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Associate of Arts Degree

Anthropology is the study of human societies and cultures throughout history. This program’s approach includes archaeology, biological/physical anthropology, cultural anthropology and linguistics.

Understand cultural and biological diversity in a comprehensive way; inspired by humanities and social and natural sciences. This program’s approach is enriched by an emphasis on interdisciplinary activities and perspectives, commitment to the community, and extensive opportunities for fieldwork and student research projects. Archaeological and biological perspectives provide insights into the dynamic nature of ethnic and cultural identity and technological and environmental change in prehistoric North America and the ways that evolutionary heritage has shaped modern physiology.

Contemporary issues are examined, such as impacts of extractive industries on the sustainability of the natural environment and local communities, language death and linguistic diversity, the self-determination of indigenous peoples, gender ideologies, and cultural influences on health and illness around the globe. 

Higher level courses in research are designed to equip students with the tools and framework needed to conduct anthropological research and succeed in upper-level courses. Opportunities for paid cultural resource management internships and positions are offered.

Intro to Physical Anthropology 3
Intro to Cultural Anthropology 3
Climate Change & the Human Experience 3
Material Culture Studies 3
Intro to Human Geography 3

Students must choose thirteen (13) credits from the following departments: ANTH, AIST, ART, BIOL, ECON, G&R, GEOG, GEOL, HIST, PSYC, SOC, STAT, or ZOO

Introduction to American Indian Studies

Indians of the Wind River 3
Native American Art History 3
Topics in Native America 3
Petroglyphs & Primitive Art (HUM) 3
Native American Art History 3
Digital Photography (ARTS) 3
Introduction to Environmental Science (LSCI) 4
Global Ecology 3
Ecology and Field Biology 4
Mountain Environments-The Wind River Range 4
Macroeconomics (SOC) 3
Technical Writing 3
Introduction to Physical Geography 3
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
Cartography 4
Advanced Geographic Information Systems 4
Geographic Information System Databases 3
GIS Database Applications 1
Spatial Analysis 4
Applied GPS for GIS 3
Remote Sensing 4
Geoinformation Information and Science 4
Capstone Project in GIS  3
Geology of Wyoming 3
Geology of Yellowstone / Teton 1
Environmental Geology (LSCI) 4
Geologic Field Excursion 3
Cowboys and Indians 3
Introduction to Museum Studies 3
History of Christianity (HUM) 3
History of Islam (HUM) 3
Fundamentals of Statistics 4
Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences 4
Human Anatomy 4
Human Physiology 4
Writing Level I (WR1) 3
Writing Level II (WR2) 3
American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000) 3
Arts 3
Humanities 3
Lab Science 4
Math 3
Oral Communication 3
University Studies 1

Anthropology Faculty

Todd Guenther

Professor of Anthropology and History

Todd is passionate about anthropology and getting his students the field experience needed for the next level.

Let the adventure begin

If you have an interest in anthropologyenvironmental sciencegeospatial information systems technology (GIST), or outdoor education you can begin your studies and career on top of the Rocky Mountains as part of the Alpine Science Institute at Central Wyoming College.  

Student on glacier