Bachelor's Degree Program
Take part in archaeological surveys and excavations in Alaska and around the world. Team up with faculty on groundbreaking anthropological research. Join our summer field school in archaeology and work in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Alaska is one of the most exciting places in the world to study anthropology, and our program is a gateway to opportunities across the globe.
The anthropology degree at UAF offers a flexible program of academic courses and research opportunities in all four fields of anthropology: archaeology, cultural, biological and linguistic. The program provides a synergistic experience connecting lectures, seminars, laboratory and field-based courses.
Classes are taught by faculty members who are internationally recognized in their areas of specialization. We are also widely recognized in the anthropological community as a leading institution in the study of the culture and human diversity in the Arctic and circumpolar North.
Jobs for anthropology majors include positions with the park service and other government agencies, construction and military.
What Is Anthropology?
Anthropology is the study of people, past and present, and what makes us human. It’s a broad discipline that examines language, culture, societies and biological and material remains. Anthropology is also a dynamic field that is constantly integrating new technologies and ideas.
Anthropology is divided into four sub-fields: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology. While each of these fields are distinct, they all involve applying theories, using research methodologies, formulating hypotheses and developing sets of data.
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Why Study Anthropology at UAF?
As an anthropology major at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, you’ll have incredible opportunities to learn from leaders in the field, and take your studies beyond the classroom and into the world. Here are some of the highlights of earning your anthropology degree at UAF.
UAF Summer Sessions: Archaeology Field School
What Can You Do With an Anthropology Degree?
Anthropology majors develop cross-cultural knowledge, critical thinking and social science research skills that prepares them for a broad range of career options. Our program is also closely aligned with Alaska’s needs in workforce development. We estimate that about half of our bachelor’s degree graduates go directly into the workforce, while most of the others continue on to graduate programs.
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The bachelor’s in anthropology is a highly interdisciplinary program that comprises cultural, archaeological, biological and linguistic studies. The bachelor’s degree program aims to give students a solid introduction to the discipline, with the opportunity to concentrate study in one or more of the four sub-fields, and to gain research experience and training in the field and in the laboratory.
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