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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.

Museum Studies

Learn more about our Undergraduate & Graduate Certificate Programs.



News and Events

  • Anthropology Day - Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • First Fridays at First Church speaker series, featured Dr. Ron Schirmer speaking on Native American culture, Friday, September 9, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church,  Mankato.
  • Graduate student Kelli Damlo presented Lambda Address at Gustavus Adolphus College.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Sarah Deer, Co-Director of American Indian Law Program at Mitchell Hamline, to present "Violence Against Native American and Indigenous Women" for the Social Justice Lecture Series in Ostrander Auditorium from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Reception to follow.
  • Anthropology Day - Thursday, February 18, 2016