Preparing you for a wide range of professional careers while inspiring creative independent work

The Anthropology Department offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees in anthropology, as well as an anthropology minor. The department offers four specialized tracks within the major—culture and heritage management, environmental anthropology, gender and culture, and medical anthropology—for students wishing a greater focus within the major.

To learn more about anthropology outside of the classroom, we encourage you to become active in the undergraduate Anthropology Club and to attend the department’s programs in career planning. You can find the Anthropology Club on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr! We are always accepting new members! If you have any questions feel free to email us at UIAnthro@gmail.com.

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Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology prepares individuals for advanced training or careers in anthropology, allied fields, and professional programs. Students who complete an anthropology major gain special understanding of human relations and expertise for jobs involving international or cross-cultural work, cultural resource management, and in responding to social and ethnic diversity, whether in the United States or globally.

Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of a broad range of changing and diverse human experiences and activities across time and space;
  • relation to one’s cultural background, including the social constructs of race, gender and other categories of inequality, to one’s perceptions and experiences;
  • understanding of the evolutionary perspective as it applies to primates, including human origins, behavior, ecology, and biocultural variation; and
  • applying anthropological research tools from the four fields of anthropology - linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and sociocultural anthropology - to collect and interpret data.

Want to get started?

Learn more about the program, including courses, curriculum, and requirements here.

Bachelor of Science in Anthropology

The Bachelor of Science in Anthropology prepares individuals for advanced training or careers in anthropology, allied fields, and professional programs. Students who complete an anthropology major gain special understanding of human relations and expertise for jobs involving international or cross-cultural work, cultural resource management, and in responding to social and ethnic diversity, whether in the United States or globally.

Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of a broad range of changing and diverse human experiences and activities across time and space;
  • relation to one’s cultural background, including the social constructs of race, gender and other categories of inequality, to one’s perceptions and experiences;
  • understanding of the evolutionary perspective as it applies to primates, including human origins, behavior, ecology, and biocultural variation; and
  • applying anthropological research tools from the four fields of anthropology - linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and sociocultural anthropology - to collect and interpret data.

Want to get Started?

Learn more about the program, including courses, curriculum, and requirements here.

Minor in Anthropology

The Minor in Anthropology prepares individuals for advanced training or careers in anthropology, allied fields, and professional programs. Students who complete an anthropology major gain special understanding of human relations and expertise for jobs involving international or cross-cultural work, cultural resource management, and in responding to social and ethnic diversity, whether in the United States or globally.

Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge/remembering.
  • Comprehension/understanding.
  • Application/applying.
  • Analysis/analyzing.
  • Evaluation/evaluating.
  • Synthesis/creating.

Want to get started?

Learn more about the program, including courses, curriculum, and requirements here.

Certificate in Museum Studies*

In collaboration with the Department of Anthropology, the Museum Studies Certificate program combines history, theory, and experiential learning to create a forward-looking curriculum preparing professionals for graduate school or work in a wide range of museums and cultural institutions. Courses are offered online and face-to-face each semester to meet your education and professional development needs.

Learning Outcomes

Through lectures, discussions, visits to museums, hands-on learning, professional guest speakers, and museum based projects students will learn about:

  • the history and origins of museums
  • collections management and care best practices
  • audience and community engagement
  • non-profit fundraising, grant writing and management
  • strategic planning and organizational structure
  • ethics and professionalism in the field
  • communication and collaboration best practices

Want to get started?

The Certificate Program is open to any student, either non-traditional or undergraduate, with a minimum 2.0 g.p.a. who is not enrolled in the Graduate College at the University of Iowa. Graduate students are welcome to take museum studies courses, but currently the Certificate is only offered at the undergraduate level. Graduate students have the option to enroll in the Certificate program after completing the graduate degree.