College of Liberal Arts

Anthropology is unique among the social sciences in considering humankind from a holistic perspective that aims for an understanding of how culture, biology, history, and language intersect. We have a rigorous well-balanced four-field (biological, archaeological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology) undergraduate program. Our faculty ably covers a range of substantive, methodological, and theoretical areas in courses that provide students with a solid grounding in anthropological perspectives. Undergraduates have an opportunity for training in archaeological, osteological, ethnographic, and primatological methods. All these and other topics help students understand ideas and issues that they confront as citizens and in their careers. We encourage hands-on experiences through study abroad, archaeological field schools, internships, and service learning at Purdue and elsewhere.

Anthropology Website

Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. Many majors require that applicants have completed specific coursework, and all have a suggested minimum GPA. The criteria for this major are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these criteria are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students.

Minimum GPA: 2.2


Contact Information

Undergraduate Student Recruitment Office
Phone: 765-494-6291


Undergraduate students who major in anthropology are preparing for graduate school or want a general liberal arts degree. Some also anticipate employment in an industry, which may or may not be related to their interest in anthropology. Students also pursue medical school, law school, teaching careers, or employment in government or nonprofit organizations.

Related Career Interests

Science and Research

Social Science