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  • Explore the human experience, past & present

  • Explore the human experience, past & present

  • Explore the human experience, past & present

  • Explore the human experience, past & present

  • Explore the human experience, past & present

The Appeal of Anthropology

Individuals interested in anthropology have at least one thing in common: the quest for knowledge about the human experience, from the past to the present, from evolutionary origins to the cultural organization of societies. At Minnesota State Mankato, students explore each of the four sub-fields of anthropology—archaeology, biological, sociocultural and linguistic—and interact with faculty who have worked in the field around the world. Field experience programs allow students to apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations and prepare them for a variety of careers working in health and human services, cultural resource management, museums, research and education.

Real-World opportunities

Go beyond the classroom. Apply your knowledge by working at an archaeological dig site, connecting with immigrants and refugees in our local community or learning how to work with human bones at crime scenes.

Prospective Students

Regardless of the degree you are seeking, our applied approach to Anthropology gives you practical knowledge that can be used immediately.


Meet Our Faculty

As a student, you will benefit from the energy and accomplishments of our faculty. They have considerable experience in the field and from virtually all reaches of the globe.

Certificate Programs

Learn more about our Undergraduate & Graduate Certificate Programs.



Recent Events

  • John Little to speak after presenting "More Than a Word," a film about Native American-based sports mascots and the Washington R*dskins. Monday, February 26, 2018, 6 to 9 pm in Ostrander Auditorium.
  • Anthropology Day - Thursday, February 15, 2018.
  • Listen to Emeritus Paul Brown present "Race and the Fallacy of White Supremacy" from 4:30-5:30 pm in CSU 253/4. Thursday, February 15, 2018.
  • Dr. Chelsea Mead to present "Mother Tongues and Memories: Indigenous Languages at Minnesota State University, Mankato" Tuesday, March 20, 2018, from 9:30 to 10:30 in the Ostrander Auditorium. (The 39th Annual Frontier Forum)