Anthropology, BA

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Major: Anthropology

Program Overview

As a student in the anthropology program at Case Western Reserve University, you will be challenged to form a unique perspective on human behavior, institutions, and biology. Skills of investigation, discovery, and critical thinking will prepare you for a wide range of careers, including health, international affairs, public service, education, law, management, and industry. An undergraduate degree in anthropology can lead to further study in medicine and law, or to advanced study in various academic programs. Just a few examples of the exciting opportunities open to anthropologists include working with local police forensic departments, studying health issues for hospitals or medical centers, and consulting for companies that develop software and electronics.

Students pursuing a major or minor in anthropology may choose one of four areas of concentration: general anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, or medical anthropology. Each of these emphases enables you to develop the qualitative and quantitative analytic skills necessary for both a career and further academic study.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to develop a global and cross-cultural perspective on human cultural diversity and will have an understanding of theories about culture, human cultural diversity, and the sociocultural context as shaping human experience and behavior.
  • Students will be able to develop an understanding of the evidence for and evolutionary explanation of human evolution over the past 7 million years and contemporary human biological diversity.
  • Students will be able to learn about at least one specific geographic/cultural area in-depth.
  • Students will be able to think critically and effectively communicate, particularly about key anthropological data and concepts.

Undergraduate Policies

For undergraduate policies and procedures, please review the Undergraduate Academics section of the General Bulletin.

Accelerated Master's Programs

Undergraduate students may participate in accelerated programs toward graduate or professional degrees. For more information and details of the policies and procedures related to accelerated studies, please visit the Undergraduate Academics section of the General Bulletin.