What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of humans, both past and present. Our field is inherently interdisciplinary and seeks to better understand the human experience through the study of culture, human materials, language, evolution, and more.

What is Anthropology at CC?

Our department offers an expansive outlook on human cultures, providing multiple opportunities for hands-on anthropological fieldwork, including field-based courses and lengthy field trips. The block system promotes creative teaching and rigorous expectations for reading, writing, and critical qualitative and quantitative analysis in anthropology. All four sub-fields of American anthropology are represented in our department: archaeology, which focuses on the material cultures and peoples of the past; biological anthropology, which concentrates on the relationships between culture and biology in the lives of humans and our evolutionary relatives; linguistic anthropology, which addresses both the formal complexity of linguistic systems and the role they play in regulating and negotiating social life; and sociocultural anthropology, which concentrates on contemporary peoples and their values, practices and organization.

Major Requirements

Anthropology majors will need to complete a minimum of twelve units of coursework. These include two required, discipline-wide courses: AN215 Anthropological Theory and AN315 Senior Seminar in Anthropology. The major also requires at least one course in each of the four subfields: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Sociocultural Anthropology. Finally, anthropology majors are required to take at least two courses with the department's "Method" designation and at least three courses at the 300 level (other than AN315).

Minor Requirements

Anthropology minors will need to complete a minimum of five units of coursework. These include courses in at least two of the four major subfields: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Sociocultural Anthropology. Minors will also need to take at least one course at the 300 level.

For more information about our requirements and courses, course descriptions, and the schedule for this academic year, please follow the links below.

Contact the Department

Mailing Address

The Colorado College
Department of Anthropology
14 East Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Physical Address

Anthropology Department Office
1040 North Nevada Ave.
Barnes Science Center
Room 302

Call or Email

Telephone: (719) 389-6358
Fax: (719) 389-6258
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