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Anthropology, B.S./B.A

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
At Western Carolina University, Anthropology students develop a historical perspective on contemporary society through a series of courses that address the evolution (and devolution) of societies around the world. With this focus on people, cultures and human relations, graduates are well prepared for unlimited career possibilities.
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Key facts:

  • The Anthropology Program at Western Carolina University leads students to develop skills in writing and critical analysis from a cross-cultural perspective. The program is based on the four subfields of anthropology: sociocultural, linguistic, archaeology and bioanthropology. All majors are required to take at least one elective in each of these categories. The core curriculum is composed of the following courses: Origins of Civilization, Comparative Cultural Systems, and History of Anthropological Theory.
  •  Additional opportunities for learning include the Anthropology Club; Lambda Alpha, the anthropology honor society; the Ethnography Laboratory, a research facility dedicated to the documentation of cultural life in the Southern Mountains; and the Western Carolina Human Identification Laboratory, a fully equipped facility focused on the recovery, storage and analysis of human remains.
  • The goal of the WCU Anthropology Program is to allow students to develop as engaged citizens who contribute their training and knowledge to a wide variety of personally and socially fulfilling careers. Accordingly, graduates of the program enter a wide diversity of career fields in the public, private and government sectors, including education, academic administration, research, private and corporate consulting, and museum and library administration. Many go on to graduate school to further explore their chosen area of study and expand their career possibilities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Origins of Civilization
  • Comparative Cultural Systems
  • History of Anthropological Theory
  • Economy and Society
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Religion, Magic, Myth 
  • Contemporary Cherokee Culture and Society 
  • Cherokee Arts and Crafts
  • Ethnographic Research Methods
  • Minority Groups
  • Southern Appalachian Culture
  • Comparative Family
  • Indians of North America
  • Cultures of Latin America
  • Folklore

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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