Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

BA in Anthropology

Do you wonder how human behavior changes over time?

Or what makes cultures different from one another?

Are you fascinated by the relationship between biology and culture?

Mason's anthropology degree is designed for students with interests like yours.

Our anthropology program offers you a unique window into the past, examining human culture, language, and biology. The programs in archaeology give you hands-on experience through archaeological fieldwork and museum-based research.

Anthropology majors develop an eye for detail and careful observation, skills in analysis and writing, sensitivity to what is unfamiliar, and global knowledge.

Graduates are well prepared for a variety of careers in fields such as criminal justice and forensic anthropology, humanitarian action and international diplomacy, museum studies, public archaeology, and education.


All students have opportunities for research, global-engagement, public service, and career preparation. As an anthropology major you can:

  • Conduct independent research through honors in anthropology. Read more >>
  • Do archaeological fieldwork locally and as far afield as the Arctic.
  • Study abroad in countries like Peru, Malta, South Africa, or Switzerland. Read more >>
  • Gain on-the-job field experience with internships at local museums (the Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, and many others). Read more >>
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