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Anthropology Program

Anthropology Program

Anthropology is the study of human culture and biology in the past and present. The Anthropology Program at Western Kentucky University provides opportunities for students to major or minor in anthropology, offering students a coherent program of study that enriches their knowledge of human culture, develops their cross-disciplinary perspective, and prepares them for a variety of careers. In particular, the program provides opportunities for students to study the interaction of culture and biology, both in contemporary societies as well as in the archaeological and evolutionary past. While a broad, four-field approach is emphasized in the program, the curriculum prepares students for graduate studies and employment in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archaeology, visual anthropology, or cultural resource management.

Experiential learning is emphasized throughout the Anthropology Program, allowing students to gain hands-on field and laboratory experience excavating sites, analyzing artifacts, documenting cultural lifeways, and recording oral histories. The Anthropology Program sponsors two student organizations, the Anthropology Club and Lambda Alpha (national honorary).

Because of its broad spatial, temporal, and topical reach, anthropology complements nicely studies in other disciplines, including folk studies, history, sociology, criminology, psychology, geology, geography, biology, chemistry, foreign languages, music, art, English, religion, and philosophy. We've even had students combine degrees in anthropology with physics and agriculture.

Apply for the Drs. Du-Powell Scholarship in Anthropology!

The scholarship supports student research and/or study abroad.

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 cycle is November 15, 2017. Funding may be used for winter, spring, or summer 2018 projects.

Download the scholarship description and application.

All applicants must register on the WKU TOPDollar Scholarship Source.

Contact Us:

Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology

Dr. Darlene Applegate, Department Head
Phone: (270) 745-5898

Dr. Ann Ferrell, Program Director, Folk Studies
Phone: (270) 745-5896

Ms. Donna Schulte, Office Associate
Phone: (270) 745-6549
Fax: (270) 745-6889


237 Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center
Potter College of Arts and Letters
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #61029
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1029

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 Last Modified 10/25/17