​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Anthropology is the study of people through time and space. As a student in the anthropology program, you’ll study archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology and applied anthropology. From study abroad experiences and internships to archaeological field school and research with experienced faculty, you’ll gain hands-on experience that will set you apart when searching for a career.

Put Your Degree to Work

As an anthropology graduate, you’ll find career opportunities with museums, federal agencies, and local and international organizations. You’ll be well equipped to provide consulting services including historical research, forensic work for police agencies and assessment of health care services for cultural groups. If you’re interested in staying on an academic path, you may be qualified to teach at a college or university anthropology department, medical school or international studies program.

*Some of these careers require additional education.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2026​
Museum archivist/curator$47,360 per year13% (4,200 more jobs)
Historian$59,120 per year6% (200 more jobs)
​Anthropologist/archeologist$62,280 per year4% (300 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work website​ or contact:

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Anspach Hall 142
Phone: 989-774-3160

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Anthropology Major

Courses in anthropology are offered in four subfields: A. Cultural Anthropology: ANT 170, 200, 202, 205, 320, 321, 322, 324, 326, 365, 370, 380, 450, 451, 457, 459, 506, 520, 521, 532, 590. B. Physical Anthropology: ANT 110, 171, 173, 342, 347, 351, 356, 358, 461, 542. C. Archaeology: ANT 174, 175, 340, 344, 345, 348, 426, 500, 540, 544. D. Linguistic Anthropology: ANT 276.
Total: 34 semester hours
Required Courses I
(10 hours)
ANT 170
Cultural Anthropology
ANT 171
Human Origins: Introduction to Physical Anthropology
ANT 173
Laboratory in Physical Anthropology
ANT 465
Capstone Experience in Anthropology
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
ANT 174
Inequality in the Ancient World: Origins of Early States
ANT 175
Archaeology of the Americas
Required Courses III
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
ANT 426
Archaeological Theory
ANT 451
History of Anthropological Thought
ANT 461
Race, Racism and Human Evolution
Required Courses IV
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
ANT 450/SOC 450
Ethnographic Methods and Research Design
ANT 521/CRM 521
North American Indian Ethnohistory
ANT 540/CRM 540
Archaeological Field and Laboratory Techniques
ANT 542/CRM 542
Methods in Forensic Anthropology: Osteology and Skeletal Analysis
(15 hours)
Select at least 3 hours from Electives I, II, and III. Electives must total 15 hours chosen from Electives I, II, III, and IV.
Electives I
(3-9 hours)
Electives II
(3-9 hours)
Electives III
(3-9 hours)
Electives IV
(0-9 hours)