Bachelor of Science in Anthropology

UNDERGRADUATE 

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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.
Admission Requirements
6 Units Of Transferable College-level Course Work
  • At least six units of transferable college-level course work; or 
  • at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion, General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE).
2.7 Minimum GPA

Note: University College is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office: admissions.wustl.edu.

Application Requirements

Below is a list of requirements for an application to the undergraduate degree in Anthropology. Applications will be reviewed once all requirements are received.

Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. An application is incomplete and will not be reviewed until all of the application requirements have been received or processed. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

  • Fall 2022: July 31, 2022
  • Spring 2023: Dec. 31, 2022
  • Summer 2023: April 30, 2023
Completed Application Form

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

Transcripts

Official (issued directly from the college or Wash U) or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than six units of transferable credit or University College course work, then proof of high school completion, General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE) must be submitted. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to ucollege@wustl.edu. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at paagnew@wustl.edu.

Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, you must use this form

Personal Essay

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? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?

TOEFL/IELTS Scores (if applicable)

All international students are required to submit TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL iBT and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:

  • Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
  • Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.

This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.

If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are then required for admission. 

Changes to the English Language Proficiency Requirements (2022–23)
Effective March 23, 2022, if an applicant is unable to take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS, they may document their efforts to take the tests, contact University College Admissions, and request the Duolingo, TOEFL ITP Plus for China, or TOEFL iBT Home Edition as exceptions. 

For international student application deadlines and fees, please click HERE.

Additional TOEFL and IELTS information for international students adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on University College’s International Student Information webpage.

Enrolling in University College

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1. Meet with an Advisor
2. Start Your Application
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3. Plan Ahead

Take a course today. Apply later.

At University College, students can take courses without applying to a degree program. If you are interested in taking a class to get to know University College, to fulfill credits, for professional development, or to follow a passion, the non-degree option is for you. Learn more.

Course Work

REQUIRED COURSES: 6 UNITS

All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Requirements specific to the BS 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.

Sample Courses

INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN EVOLUTION (U69 150)

INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (U69 160)

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY (U69 190)

ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE MODERN WORLD (U69 204)

CULTURE AND SOCIETY THROUGH FICTION (U69 206)

HUMAN VARIATION: RACES AND ETHNIC GROUPS (U69 307)

ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS OF THE NEW WORLD (U69 310)

ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS OF THE OLD WORLD (U69 312)

PREHISTORY OF NORTH AMERICA (U69 314)

THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT EGYPT (U69 3212)

CULTURE, POLITICS, AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION (U69 337)

ANTHROPOLOGY THROUGH THE ARTS (U69 342)

AMERICAN INDIAN ART AND ICONOGRAPHY (U69 3422)

TOBACCO: HISTORY, CULTURE, SCIENCE & POLICY (U69 4135)

PRIMATE ECOLOGY AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE (U69 406)

ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH TECHNIQUES (U69 455)

HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY (U69 4661)

ZOOARCHAEOLOGY (U69 4813)

THE FORENSICS OF ANIMAL USE (U69 482)

Student Advising

Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

HOURS
Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

Still have questions?

Program Coordinator: 
Kirsten Jacobsen
314-935-7770
Kjacobsen@wustl.edu

Academic Advisors: 
Lily M. Dollan
314-935-3499 
Lily.m@wustl.edu

Rebecca O’Laughlin 
314-935-6742
Rolaughlin@wustl.edu

Elisa Wang
314-935-6793
Elisa.wang@wustl.edu