Why study Forensic Anthropology at Washburn?

Did you know Washburn University is one of only two institutions in the US where you can earn a bachelor of science in anthropology with a forensic concentration? And we’re one of only a few universities where you have the opportunity for forensic casework experience as an undergraduate. It’s true. With the Washburn University Forensic Anthropology Recovery Unit (WU-FARU) and Washburn’s partnership with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), you’ll have opportunities here you can’t get anywhere else. Prepare here for the profession you seek – in the lab or in the field.

Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $60,590 with advanced degreeon campus
Two students examine a skull during class

What sets Forensic Anthropology at Washburn apart?

  • Be part of the only program of its kind in the Midwest.
  • You'll learn and work with a board-certified forensic anthropologist while having access to a state-of-the-art laboratory, with lecture and research space in the KBI building, as you complete your education and work toward becoming a key part of a forensic science team.
  • Scholarships are available, in addition to the opportunity for casework experience with the Washburn University Forensic Anthropology Recovery Unit (WU-FARU).
  • Find your people on campus with the Sociology/Anthropology Club and the Forensic Science Club.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to complete original research with faculty mentors, and present your research at local, regional, and national conferences. Some students also have published with faculty mentorship.

Set for success

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook

Qualities for success



Detail oriented

Communication and collaboration 

Student/faculty ratio


Graduate in 4 years


of graduates in the program finish in four years.

Meet graduate Heather Greathouse

Heather Greathouse enjoyed the more personal experience at Washburn, connecting with her professors while pursuing a degree in Forensic Anthropology. The University has one of just two such programs in the United States. Heather is a death investigator for Forensic Medical of Kansas, which is contracted through Shawnee County.

Forensics at Washburn

Other anthropology programs

If you want to explore contemporary or past human cultures, how culture and environment can affect one’s biology, human evolution and our closely related nonhuman primates, or even the development and social maintenance of human languages, anthropology may be the right discipline for you.

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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