The Anthropology Department is committed to high quality instruction, research, and service activities that are exemplary contributions to the Vision and Mission of the University of West Georgia. The Anthropology Department embraces academic freedom in the conduct of its faculty, as well as the philosophy and objectives of liberal arts education through its contributions to general education and the core curriculum. The Department aims to provide its undergraduate anthropology majors with a comprehensive introduction to anthropological knowledge through classroom instruction, experiential learning, and directed research opportunities. We also strive to enhance student life by providing extra curriculum learning experiences. We are committed to providing learning skills necessary for continued success in academic and workplace environments, as well as for personal and civic enrichment. The Anthropology faculty is committed to instructional excellence, continuing professional development, scholarly contributions to their areas of professional expertise, and service to the institution and civic community.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

  • Overview

    Anthropology is a classic example of an undergraduate liberal arts major, combining fascinating coursework and practical career training in one academic package. The University of West Georgia offers a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology. Anthropology students are encouraged to see the world holistically, as the sum of its biological, social, and cultural parts. Holism – an eye toward the all-encompassing “Big Picture” –is what distinguishes anthropology from more technical and specialized fields that view the world through much narrower lens.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery



    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 120

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
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    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses



    Core Areas A through E: 42 Hours
    Core Curriculum
    Core Area F, Major Specific Courses: 18 Hours

    • ANTH 1102 - Introduction to Anthropology 3
    Choose two:
    • ANTH 1105 - Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
    • ANTH 2001 - Introduction to Archaeology 3
    • ANTH 2002 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
    Remaining Hours selected from: 9 Hours
    Choose one or two from the following list: 3 to 6 Hours
    • ANTH 2004 - Statistical Methods Anthropolo 3
    • ECON 2105 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3
    • ECON 2106 - Principles of Microeconomics 3
    • GEOG 2553 - Introduction to GIS and Mapping Sciences 3
    • MATH 1001 - Quantitative Skills and Reasoning 3
    • MATH 2063 - Introductory Statistics 3
    • PSYC 2003 - Statistics in Psychology 3
    • POLS 2601 - Political Science Methods I 3
    Choose one or two from the following list: 3 to 6 Hours
    • 1000 or 2000-level courses from FILM, FORL, FREN, GRMN, PHIL, SPAN.
    As well as:
    • ART 1201 - Introduction to Art 3
    • ART 2201 - History of Western Art I 3
    • GEOG 1013 - World Geography 3
    • ENGL 2110 - World Literature 3
    • ENGL 2190 - Studies in Literature by Women 3
    • ENGL 2180 - Studies in African-American Literature 3
    • HIST 1111 - Survey of World History/Civilization I 3
    • HIST 1112 - Survey of World History/Civilization II 3
    • SOCI 2203 - Introduction to Women's Studies 3
    • THEA 2214 - Concepts in Theatre Design 3
    • XIDS 2100 - Arts and Ideas: Special Topics 3
    (No more than three of these hours may be ANTH)

    • ANTH-1102 - Introduction to Anthropology

      A four-subfield introduction to the analysis and explanation of cultural similarities and differences. Discoveries, theories, problems, and debates on issues of fundamental importance to the understanding of human nature, society, and behavior through the study of cultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology.

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    • ANTH-1105 - Introduction to Physical Anthropology

      An examination of humans from biological and evolutionary perspectives. Topics of survey and analysis include systems of human and non-human inheritance and evolution, primatology, origins, variation and adaptation, forensic anthropology, and interactions between biology and culture.

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    • ANTH-2001 - Introduction to Archaeology

      Survey of Archaeology as a subfield of Anthropology. Content includes basic theoretical concepts, analytic methods, and interpretive models of scientific archaeology. Specific concerns include reconstruction of cultural systems and their adaptive patterns through recovery and analysis of material remains.

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    • ANTH-2002 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

      A broad ethnographic introduction to the customs and behaviors of people in several cultures. This class will examine a diverse range of contemporary cultures and explore different social structures, belief systems, and adaptations through exemplary case studies in the subfield of Cultural Anthropology.

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    Major Required

    Anthropological Thought: 3 Hours

    • ANTH 4100 - History of Anthropological Thought 3
    Linguistics: 3 Hours
    • ANTH 4173 - Language and Culture 3
    Anthropology Capstone: 1 Hours
    • ANTH 4184 - Anthropology Capstone 1

    • ANTH-4100 - History of Anthropological Thought

      A survey of major conceptual and theoretical developments in anthropology from the early nineteenth century to the present.

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    • ANTH-4173 - Language and Culture

      A study of the history and perspectives of linguistic anthropology with special emphasis on the relationship between language and culture.

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    • ANTH-4184 - Anthropology Capstone

      Students translate their cumulative knowledge in anthropology to analyze current human challenges and to examine anthropology as a gateway to professional careers. It includes a project that enables them to reflect on what they learned and apply it to a broader context.

