Schools with Bachelor's Degrees in Anthropology: How to Choose

Students may choose to earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at several 4-year colleges and universities throughout the country. These programs are usually available through the schools' anthropology, social sciences and humanities divisions.

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Undergraduate programs in anthropology, with varying concentration areas, are available throughout the U.S. Learn more about the options and how to choose between them.

10 Schools with Anthropology Programs

The following universities offer bachelor's degree programs in anthropology.

College/University Location Institution Type Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private $45,278
Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 4-year, Public $17,514 in-state, $31,346 out-of-state
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, Private $49,241
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private $46,320
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public $13,856 in-state, $43,476 out-of-state
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public $13,431 in-state, $38,139 out-of-state
Northwestern University Evanston, IL 4-year, Private $49,047
Emory University Atlanta, GA 4-year, Private $46,314
University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA 4-year, Public $13,252 in-state, $37,960 out-of-state
University of Chicago Chicago, IL 4-year, Private $51,351

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Anthropology programs differ in their program offerings and career preparation. Therefore, you may want to keep the following considerations in mind when choosing between schools:

  • If you're interested in pursuing a career in forensics or another laboratory science, you may want to enroll in a BS program, but if your interests are regional, a BA program with a language requirement may be a better fit.
  • To find out what program fits your needs, it can help to find out the concentration options that different schools offer, which may include archaeology, biological anthropology, forensic science, ethnology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and regional studies.
  • If you're interested in hands-on learning experiences, you may want to consider the availability and types of field experience opportunities that are included in the undergraduate curriculum at each school, such as study abroad and internships.

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology programs typically combine topics in anthropology and archaeology. Students usually complete a language requirement. Graduates may find work in anthropology labs, museums, international health organizations and government organizations.

Bachelor of Science in Anthropology

The Bachelor of Science in Anthropology program typically consists of similar courses to that of a BA in Anthropology program, but without the language requirement and with a laboratory science requirement.

If you want to study anthropology at the undergraduate level, you can choose between BA and BS programs. The major difference between the two is that BA programs include a language component, and BS programs include a laboratory science element.

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