General Description / Special Programs
The B.A. program emphasizes the humanistic elements of anthropology and culture. The B.S. program emphasizes the humanistic and scientific elements in anthropology and culture. As an anthropology major, you will: • Excavate and interpret remains left by past cultures • Examine human biology and its relationships to culture and behavior • Explore the role of culture in society from local and global perspectives • Understand the interaction of culture and language
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Degrees Offered Anthropology BA major, Anthropology BS major, Anthropology Minor, Archaeology Minor
Highest Degree Offered BA/BS
Certificate Info Forensic Anthropology
Certificate Field Areas
BA/BS Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
Total major requirements: 30 credit hours of ANTH Required Courses (18 cr.) • ANTH 210 Cultural Anthropology • ANTH 220 Physical Anthropology • ANTH 230 Introduction to Archaeology • ANTH 280 Socio-Cultural Theory • ANTH 485 Practice of Anthropology (Capstone course taken in junior or senior year) • ANTH 490 Seminar Electives (12 cr.) Choose any ANTH courses. At least 9 cr. of electives must be completed at the upper-division level.
Experience Offered
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info Available for credit; recent internships include South Dakota State Archaeological Society, Smithsonian Institute, State Historical Museum
Program Details
Research Facilities GIS Computer Lab, GeoWall 3D projection system, Prehistoric Peruvian Textile Collection, HRAF, Homestake (Deadwood) Historical Artifact Collections, US Patent Office Annual Reports 1847-1873; Official Gazettes 1872-present, Joint programs with state Geological Survey, Native American Studies and History. USD Archaeology Lab,; Missouri River Institute:
Certs Offered 1
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info: Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, Introduction to Forensic Science.
Application Deadlines
Dec. 1 for Scholarships; Rolling deadline for admission
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Anthropology Program Enthusiast Society (APES)
Anthropology Club Advisor: David Posthumus
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1