It is our mission to provide a holistic program of instruction that gives students a better understanding of human cultural and biological diversity in the past, present, and future, using a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches that span the humanities and the social, behavioral, and natural sciences.
Anthropology at FLC
In the Anthropology program at Fort Lewis College, you'll be exploring the past while shaping your future. You'll conduct actual research and apply anthropological principles to contemporary problems in laboratories, field schools, internships, research, and service learning projects. And both in and out of the classroom, you'll learn effective communication and critical thinking skills. You'll also experience the collaborative nature of anthropology by working on projects with researchers from other disciplines.
Our spectacular location, where the Rocky Mountains meet the Southwest's canyons and deserts, also provides rich opportunities for hands-on field research and archaeological investigations. You'll find opportunities to participate in local historic and prehistoric fieldwork, and participate in volunteer work and internships with the many nearby nationally renowned locations and organizations, including Mesa Verde National Park, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, the Anasazi Heritage Center, and Chimney Rock Archaeological Area.
The best way to explore Anthropology, though, is by going out and getting dirty. Here, you'll be able to be part the ongoing excavation and documentation of the Pigg Site, a prehistoric pueblo community dating to A.D. 1200s. The site, consisting of some 50 pueblo rooms, is owned by the Fort Lewis College Foundation for training students in archaeological field techniques.
Fort Lewis College also maintains a Field School at the Old Fort Lewis Campus outside of Durango. The site of the military Fort Lewis in the 1880s, and later the original site of Fort Lewis College, field work available there includes intensive instruction in archaeological inventory, compass and tape mapping, total station mapping, remote sensing, GPS and GIS work, and historical investigations.
Fort Lewis College also has a special cooperative program under which Anthropology undergraduates can apply to substitute the first year of the Durango-based University of Denver Four Corners Master of Social Work (MSW) program for their FLC senior undergraduate year of coursework. This allows motivated students to complete both their bachelor's and master's degrees in a total of five years. Contact the department chair for more information.
Anthropology Majors & Minors