College of Arts and Sciences

The anthropology major includes the study of human evolution, the archaeological record, language and culture, the relationship between humans and their environment, and cultural modes of being as these differ in time and space. While pursuing a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, anthropologists work toward a common goal: to document and understand our many interconnected ways of being human in a world now inhabited by six billion people speaking five thousand languages. In addition to the major, students may complete an undergraduate option in Medical Anthropology and Global Health, Archaeological Sciences, Anthropology of Globalization or Human Evolutionary Biology. Graduates of this degree pursue careers in fields such as public policy, social work, business, health care, nonprofit, research and education.

Minor available.

Major category: Open

Curricular options: Anthropology of Globalization , Archaeological Sciences , Human Evolutionary Biology, Medical Anthropology & Global Health

Topic: Social sciences, Health

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
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  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

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Career outcomes