Anthropology - Coastal Carolina University
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With an Anthropology concentration in the Anthropology and Geography major, you will join the anthropologists and geographers who work together to study the intersections between our cultural and physical world. Anthropology is the study of humankind, and our faculty hold expertise in archaeology, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology. Together, we work as archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, museum technicians, and environmental scientists to investigate current topics such as sustainability, climate change, forensic anthropology, archaeology, and the preservation of our cultural heritage. Our research takes us into the field, here in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and around the world, where we focus on the lives, lifeways, and environments of people in the past and present.

BA Anthropology Concentration - Anthropology & Geography

Minor Anthropology

Certificate Applied Archaeology



Experiential Opportunities

For students of anthropology and geography, the entire world is a classroom. Through our regional and international partnerships, programs, and field schools, you will get the hands-on experience that will help you succeed after graduation.

Students standing outside Ghanaian university.

Study Abroad in Trinidad, Japan, France, and the Phillippines

Student sifting dirt and materials at Brookgreen Gardens dig.

Brookgreen Gardens Field School

Students sitting near dig marker during field work.

Prehistoric Archaeology Field School

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With our labs and equipment, you will leave the Anthropology & Geography program ready to step into further academic research or a career in the field.

Student holding skull and measuring instrument in archaeology lab.

Anthropology and Geography Lab

Student using 3D printer to create an artifact.

3D Printers and Scanners

Digital Commons




In the first two years, you will take a range of cross-listed and integrated courses in both disciplines. By your last two years, you will take upper-level methods and topics classes in your chosen concentration.

Foundations (7 Courses)

ANTH 101/L | Primates, People, and Prehistory
ANTH 102 | Understanding World Cultures
GEOG 121 | World Regional Geography
GEOG 200 | Digital Earth
GEOG 201/L | Physical Geography
ANTH 120/GEOG 120 | Cultures and Environments
ANTH 300/GEOG 300 | Human Landscapes

Concentration (7 Courses)

2 Methods Courses 


Anthropology Concentration
ANTH 301 | Anthropological Theory
4 ANTH Courses
2 GEOG Courses

Capstone (1 Course)

ANTH/GEOG 498 | Capstone

Major Requirements  »
Sample 4-Year Plan  »



Minors and Certificates

Anthropology Minor

An Anthropology minor adds a holistic component to human biological sciences, social sciences, and humanities majors, and is an asset to those entering an ever-expanding global market, where an understanding of human diversity, past and present, provides a competitive and functional edge. In addition to introductory required courses, minors take advantage of upper-level anthropology electives and may participate in field studies, laboratory analysis, seminars, advanced methods courses, or internships.

Minor Requirements  »

Certificate in Applied Archaeology

The Certificate in Applied Archaeology is designed to provide you with hands-on training in archaeological methods. This training prepares you for employment as an archaeological field and laboratory technician in the cultural resource management industry. As a supplement to a range of majors and minors, the Applied Archaeology Certificate requires 13 credit hours of training and provides the minimum employment qualifications for jobs in the discipline.

Certificate Requirements  »



Program Faculty Spotlight

The Anthropology and Geography department has award-winning faculty whose active research involves students.

Priscilla Meyers

Lori Fields

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Primatology, Ethnoprimatology, Human-nonhuman Primate Interactions, Indigenous Knowledge

Jonathan Doe

Gillian Richards-Greaves

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Anthropology, African Diaspora through Music and Foodways


David Palmer

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Archaeology, Lowcountry and Enslaved African Landscapes

Amanda Green
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Student and Alumni Work

  • Sydney James (2019)

    After attending the highly selective Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya, James went on to study at archaeology at the graduate level.

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  • Alumni Spotlight - Emilie Skartvedt (938x672) Tapestry Fall 2018

    Emilie Skartvedt

    Skartvedt, who graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and minor in anthropology, began a position a few months later doing exactly what she was trained to do.

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  • Detailed shot of child's hand on 3D printed tool and description in Braille.

    Printing the Past: SC in 3D

    CCU students collaborate with area museum to create a renewable, accessible, and award-winning exhibit.

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Other Concentrations and Certificates

If you're interested in anthropology and archaeology, explore the Geography-focused concentrations and minors.

Related Degree Programs



Application Requirements

» Application

» $45 Application Fee

» Official Transcripts (Highschool, Secondary School, or Previous College)

» SAT/ACT Test Scores (optional)

For International Students

» Proof of English Proficiency (ESL Students)

» Passport


Get in Touch

Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the program's contact. You can also visit the department site or follow them on social media to learn more about the great work our students and faculty are doing.


Program Contact

Carolyn Dillian (Added 11/19/20) AC

Carolyn Dillian
Chair, Anthropology and Geography


Angelia Cartrette
Administrative Specialist

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