48 months
31712 USD/year
31712 USD/year
12432 USD/year
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The Anthropology - Archaeology program at Colorado State University is integrative, drawing from geography, biology, the humanities, and other social and natural sciences. 

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In this Anthropology - Archaeology  program at Colorado State University  focuses you will participate actively in programs of interdisciplinary research.

Four programmatic areas define faculty research and scholarship with which students can engage: humans and the environment, international development and globalization, health and well-being, and professional methods and techniques. In the education of undergraduates, the department values and promotes experiential training, primary research as well as public engagement and education.

The research endeavors of the anthropology faculty are trans-disciplinary and international. They are interested in diverse topics including but not limited to contemporary culture, ethnicity, linguistics, comparative religion, virtual worlds, subsistence patterns, archaeology, human ecology, human anatomy, human evolution, biogeography, land cover/land use patterns, and the behavior of non-human primates.

Anthropology majors follow a liberal arts curriculum that provides a broad education with an emphasis on learning how to learn. The department has ten research and teaching laboratories and three summer field schools; the Ethnographic Field School, the Archaeology Field School, and the Paleontology Field School.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Employ anthropological theory and qualitative/quantitative research methods to describe and analyze human biological and cultural variation over time and across space.
  • Describe and evaluate the inter-relationships between environments, health and well-being, and human cultural and biological evolution.
  • Synthesize anthropological theory, methods, and data to formulate arguments both orally and in written format.
  • Articulate anthropology to non-specialists and explain anthropological concepts across subfields and/or with other social sciences and humanities disciplines.
  • Transfer knowledge gained in anthropology program to a career trajectory after graduation.

The Archaeology concentration focuses on the Americas, and includes prehistoric and historic archaeology. The faculty members of this sub-discipline have expertise in:

  • Rocky Mountain and Plains archaeology
  • Paleo-Indian studies
  • Hunter-gatherer ecology
  • Taphonomy
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Public archaeology
  • Andean archaeology
  • Inca and Spanish empires
  • Mining communities
  • Mesoamerican archaeology
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Legacies of Resilience Project (LORE-LPG)

Special resources include the Center for Mountain and Plains Archaeology, the MesoAmerican lab, the Center for Archaeogeophysics and Geoarchaeology, and the Cultural Resources section of the Center for the Ecological Study of Military Lands. The archaeology program sponsors an annual field school each summer and houses the CSU Archaeological Repository.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantifying Anthropology  
  • Working With Data  
  • Quantitative Sociological Analysis  
  • Sociological Approaches to Quantitative Data
  • History of Theory-Anthropology and Geography
  • Archaeology of Rock Art

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All first-year freshman students will submit an application using the Common Application. Your application will be reviewed after we receive all of the required items.
  • Transcripts: Submit your most recent transcripts or mark sheets. We will ask for additional materials if necessary. Only transcripts sent directly from the school or stamped and sealed are considered official.
  • Personal statement: Your personal statement, commonly called an essay, is your opportunity to help us understand what makes you unique beyond your grades and transcripts. Your personal statement will be reviewed during your admission decision, for consideration for any competitive majors, and for financial aid decisions.
  • Recommendation: One recommendation from a counselor or teacher is required.

Tuition Fee

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    31712 USD/year
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  • National

    31712 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31712 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    12432 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12432 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Fort Collins

1210 - 1800 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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