Student Opportunities & Services

Student organizations

  • The Anthropology Club is a registered student organization that meets regularly, invites guest speakers, organizes trips and events, and conducts fundraising activities.
  • The Gerontology Club helps you interact with older adults through volunteer and service events. You can also find job leads and improve your professional skills.
  • Lambda Alpha is a national honorary society for anthropology majors.
  • The Sociology Club cultivates students' sociological imagination. This imagination promotes critical thinking skills, which are essential for effective participation in professional, personal and public affairs. The Sociology Club interacts with the community by volunteering with nonprofit organizations.
  • Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is the international honor society for undergraduate sociology majors. The society sponsors student travel to regional meetings, helps with scholarly presentations and provides learning opportunities from speakers and from the scholarly presentations of others. The national honors society sponsors annual student paper contests, presenting awards which include monetary prizes, travel support and scholarships.


Directed, independent research

Advanced students can pursue independent study projects or work one-on-one with a faculty mentor in directed readings and in directed research courses. These students often present the findings of their research at student and professional conferences.

Archeological field schools

The anthropology program offers one or more archaeological field schools for undergraduate students every year. In addition to 3-6 hours of course credit as ANT 351, the field school gives you an opportunity to acquire the basic skills required of a field archaeologist and to see if this is a career for you.

Community engagement


Students can earn course credit by who completing an internship with a private, nonprofit or government agency. An internship will provide you with valuable work experience, develop your professional skills and allow you to explore a career pertaining to field of study.

Service learning and volunteering

We promote the idea of civic engagement, particularly through service-learning opportunities tied to courses. In service-learning, students gain credit by working for local organizations relevant to their major.

The core of public sociology and applied anthropology is civic and community engagement, often in the form of volunteering. The faculty are engaged members of the community and encourage students to be as well.

Education abroad

The department offers regular opportunities for students to gain cross-cultural experience either in a Education Abroad tour or by accompanying faculty members on research projects abroad. Students earn credit in ANT 490

Accessing the tools for success

The Bear CLAW, located on the first floor of Meyer Library, connects you with a variety of academic resources:

Lab classes

Anthropology offers laboratory courses in lithics, zooarchaeology, bioanthropology and historical materials for advanced students. In addition, ANT 505 Ethnohistory and ANT 510 Ethnographic Research Methods are built around field research projects in cultural anthropology.