Academics at Fort Lewis College

Anthropology

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Anthropology majors at Fort Lewis College practice their skills globally. You can investigate nearby cultures, and you can study abroad. You can venture into archaeological and cultural field schools and conduct forensic research. You can engage in real-world problem solving in a range of issues from resource management to gender equality. And by graduation, you will develop a critical understanding of human biological, linguistic, and cultural diversity.

Opportunities

  • Two summer field school optionsInternships - As part of the Anthropology program, you’ll be able to access several internship and volunteer opportunities. Your possible internship providers include the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park, the Anasazi Heritage Center, the Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center, and the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Field Schools
    • Our Archaeological Field School enables you to conduct hands-on training in archaeological field techniques at prehistoric sites in the Southwest region. By participating in the field school, you’ll gain marketable skills in research design, digital mapping, remote sensing, subsurface sampling, and field-to-laboratory procedures. Our Four Corners location enables access to rich opportunities to explore culturally and environmentally diverse prehistoric, historic, and contemporary communities and occupational sites.
    • Through our Ethnographic Field School, you can conduct ethnographic research in the field at international locations in such countries as Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Bali. You may explore topics such as global health, maternal health, traditional healing methods, impacts of tourism, religion, and gender inequality.
  • Scholarships - These annual awards are open only to Anthropology majors, with awards typically ranging from $200-$500.
  • Faculty - Our six full-time faculty members have strong publication records and represent a diverse range of expertise. Our faculty have been recognized with Fulbright fellowships, an American Library Association CHOICE book award, and a National Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching award.

Beyond the Degree

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology leads to careers in such fields as:

  • Cultural resource management
  • Digital mapping
  • Education
  • Environment and natural resource management
  • Forensic science
  • International affairs
  • Law
  • Mass communication
  • Public health
  • Social advocacy
  • Tourism

For any career, this degree establishes that you can think critically and communicate effectively in a professional environment. You will be able to apply the tools, methods, and knowledge from the Anthropology program to any area concerned with ameliorating human problems.

Outcomes

Our graduates are working with these organizations:

  • United Nations
  • ERO Resources Corporation
  • Stratified Environmental & Archaeological Services
  • Alpine Archaeological Consultants
  • Statistical Research
  • Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department
  • Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
  • Wyoming State Museum
  • Animas Museum
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Fort Lewis College
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Binghamton University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Rustic Pathways
  • City of Durango
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • National Park Service
  • France Casting
  • R&D Insights

Our graduates have attended these graduate schools:

  • American University Law School
  • Colorado State University
  • Dartmouth
  • Northern Arizona University
  • San Francisco State University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Colorado at Denver
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Tulsa School of Law
  • University of West Florida
  • University of York

Testimonials

“My experience as a recent Fort Lewis anthropology graduate working for the National Park Service has been rewarding in many aspects. I have had the opportunity to work in cultural resources for two years as an archaeological technician, and have now worked in natural resources for over a year as a biological technician. In both positions, all of the skills I developed as a student have been utilized. The opportunity to apply many anthropological concepts and research topics that are valuable to me is part of my daily routine at work. In addition to benefits to my career path, I feel confident that the skills necessary to succeed in other endeavors like graduate school are with me as well.”

- Dana Hawkins (Anthropology, ’12), National Park Service

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