The Study of Us

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Turn your curiosity into contribution

Located in the Four Corners region, FLC’s Anthropology program is prime for studying the biocultural evolution, diversity, and incredible adaptability of humans, and how we have modified our environments and behaviors throughout history to thrive. Through field studies and internships, you’ll get your hands dirty as you learn how to apply anthropological methods for solving real-world problems.

The subfields

A truly holistic field, anthropology is comprised of related and complementary subfields. These subfields, each with their own unique methodologies, inquire into the human experience across space and time. Understood together, the subfields provide a powerful lens for inquiry into how we, as a species, embrace our environment, manage conflict, solve problems, relate to each other and ourselves, and persist as a species.

 

William Tsosie, Jr., Anthropology '07

"Obtaining a college education at Fort Lewis College empowers me to this day. It allows me to have a voice in the interpretation of Navajo people’s history and cultural resources."

Our species across space & time

Studying humanness through Anthropology's subfields

 

Archaeology

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Explore the relationship between humans and their material culture, throughout time and around the globe. Study the artifacts of contemporary as well as ancient humans. Situated in the richest archaeological area in the United States, you'll be studying at the heart of the action.

 

 

 

Biological Anthropology

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Study humans through 7 million years of evolution, from prehistoric ancestors, to genetic relatives (primates), to today. Investigate our relationship to place through our bodies’ adaptations to it. Tell the story of our lineage through behavior and biology.

 

 

 

Sociocultural & Linguistic Anthropology

Ethnographic Field School in Africa

Live and work with people of specific communities to learn about and understand their ways of life, including social customs, language & linguistics, and kinship, in the contexts of power and privilege, public health, and environmental issues.

Study the vast diversity of human communicative behavior, including structural properties of language, cross-cultural variations and language use, the symbolic contexts of language, and how language is affected by such things as gender, class, age and identity.

Degree options

Beyond a major in Anthropology, with your focus on one of the subfields, you may wish to add the Cultural Resource Management concentration, or one of these two related minors.

Cultural Resource Management

A concentration to add to your anthropology major

Assess a site for cultural significance before new development gets underway; consult with stakeholders in issues of conservation of cultural resources. Cultural Resource Management combines theories and methodologies from multiple subfields to respect our past as we move forward.

Applied Anthropology minor

Any of the subfields may be applied to solve real world problems. Our department is particularly attuned to using the theories and methods of Anthropology to address issues we face today.

Applied Anthropology minor
Forensic Studies

Explore fields of study with applications to legal contexts, such as anthropology, biology and psychology. Study the principles behind the decay of organisms, the analysis of bones, genetic fingerprinting and criminal profiling; learn how forensic specialists can assist law enforcement in solving crimes.

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The road ahead

FLC students and faculty on an archaeological dig in the Southwest

Your academic background, field school opportunities, internships, and mentorship from faculty will set you up to graduate poised for success in a career in anthropology.

Imagine yourself as a:

  • Cultural / natural resource manager
  • Public lands manager
  • Museum curator
  • Forensic scientist
  • Public health worker
  • Non-profit agency leader