Why study Anthropology at Washburn?

Are you curious about cultures, people, history, and how people engage with the world around them? Consider anthropology.

While an anthropology degree can open the door to many careers that require a bachelor’s degree, it’s also a path to a remarkably varied field that can provide work in a variety of settings – from outside dealing with artifacts to in community rooms working to uncover the best path forward on a tricky issue.

At Washburn, you’ll learn with experts in the field who provide opportunities to build your own skills through research, practice and specialized training.

Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $51,850on campus
A skull rests on the table as a student takes notes in class

What is Anthropology?

Anthropologists try to answer the fundamental question “What makes us human?” through a global and holistic approach. American anthropology includes four subfields:

  • Archaeology - the study of human past
  • Biological Anthropology - the study of human evolution and variation
  • Cultural Anthropology - the study of human cultures
  • Linguistic Anthropology - the study of human languages

Washburn's Forensic Anthropology concentration applies the anthropological subfields of biological, archaeology and cultural anthropology in a medico-legal context.

Anthropology students discuss their work during a poster presentation.

What sets Anthropology at Washburn apart?

  • Archaeological field school and community-engaged coursework bring careers in anthropology to life, whether you want to work with non-profits, business or government agencies.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to complete original research with faculty mentors and to present your research at international, national or regional conferences.
  • Scholarships are available for returning students.
  • Find your people on campus with the Sociology/Anthropology Club.

Meet alumna Sabrina Jones

“I do all the artifact processing (washing, identification/analysis, curation prep, data entry, etc.) for all phase I-III archaeological surveys conducted by the company for Section 106 (of the National Historic Preservation Act) and other compliance related requirements. We do a ton of work with the NPS (National Park Service) and the Department of Defense, as well as lots of smaller entities across the country. I literally use what I learned at Washburn every single day in my job!”

- Sabrina Jones, ba anthropology, research analyst/lab technician at a Kansas City engineering firm

Set for Success

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook

Qualities for success


Interested in diversity and cultures


Open to new experiences and cultures

Student/faculty ratio


Specialized experiences

Kansas State Historical Society partnership

Archeological Field School

Cultural Anthropology is happening now – real-world opportunities

Study Abroad experiences led by faculty


GET IN TOUCH WITH Sociology & Anthropology department

Sociology & Anthropology department
Henderson Learning Resource Center, Room 218
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone: 785.670.1608
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