Anthropology

Learn, Explore, and Unlock the Rich Tapestry of the World's Cultures

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Program Overview

Picture yourself unlocking the mysteries of human cultures at College of Western Idaho (CWI). In the Anthropology program, you are not just learning about diverse societies; you are actively engaging with the rich tapestry of human history and contemporary life. Here, you will explore human diversity and complexity through a holistic approach, learning to critically engage with various cultures and appreciate the interconnected relationship between humans and their environment.

Your journey at CWI is further enriched by the opportunity to join the Anthropology Club, where you can connect with peers, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and participate in fieldwork and cultural activities. Not just about academic enrichment the Anthropology Club a gateway to building relationships, developing leadership skills, and immersing yourself in the field of anthropology. With online and in-person options, every student has access to a comprehensive and supportive learning environment.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Arts

Fully Online

Cost

$8,560

Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

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Learning Opportunities

  • Dive into Diverse Human Societies: Explore the variety and depth of human cultures and histories.
  • Anthropology Club Involvement: Engage with the Anthropology Club for networking, fieldwork, and cultural experiences.
  • Develop Research & Analytical Skills: Sharpen your ability to ask critical questions and analyze data.
  • Prepare for a Globalized Career: Lay the groundwork for diverse career paths in cultural resource management, academia, and beyond.
  • Flexible Online Learning: Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of online program offerings.

Enhance Your Experience

Your experience in the Anthropology program at CWI provides you access to national organizations to enhance your educational experience:

  • Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society: fellowship, mentoring, and scholarship opportunities
  • Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges: networking, mentoring, national conferences, and award opportunities

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Anthropology – Associate of Arts Degree

2

YEARS

AA

Available Fully Online

Degree Requirements

Cost: $8,560

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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers

    1434

    Annual Openings*

    $35.69

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $74,235

    Annual Median Salary

    45.6%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Managers, All Other

    All managers not listed separately.

    548

    Annual Openings*

    $27.11

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $56,389

    Annual Median Salary

    27.37%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Anthropologists and Archeologists

    Study the origin, development, and behavior of human beings. May study the way of life, language, or physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world. May engage in systematic recovery and examination of material evidence, such as tools or pottery remaining from past human cultures, in order to determine the history, customs, and living habits of earlier civilizations.

    14

    Annual Openings*

    $33.39

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $69,451

    Annual Median Salary

    20.87%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

"CWI has a sense of community and family that is hard to find at larger institutions." Read more > about A Better Self
Katt Grossman
2016 Graduate, Anthropology, Geography & History

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  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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Clubs

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Anthropology Club

Explore and study the various aspects of human beings and discover your interests and niche in the field of anthropology in College of Western Idaho's Anthropology Club. Through participation in field trips, interactive events, and guest speakers, involvement in this club can help broaden your perspective of the study of anthropology.

News

Learn more about how the ancient Maya constructed their buildings, temples, and other architecture at a guest presentation hosted by CWI’s Anthropology Club and program.

Read more about Archaeological Experiments in Ancient Maya Stone Quarries

Former tribal Chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, Darren Parry, visited College of Western Idaho for a presentation on the 160th anniversary of the Bear River Massacre.

Read more about Parry Visits CWI to Commemorate 160th Anniversary of Bear River Massacre

College of Western Idaho Anthropology Club, School of Arts and Humanities, School of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, and Inclusive Excellence Committee are hosting former...

Read more about History, Healing and Re-STORY-ation: The Bear River Massacre

Seventy students, professors, and industry professionals from around the Gem State were at College of Western Idaho this past weekend for the 48th Annual Idaho Archeological Society Conference.

Read more about Idaho Archeological Society Annual Conference Hosted at CWI Sees Great Turnout

College of Western Idaho’s Anthropology Club will host the 48th Annual Idaho Archeological Society Conference on Saturday, Oct. 22. It is free and open to the public.

Read more about Anthropology Club Hosts Idaho Archeological Society Annual Conference

College of Western Idaho’s Anthropology Club has teamed up the Bureau of Land Management to connect people, culture, ecology, and stewardship and preservation of public lands and waterways to...

Read more about Anthropology Club Connecting with Younger Generation to Share Principles of Preservation, Stewardship, and More

CWI will celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 10 with food and activities and a cultural presentation from a student who will share her own experience learning about her Indigenous roots....

Read more about Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with CWI

Join CWI Anthropology Professor, Nikki Gorrell, Tuesday, March 10, for a discussion on her fieldwork in Mayan communities.

Read more about The Maya: Past, Present, and Future

Congratulations to Kathy Guthrie, College of Western Idaho’s Staff of the Month for July 2019.

Read more about Staff of the Month—July 2019

Students at Compass Public Charter School participate in College of Western Idaho Anthropology Club’s inaugural Adventure Race.  

Read more about Adventure Race Brings Learning to Life

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Faculty who teach General Education courses recognized for exemplary teaching, creativity, excellence, delivery, and service.

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