. Partnerships Manager
  • Visual Storyteller

Graduates go on to work in both the non-profit and business sectors at a wide range of companies including:

  • Albright College
  • Delaware Museum of Natural History
  • Delaware State Parks
  • Elsevier
  • Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, & Art
  • Google
  • Griswold Home Care
  • National Foreign Language Center
  • NHS Human Services
  • RGA, Inc. Cultural Resource Consultants

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