Anthropology is a multi-disciplinary field that covers cultural, physical (or biological) anthropology as well as archaeology and linguistics.
Nikki Gorrell, Anthropology Faculty and Program Head

Overview

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.

Mission

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

Clubs

College of Western Idaho's Anthropology Club is a forum for students to explore anthropology and build meaningful relationships with others in the field. We sponsor speakers, field trips, interactive group events, and other opportunities that... more

Additional Opportunities

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.

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts in Anthropology

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Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Registration Open April 14 November 10 April 13
Financial Aid Priority Date July 14 December 1 May 11
Admission Deadline August 8 December 22 May 15
Tuition and Fees Due August 22 January 9 May 29
Last Day to Register August 22 January 9 May 29
Classes Begin August 25 January 12 June 1*
*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.

Advising

Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Transfer

Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

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.

Career Info

For further information on careers in Anthropology see: http://www.aaanet.org/profdev/careers

Professions

  • Education / Outreach
  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Resource Management (CRM)
  • Historic Preservation
  • Museum / Curation / Project Design
  • Community Development
  • Advocacy (human rights / social justice)
  • Human / Social Services
  • Computers / Software Development / Information Technology
  • Design (products and/or services)
  • International Development / Affairs
  • Forensics
  • Administration / Management
  • Ethnography / Cultural Anthropology
  • Evaluation / Assessment
  • Health (international / public health)
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Business
  • Tourism / Heritage
  • Healthcare Management / Services / Deliver
  • Management Consulting / Organizational Development / Training
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Market Research
  • Law / Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement
  • Mass Communication
  • Humanitarian Efforts

Locations

Nampa Campus Academic Building

Directions


5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Ada County Campus Pintail Center

Directions


1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709

Canyon County Center

Directions


2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651

News and Blogs

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 1:45pm
In May, eight students from the CWI Anthropology Club enjoyed an educational trip to Bend, Ore.
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 2:00pm
On May 1, the CWI Anthropology and Biology Clubs will be raising awareness for proper recycling practices, reducing consumption, and re-purposing.
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 9:00am
A group from CWI took a non-traditional approach to spring break this year, mapping and recording petroglyphs at Celebration Park.
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