The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

General Description / Special Programs

Our Vision

To be a leading Anthropology program in the State of Idaho and the inter-mountain West, known for evolutionary and ecological approaches to the human condition.

Our Mission

Promote student success through excellence in Anthropology.

Our Goals

  • providing students exposure to anthropological methods and theories relevant to solving the major challenges to humanity, including environmental dilemmas, conflict and cooperation, and health;
  • emphasizing scientific analyses, including a balance of theory and data;
  • realizing the STEM-related objectives of the university, producing graduates that have skills aligned to workforce needs including lifelong critical learning, data analysis and communication, and an understanding of science as inquiry;
  • pursuing funded research opportunities, bridging natural and social sciences, participating in interdisciplinary research, realizing integration across units/disciplines, and contributing to liberal education in the university.
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Degrees Offered BS in Anthropology; Certificate in User Experience Research; Certificate or minor in Data Analytics with R; Masters of Arts in Anthropology; Masters of Applied Anthropology with focus on CRM
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
Certificate Info User Experience Research Certificate--online certificate consists of 9 one-credit, seven week courses, and a three credit capstone project. Data Analytics with R Certificate--twelve credits, including Python, statistics, data science, and statistical modeling in R capstone project.
Certificate Field Areas
Research Methods
BA/BS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
University foundations courses, 8-11 credits in skills courses, statistics, 31 credits Anthropology courses
MA/MS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Experience Offered
MA/ MS Requirements MA Anthropology--15 credits core sequence, prelim exam, thesis; Masters of Applied Anthropology--12 credits core sequence, stats, CRM, and GIS skill sequence courses required, project.
MA/MS Specializations Biosocial and ecological emphases
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info

Internships with state and federal agencies

Support Opportunities

2 GAs $9,000-$12,000 per year, fee waivers, Schaertl Scholarship, Wesley Hurt Fellowship, Silver Archaeological Fellowships, and other research assistantships. Other BSU awards and graduate student information listed at:

Program Details
Research Facilities

ethnography laboratory; HRAF (Lewis Binford collection); computer facilities; archaeology laboratory; Center for Applied Archaeological Science

Library Resources eHRAF, Ethnographic Film Online (Alexander Street)

Department Series Archaeological Reports; Cultural Resource Reports; Monographs in Archaeology; Idaho Archaeologist, in conjunction with the Idaho Archaeological Society; Occasional Papers and Monographs in Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics; Archaeology and Anthropology, in conjunction with the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology

Certs Offered 1
Employees1 to 25
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

ANTH 102 Social-Cultural Anthropology, ANTH 103 Introduction to Archaeology, ANTH 104 Biological Anthropology, ANTH 105 Evolution and Human Behavior, ANTH 303 History and Theory in Anthropology, ANTH 306 Kinship and Social Organization, ANTH 314 Environmental Anthropology; ANTH 418 Research Methods for Social Scientists; UX 460-469 User Experience Research Certificate courses

Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Anthropology Club and Archaeology Student Association Club
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1