What Is Anthropology?

Anthropology is a classic example of an undergraduate liberal arts major, combining fascinating coursework and practical career training in one academic package. More than 300 colleges and universities in the U.S., including the University of West Georgia, offer a Bachelor’s degree 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 lenses.

Antonio J Waring Jr. Laboratory

Primarily a research facility, the lab is dedicated to the scholarly pursuit of knowledge about past cultures in Georgia and the greater Southeast region. Thousands of prehistoric and historic archaeological collections are held in trust by the Waring lab, which exceeds federally required curation standards. A variety of unique opportunities are made available to student employees and volunteers.

Learn More >>


BAFAL [Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory] is an open lab space where students and faculty alike can conduct research and participate in experiential learning opportunities. Areas of study include Forensic Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Musculoskeletal Health, and more. We offer opportunities for volunteer projects, research, and paid student positions alike.

Learn More >>