• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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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.

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:

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

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.

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.
  • English proficiency test results
  • Immigration documents (for international students)
  • ACT or SAT results (optional for international students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31712 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31712 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    31712 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31712 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12260 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Fort Collins

  • 1210 - 1800 USD/month
    Living Costs

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