Welcome to the Anthropology Department

The Anthropology major is a liberal arts degree with a broad base of information and understanding about human behavior. This unique, critical perspective provides a framework for understanding the many sub-cultural differences we meet every day. The Anthropology major can open many doors of opportunity and provide valuable training to successfully deal with the future.

There are four sub-disciplines represented by the faculty and curricula of the University's Anthropology Department: Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, Linguistics and Biocultural Anthropology.

For a visual comparison of what classes are needed for each degree and concentration - click here


For information on how to declare, please see our Major Declaration page.

minor in Anthropology, and MA in Anthropology are also available.


Anthropology Department Statement on the 2016 Election and its Aftermath
  In light of the fear and deep concerns expressed by many people at Western Washington University and in our community about the presidential election, faculty members, staff, and students of the Department of Anthropology affirm our ongoing commitment to value human diversity in all its myriad forms and to provide a safe place for everyone. 
  Anthropological perspective and praxis is grounded in respect for all persons, civility, and thoughtful examination of ideas and policies. It is especially critical at times of uncertainty and change.
We recognize a common responsibility to support students, faculty, staff, and community members who may feel threatened, and to counter hostility toward immigrants, women, and other marginalized peoples. We particularly commend and support the courage and vision of inclusion of Blue Group.
  We also pledge to continue to exercise and guard academic freedoms to examine and address such issues as perpetuation of inequalities and policies that oppress or degrade.
  We welcome the involvement of everyone in learning and working together to create positive social change, promote humane understandings and practices, and encourage shared actions that may include forums, workshops, curriculum, and a variety of other opportunities and expressions.