Anthropology Major (BA)
Discover the forces that shape societies, cultures, and the course of history. When you join Hamline's anthropology department, you join a multifaceted discipline that draws on historical, environmental, biological and social forces. You'll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live, work and succeed in our culturally diverse and complex world.
Your classes will delve into all aspects of anthropology, from studying modern cultures and societies and reconstructing past civilizations through archeology to analyzing human behavior through an evolutionary lens and unpacking how people communicate, think, and socialize.
Our faculty value and create opportunities for student-led learning projects and regularly collaborate with students in research initiatives, and Hamline's Twin Cities location offers a springboard into the variety of opportunities for comparative cultural studies in our backyard.
Anthropology major and minor
Choose from a wide variety of courses suited to your career interests and develop skills that will serve you on whatever path you choose.
Hamline's classes and methods provide such an intimate learning experience. I personally think that hands-on experience is essential. Gaining skills in a lab or in the field, having those experiences working on projects and learning adaptability, flexibility, problem solving, critical thinking—it's invaluable."
Internships for anthropology students
We make sure you leave Hamline with work experience in the field of anthropology on your resume. And the opportunities are boundless. Whether you want to explore a career in communications, museum curation, public policy, or more, we have internship opportunities for you.
Examples of past anthropology student internships include:
- Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, victim assistance specialist intern
- Maya Society of Minnesota, student assistant
- Mayo Clinic, research intern
- MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, investigations intern
- Minnesota Historical Society, archeology collections management intern
- Minnesota Office of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, constituent outreach intern
- Planned Parenthood of Minnesota Action Fund, campus organizer intern
- Salter Mitchell Behavior Change and Communication, public relations and research assistant
H. Sapiens, Hamline's journal of undergraduate anthropology research
In fall 2022, Hamline University students launched the first issue of H. Sapiens, a journal of undergraduate research on anthropology and interdisciplinary subjects. H. Sapiens publishes original Hamline student research spanning the breadth of human experience, from Buddhist ideals of death to a New York City jazz festival seen through an anthropologist's lens.
Student editors review submissions, select papers, and publish the annual issue on H. Sapiens' WordPress site. Interested in submitting your research to H. Sapiens? You can reach the editors through the contact form on H. Sapiens' website.
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