Bachelor of Science in Anthropology

Undergraduate

Anthropology investigates issues such as human evolution, origins of civilization, gender, ethnic relations, social institutions, medical anthropology, and the impact of the modern world on human societies everywhere.

In today’s global era, anthropology is increasingly relevant as we seek to explore and explain differences and similarities among the world's cultures. Research, teaching, and service are the foundations of the Department of Anthropology at Washington University. The department is comprised of world-class scholars whose research interests represent three subfields of the discipline: sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology.

  • Sociocultural anthropology is a good foundation for careers with an international focus, and those such as education, medicine, and business, which require an understanding of human cultural behavior.
  • Biological anthropology provides background for work in zoology, conservation, and public health venues.
  • Archaeological anthropology is particularly useful for historical and cultural approaches to institutions.

required course work

Required Courses: 6 units

All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Requirements specific to the B.S. in Anthropology include at least 6 credit units from the introductory Anthropology sequence:

  • Introduction to Human Evolution (U69-150)
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (U69-160)
  • Introduction to Archaeology (U69-190)
Departmental Course Work: 15 units

Must include 12 advanced units.

Social Sciences Course Work: 12 units

Must include 3 advanced units.

Anthropology majors are encouraged to also take a range of courses in the humanities and the natural sciences.

application requirements

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

Official transcripts from all previous college work

Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.

Personal statement

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application?

TOEFL scores (if applicable)

If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.

Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.

$35 application fee

You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. 

This fee is waived for all WashU staff.

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