Field MajorAnthropology

WSU's field major in anthropology lets you work toward your bachelor's degree in anthropology while combining studies from three separate departments. You'll benefit from a diverse range of courses, with opportunities for student-faculty research and internships in many different settings—opening doors to a wide variety of career paths.

Learn how anthropology is the right fit for you.

Anthropology students at a dig siteMatt Gush
Anthropology faculty facilitate a diverse range of applied learning opportunities for anthropology students, such as ongoing archaeological research in southern Kansas.

Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

To be admitted into the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you must first be admitted to Wichita State.

For WSU's admission requirements, and to apply, click the link below.

Inside the Program

Horse shoe nail found at the battle site of a 1601 Spanish and Native American battle in Kansas.

Anthropology student makes big discovery at ancient battle site

As an anthropology student you will have the opportunity to search for historic artifacts.

In 2017, student Mitchell Young discovered a horseshoe nail that was more than 400 years old.

 He made the discovery while working with professor Donald Blakeslee at the archaeological site of the long-lost city Etzanoa, the known location of a 1601 Spanish and Native American battle near Arkansas City, Kansas.


The anthropology field major consists of 18 credit hours. You'll start by learning the basics including biological and cultural anthropology—and archaeology—and then go on to more advanced courses in consultation with your anthropology advisor.


From the lab to the field, anthropologists are found working in diverse settings within the areas of education, government, public health, social services, foreign service, museums, law enforcement and more.

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WSU student and professor work to excavate a mammoth tusk discovered in Cunningham, Kansas