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"Anthropology is a multi-disciplinary field that covers cultural, physical (or biological) anthropology as well as archaeology and linguistics. Cultural and biological adaptations to a given environment are critical to understanding how humans have evolved through time. Anthropologists are engaged in research positions within academia and museums, as well as serving as Cultural Resource Managers (CRM) and Geographic Information Systems specialists (GIS) in state and federal positions."

- Nikki Gorrell, Anthropology Faculty and Program Head

Program Overview

The College of Western Idaho (CWI) Anthropology program offers introductory coursework in three of the four major subfields of anthropology: physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and archaeology. Our program places particular emphasis on anthropology of the Great Basin area and prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university for further studies toward a bachelor’s or advanced degree.

As a graduate with an anthropology degree, you may find work in a variety of fields, including cultural resource management (federal, state, private), museums, foreign service, academic positions, and in research institutions in areas such as primatology, medical anthropology, and many more.


Degree Plan

Advising Information

Please see the most recent CWI Course Catalog for information on pre-requisite coursework and when particular courses are offered. If you need help figuring out what to take and when, see an Enrollment and Student Services professional at the One Stop Student Services location nearest you or, contact us at nps@cwidaho.cc.

Instructor Info