Bachelor of Science in Anthropology
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.
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- career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
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required course work
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)
Must include 12 advanced units.
Must include 3 advanced units.
Anthropology majors are encouraged to also take a range of courses in the humanities and the natural sciences.
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- At least six units of transferrable college-level course work; or
- at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion or GED.
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: https://admissions.wustl.edu/.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the undergraduate degree in Anthropology. Applications will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:
- SUMMER 2020: APRIL 15, 2020
- FALL 2020: JULY 15, 2020
- SPRING 2021: DEC. 15, 2020
The online application is available online 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.
Official or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than 6-units of transferable credit, proof of high school completion or GED must be submitted. 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. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to email@example.com. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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) or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
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All international students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL 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, the TOEFL or IELTS is then required for admission.
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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.