Be adventurous

Desert fieldwork
Anthropology student Leigh Riley
Prayers in Nizamuddin
Carribean baseball
Student lab work

The Bachelor of Arts with major in Anthropology at UVM is flexible enough for you to pursue specialized interests in the discipline. In addition to a more generalized program, concentrations or major foci include archaeology and heritage management, anthropology of global health, and social action.




Anthropology with a Concentration in Archaeology and Heritage Management

Students interested in the study of past human cultures, the preservation and interpretation of archaeological sites and the management of cultural resources will want to consider tailoring their anthropology major major to focus on archaeology and heritage management. We suggest courses that enable you to study major developments in human history, apply archaeological methods to the investigation of specific cultures and regions, and build professional skills surrounding the protection, preservation and interpretation of archaeological cultures, sites, and objects.

Anthropology with a Concentration in Global Health

If you are interested in human health and its variation within and across different populations, cultures, and societies, you'll want to consider tailoring your major or minor in anthropology with a focus on global health. We offer a variety of courses centered on biological and cultural anthropology and related to the body and health in varying cultural, social, and environmental settings. These courses are designed for students with an interest in biological anthropology, medical anthropology, diversity and health, and public and global health.

Course listing Fall 2020 (PDF) 

Anthropology Major Concentration in Global Health

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Beyond the classroom

Anthropology is a living discipline, and the classroom at UVM extends to many locations here in Vermont and abroad. Faculty in our department regularly teach topical classes related to their ongoing research, and students often collaborate with their instructors on curring edge research. At UVM, you will gain practical field experience and an opportunity to do important research that has real world outcomes--before you graduate. 




  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Education
  • Forensics
  • Health (international/public health)
  • International Development
  • Law, Criminal Justice
  • Research

Where alumni work

  • Cities & municipalities
  • Colleges & universities
  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Law firms
  • Media production companies
  • Museums and libraries
  • Research Institutes

Graduate Schools

  • Brandeis University
  • Boston University
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Sussex
  • Parson's School of Design (New School)
  • University of Maine
  • University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Bard College

Related Information

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BA degree, students will be able to:

  • Provide an anthropological definition of culture and give examples of how culture shapes human life in diverse ways
  • Distinguish the ways in which anthropologists examine and analyze human diversity across time and space
  • Recognize how the four subfields of anthropology (cultural, linguistic, biological, archaeological) differ in focus, methodologies, and conceptual approaches
  • Demonstrate how an anthropological approach can be applied to a range of complex social issues in diverse settings
  • Recognize ethical dilemmas in anthropology and ethical principles in research and other practice
  • Develop and communicate anthropological research questions, access and analyze scholarly literature, and outline appropriate research methods and approaches