The Study of Humans

Associate Professor Lee Sappington discusses anthropology and archaeology. More

Contact & Location


The Department of
Sociology & Anthropology

Physical Address:
Phinney Hall 101
PHONE: (208) 885-6751
FAX: (208) 885-2034

Mailing Address:
Department of
Sociology & Anthropology
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1110
Moscow, ID 83844-1110

Anthropologist removing dirt from rocks

Anthropology, B.A./B.S.

Anthropology is concerned with the study of humanity as a part of the natural world, and of culture that developed to cope with that world. Anthropologists have dealt largely with prehistoric and small-scale societies and cultures in an effort to arrive at an understanding of universal cultural laws. Anthropologists are increasingly studying large-scale societies and the interaction between small and large scale cultures in the global system.

While anthropologists have largely focused on prehistoric and non-western societies and cultures, increasingly they are applying basic concepts and methods to the study of modern, complex societies. The strengths of the anthropology program include historical archaeology and the archaeology and cultural study of the Plateau.

Required course work for a B.A. or B.S. in Anthropology includes the university requirements, the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences B.A. or B.S. requirements, plus the following:

  • Anth 100: Intro to Anthropology (3cr)
  • Anth 220: Peoples of the World (3cr)
  • Anth 230: World Prehistory (3cr)
  • Anth 231: Intro to Archaelogy (3cr)
  • Anth 251: Intro to Physical Anthropology (3cr)
  • Anth 410: Research Methods in Anthropology (3cr)
  • Anth 420: Anth History & Theory (3cr)
  • Anth 428: Social/Political Organization (3cr)
  • Soc 101:Intro to Sociology (3cr)
  • Stat 251: Principles of Statistics (3cr)
Plus one of the following:
  • Anth 261: Language and Culture (3 cr)
  • Anth 441: Intro to Study of Language (3cr)
  • Anth 450:Descriptive Linguistics (3 cr)

In addition, 15 credits (minimum) in Anthropology Electives (upper division 300 or above) must be taken.
Related Fields (12 credits)