Focused Area Advisor: Scott Lindquist, (208) 732-6252,

Major Advisor: Jim Woods, (208) 732-6862,

Anthropology is the interdisciplinary study of the human species. The CSI Anthropology Program offers introductory course work in three of the four major sub-fields of anthropology including physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and archaeology. The program prepares students to transfer to a university for further studies toward a Bachelor’s or advanced degrees. Two of the four anthropology courses satisfy core requirements at CSI. Particular emphasis is given on the anthropology of the Great Basin area.

Anthropology graduates find work in many fields including cultural resource management (federal, state, private), museums, foreign service, academic positions, and in research institutions in areas such as primatology, medical anthropology, and many more.

Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate’s degree, and meets the general education requirements at all Idaho public universities. Course selection should be coordinated to meet requirements for your intended transfer institution.

Upon successful completion of the Anthropology program, a student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and conceptual frameworks of Anthropology.
  2. Develop an understanding of self and the world by examining the dynamic interaction of individuals, groups, and societies as they shape and are shaped by history, culture, institutions, and ideas.
  3. Utilizing discipline specific approaches, such as research methods, inquiry, or problem-solving, to examine the variety of perspectives about human experiences.
  4. Evaluate how reasoning, history, or culture informs and guides individual, civic, or global decisions.
  5. Understand and appreciate similarities and differences among and between individuals, cultures, or societies across space and time.

Program Application Required: No

Sample Career Opportunities: Anthropologists and Archaeologist

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