The 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.
The CWI Anthropology program strives to connect students to the diversity and complexity of the human experience through our introductory courses that comprise three of the four major subfields of anthropology: Physical Anthropology (ANTH 101), Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 102), and Introduction to Archaeology (ANTH 103). The program also offers the class Native Peoples of North America (ANTH 238). The program prepares students to transfer to a university for further studies towards a Bachelor’s or advanced degrees. Two of the four anthropology courses, ANTH 101 and ANTH 102, satisfy the core requirements at CWI. Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate’s degree and meets the general education requirements at all Idaho public universities.
Why This Program
The CWI Anthropology 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.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Provide students with an overview of; the subdisciplines of ANTH, the field’s historical origins, its major contributors, the myriad applications of ANTH in numerous other fields, and its specialized terminology
- Reinforce students’ reading, writing, critical thinking, and speaking skills to help prepare them for transfer to a four-year college and introduce the concepts of systemic analysis and the ability to interpret and synthesize data
- Introduce students to the methodology and research skills utilized by anthropologists in ethnographic and archaeological fieldwork, laboratory inquiry, and the increasing reliance on genetic analysis in both forensic and bio-cultural applications
- Provide students with a comparative overview of human behavior cross-culturally, illustrating the adaptive, or maladaptive, responses humans initiate to counter environmental and economic challenges
- Instill in students an appreciation of cultural diversity and a contextual awareness of the biological continuum along which all organisms live
Both internships and field trip/field experiences are available to ANTH students, giving them a sense of what careers are available, as well as the excitement of anthropological and archaeological research. Past students have attended the University of Idaho’s Field School, visited archaeological and anthropological sites in Idaho and Oregon, and experienced the Basque Museum.
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Anthropology, Associate of Arts
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2017||Summer 2017||Fall 2017|
|Registration Open||November 14||April 10||April 10|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||December 5||May 15||July 10|
|Admission Deadline||December 30||May 19||August 4|
|Last Day to Register||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin||January 17*||June 5*||August 21|
|*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.|
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Financial Aid Available
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Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
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