College of the Sciences
Dean Hall, room 357
Mail Stop 7544
See website for how this program may be used for educational and career purposes.
Faculty and Staff
Lori K. Sheeran, PhD
Tracy J. Andrews, PhD, (emeritus),sociocultural anthropology, ethnicity, medical and ecological anthropology, gender, Native North America
Kathleen Barlow, PhD, (emeritus), psychological anthropology, learning and culture, museum anthropology, art and aesthetics, resource management
Steven Hackenberger, PhD, archaeology, cultural resource management, North America and Caribbean
Patrick Lubinski, PhD, archaeology, zooarchaeology, cultural resource management, North America
Patrick McCutcheon, PhD, archaeology, evolutionary and environmental archaeology, cultural resource management
Lene Pedersen, PhD, sociocultural anthropology, visual and environmental anthropology, postcolonialism, SE Asia (Indonesia), E. Africa, circumpolar North
Lori K. Sheeran, PhD, biological anthropology, primate ecology, gibbons, China
Penglin Wang, PhD, linguistic and cultural anthropology, East and Central/Inner Asia, China
J. Hope Amason, PhD, political economy and globalization, politics of representation, race, class, and gender, museums, memorials and heritage sites, tourism studies, Appalachia, US South
Jessica Mayhew, PhD, Biological anthropology, primate behavior and socio-cognition, play behavior, Africa, Central America
Rodrigo Rentería-Valencia, PhD, Environmental anthropology, semiotics, linguistic anthropology, ritual and performance theory, visual anthropology; Northern Mexico and the borderlands
Penelope Anderson, secretary senior
Anthropology presents an integrated perspective on the cultural and biological nature of humans. Anthropologists study present and past human diversity through classroom, laboratory, and field studies in cultural and biological anthropology, including archaeology, linguistics, ethnology, and applied anthropology.
Students interested in major and minor programs should contact the department office as soon as possible for further information, application forms, and assignment of an advisor. Anthropology majors are expected to meet with their advisors at least once a quarter.
Students need a GPA of 2.5 or higher to be admitted to the department.
Reflecting the broad nature of anthropological study, the department directly sponsors or is affiliated with a wide range of on- and off-campus options to broaden classroom experiences. Further information about the following programs is available through the anthropology department office:
- Museum Studies Program, offering coursework, field experiences, and projects with local and regional museums
- Central Washington Archaeological Survey (CWAS), a service, research, and public information facility with special emphasis in the Northwest
- Bachelor of science in primate behavior and ecology, an interdisciplinary program providing undergraduate training in method and theory of primatology as basis for research, laboratory, and field experience
- Master of science in resource management, offering an integrated program in natural and cultural resource management including anthropology classes in cultural resource management, and historic preservation
- Master of science in primate behavior, an interdisciplinary program in primatology, including courses in the history, field and lab methods, and current topics and issues in the discipline
- Center for Spatial Information, providing a range of Geographic Information System (GIS) tools for analysis of social and natural science data
- Summer workshops and field schools, including survey archaeology in eastern Washington, primate and biodiversity studies in China, and workshops in forensic anthropology
- Study abroad opportunities coordinated through the CWU Office of International Study and programs
- Departmental honors program encourages individualized research and study in a sub-area of anthropology. It is open to junior and senior students with an anthropology major GPA of 3.0 or better
- Anthropology Student Association, an active student group which sponsors academic and social events related to the discipline.
Bachelor of Arts
(NOTE: Students seeking a BA degree must complete one year college/university study or two years high school study of a single world language.)
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For information on program outcomes, please go to: www.cwu.edu/mission/assessment-improvement/slo-assessment-plans.
Frequency of course offering information can be found at the department website: www.cwu.edu/anthropology or by contacting the department directly.
ProgramsBachelor of Arts (B.A.)Bachelor of Science (B.S.)Certificate AMinor
CoursesAnthropology and Museum Studies (ANTH)