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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Undergraduate Program

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Bachelor of Art (BA) / Bachelor of Science (BS) in Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of the origins and diversity of human biology and culture. Anthropologists study the evolution and adaptations of the human species through the four major subdivisions of the discipline: archeology, biological anthropology, linguistics, and cultural anthropology. The liberal arts major provides training in all areas of anthropology for the student with an interest in global awareness, cultural diversity, human evolution and adaptation, prehistory, and an understanding of human behavior. For those interested in pursuing anthropology as a career, the anthropology major is also designed to prepare students for graduate training.

Department Faculty

Chair: Kathleen Blue, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator: Chelsea Mead, Ph.D.
Faculty:  J. Heath Anderson, Ph.D.; Rhonda Dass, Ph.D.; Kathryn "Jay" Elliott, Ph.D.; Susan Schalge, Ph.D.; Ronald Schirmer, Ph.D.

Admission to Major

Admission to major is granted by the department. Minimum university admission requirements are:

  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C)

Contact the department for application procedures.

For information on admissions go to the Admissions website.

P/N Grading Policy

Up to 1/4 of the credits for the major may be taken P/N, but caution in using this option in the major is urged.

GPA Policy

Anthropology majors are urged to maintain a 3.0 or better GPA to maximize their options for graduate study and professional employment.

Advising Information

Students majoring in anthropology have an advisor from their area of interest assigned to them. Questions and concerns pertaining to advising and the assignment of advisors can be answered by Melissa Iverson, Student Relations Coordinator, 114 Armstrong Hall, telephone 507-389-1351 or by the Department Chair. For minor advising, please contact the Department Chair.

Museum Studies Certificate

The aim of this program is to provide a perspective on the theory and practice of museums in an expanding global environment of technological, social and political change for current and future museum professionals. It emphasizes the role of technology as a pervasive aspect in today's museum, examines new models of education, exhibition, and business strategies, and explores the role of the museum as an agent of social change. We welcome students interested in all types of museums including history, technology, science, art, special topic or themed museums, historic sites, national parks and zoos and those interested in exhibitions for corporations, government agencies and private organizations.

Program requirements: Museum Studies Certificate

Geoarcheology Certificate

This certificate cross-trains students in archeology, geography, and geology to emphasize the necessity of understanding physical processes in places and regions as important vectors in shaping human habitation and resource use over time. The certificate prepares students to be highly competitive in either further education or the job market.

Program requirements: Geoarcheology Certificate