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    Major Selects

    Archaeology: 3 Hours

    • ANTH 4181 - Cultural Resources Management 3
    • ANTH 4201 - Artifact Analysis 3
    • ANTH 4202 - Rise and Fall of Ancient Civilizations 3
    • ANTH 4204 - Ice Age Peoples of North America 3
    Physical Anthropology: 3 Hours
    • ANTH 3110 - Human Osteology 3
    • ANTH 4125 - Forensic Anthropology 3
    • ANTH 4150 - Human Evolution 3
    • ANTH 4165 - Primatology 3
    Cultural Anthropology: 3 Hours
    • ANTH 3170 - Religion in America: The Shakers and Other Utopian Societies 3
    • ANTH 3186 - Anthropology of Gender 3
    • ANTH 4130 - Medical Anthropology 3
    • ANTH 4132 - Human Life Cycle in Cross-Cultural Perspective 3
    • ANTH 4134 - Animals and Culture 3
    • ANTH 4144 - Peoples and Cultures of Latin America 3
    • ANTH 4155 - Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa 3
    • ANTH 4170 - Myth, Magic and Religion 3
    Methods Course: 4 Hours
    • ANTH 3188 - Ethnographic Field Methods 4
    • ANTH 3250 - Field Methods in Physical Anthropology 4
    • ANTH 4102 - Archaeological Field Research 4
    Anthropology Upper Division Electives: 12 Hours
    • Numbered 3000 or higher
    Minor or Electives
    • (10 of these hours must be at or above the 3000 level): 28 Hours
    No more than 4 individualized study hours from the following count toward the BS in
    • ANTH 4186 - Internship 1.0 - 6.0
    • ANTH 4881 - Independent Study 1.0 - 4.0
    • ANTH 4900 - Directed Reading 1.0 - 3.0

    • ANTH-3110 - Human Osteology

      This course will introduce students to the basics of skeletal biology and learn how to accurately identify the elements of the human skeleton. It will include the major landmarks of each skeletal element with an aim to understanding the functional morphology of bones in an individual and as an anatomical system.

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    • ANTH-3170 - Religion in America: The Shakers and Other Utopian Societies

      This hands-on religion course will focus on the practice of religion in historical and contemporary Utopian societies in the U.S. By examining the development and legacy of one of America’s most quintessential religious communities, the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing (known as the Shakers), students will gain a wide range of skills and opportunities to explore diverse approaches to religion, theory, and methodology in anthropology. We will also examine other Utopian religious societies as comparative examples. There will be a class travel component and additional Course Fees associated with this course during most semesters.

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    • ANTH-3180 - Environment and Health: Anthropological Perspectives

      This course is designed to engage students in critically examining anthropological perspectives on the relationship between the biophysical environment and human physical health, with an emphasis on contemporary environmental health challenges. Topics covered include environment and disease, as well as health in the contexts of food production, natural disasters, radioactivity and toxicity, urban environments, mental health, and social inequalities. The course ends with a consideration of positive ways forward.

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    • ANTH-3188 - Ethnographic Field Methods

      This course will investigate and evaluate qualitative analysis in ethnographic field research. The course is participation intensive and will involve research in an actual field project.

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    • ANTH-3250 - Field Methods in Physical Anthropology

      In this practical Course, students will learn and apply basic lab and field methods in Physical Anthropology. We will explore techniques used in osteology, forensics, bioarchaeology, primatology, and paleoanthropology through hands on activities, guided research, presentation, and written reports.

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    • ANTH-4102 - Archaeological Field Research

      Direct participation in all aspects of an archaeological excavation project. Instruction in research design, excavation techniques, recording procedures, data analyses, and field interpretation.

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    • ANTH-4125 - Forensic Anthropology

      This course will include a detailed study of the human skeleton. Primary focus will be on the methods used to identify human remains within a legal context. Responsibilities and ethics of a forensic anthropologist will be discussed.

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    • ANTH-4130 - Medical Anthropology

      This course provides a general introduction to concepts in medical anthropology, considering health, illness and healing from a biocultural standpoint. Topics covered include cross-cultural understandings of mental and physical health issues, global perspectives on health, and careers in medical anthropology.

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    • ANTH-4132 - Human Life Cycle in Cross-Cultural Perspective

      A cross-cultural study of the social and cultural meanings of human experience through such phases as birth and death; adolescence; adulthood; and old age.

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    • ANTH-4134 - Animals and Culture

      The relationship between humans and animals is complex, multidimensional and historically derived. This course will examine primary theories related to ecology and symbolism and identify the historical and contemporary role of animals in human society.

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    • ANTH-4144 - Peoples and Cultures of Latin America

      An ethnohistorical and ethnographic perspective of indigenous peoples of Latin America (including Central America; South America, and the Caribbean), with an emphasis on the Inca State and contemporary Andean people.

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    • ANTH-4150 - Human Evolution

      This course focuses on the evolution of humans and our nearest relatives using evidence from fossil record and genetic analysis. It places special importance on human origins while addressing modern and future human variability from perspectives both ethical and philosophical.

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    • ANTH-4165 - Primatology

      Study of living prosimians, monkeys, and apes, including social organization, feeding and ranging, community ecology, and conservation. Readings will focus on field studies of natural populations.

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    • ANTH-4173 - Language and Culture

      A study of the history and perspectives of linguistic anthropology with special emphasis on the relationship between language and culture.

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    • ANTH-4181 - Cultural Resources Management

      An examination of the history of the field of cultural resource management including major federal and state laws that govern the preservation of cultural resources. Attention will be given to archeological, historical, and architectural applications.

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    • ANTH-4201 - Artifact Analysis

      This course is a hands-on introduction to interpreting artifacts from archaeological sites that focuses on the analysis of flaked stone tools, prehistoric ceramics, shell, bone, and perishables artifacts, and historic artifacts.

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    • ANTH-4881 - Independent Study

      Title and description of the type of independent study to be offered will be specified on the variable credit form at time of registration. May be repeated for up to 10 hours for credit.

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    • ANTH-5900 - Directed Readings

      Directed examination of a topic not normally offered by the program. Students must propose a detailed plan of reading stating precise learning objectives and secure the written consent of a supervising instructor before registration.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

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    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application


    Phone: 678-839-6455 
    Fax: 678-839-6466


  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives

    Students completing the B.S. degree with a major in Anthropology should be able:

    1. to demonstrate a broad base of anthropological knowledge;
    2. to analyze cultural and human biological diversity through time and space;
    3. to analyze anthropological topics through oral and written communication; and
    4. to collect and assess data using anthropological methods