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.

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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 courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • 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.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses



    Core Areas A through E - 42 hours

    Core Area F, Major Specific Courses - 18 hours
    ANTH 1102
    Choose two: ANTH 200 I; ANTH 2002; ANTH 2003

    Nine (9) Remaining Hours selected from:
    1000 or 2000-level courses from Anthropology, Biology, Computer Science, Economics, Foreign Language, Geography, Geology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Statistics*(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.

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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

    • 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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    Major Selects

    Choose one from each of the categories:

    Archaeology (ANTH 3105, ANTH 3156, ANTH 3184, ANTH 4115, ANTH 4117 or ANTH 4160)
    Linguistics (ANTH 4173)
    Physical Anthropology (ANTH 3106, ANTH 4125, ANTH 4150 or ANTH 4165)
    Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 3180, ANTH 3186, ANTH 4134, ANTH 4144, ANTH 4155, or ANTH 4170)
    Methods Course (ANTH 3188, ANTH 4102, or ANTH 3250)

    Twelve (12) additional hours from Anthropology Upper Division Electives Numbered 3000 or higher

    • ANTH-3180 - Environmental Anthropology

      The focus of this course is on the relationship between cultural behavior and environmental phenomena. Local, regional, and global case studies will be used in examining the political and cultural ecology of resource use, adaptation, and degradation. Possible topics include environmental justice, deforestation, and conservation, industrial waste, and watershed management.

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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

      Instruction in and application of the various methods primatologists use in the field. This course will involve observations and directed research projects done on living primate populations.

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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-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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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Application Deadlines

    For a complete list of application deadlines, please visit:

    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