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Prospective Undergraduate Students


Anthropology studies the full range of the human experience from human origins and prehistoric cultures to traditional and modern societies. While anthropology documents human behavior and cultural patterns around the world, it is also concerned with preserving cultural diversity and improving the lives of peoples who live in today’s changing world.

When you major in anthropology, your core classes will introduce you to prehistory, cultural and physical anthropology. Advanced courses offered in archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology include North American Archaeology, Old World Prehistory, Medical Anthropology, Human Growth and Development, Ecological Anthropology and Social Structure. 


We know experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences, such as:

  • Studying abroad in Benin learning about culture and agriculture
  • Serving as the AnthroGroup president
  • Interning with the Smithsonian Institution
  • Researching 3D scanning as a means to study pottery 
  • Volunteering with the Nebraska State Historical Society


As an anthropology major you will have career opportunities in many fields. You might find work with an international business or an agency involved with international development. Anthropology training can lead to careers in intercultural education, health care and human services. You may do cultural preservation and interpretation in parks and public lands.

Here are examples of recent graduates’ employment:

  • Editor/Analyst / The Motley Fool
  • Forestry Technician / U.S. Forest Service
  • Geologist / Fulbright
  • Healthy Lifestyle Educator / Clyde Malone Community Center
  • Integrated Resource Technician / National Park Service
  • Personal Banker / Wells Fargo
  • Primary Education Teacher Trainer / Peace Corps
  • Projects Coordinator of Student Life / Peru State College
  • VISTA Leader Position / Americorps
  • Youth Programmer / Asian Community and Cultural Center

Undergraduate Chair

Martha McCollough
839 Oldfather Hall