Anthropology student performing research in a classroom.


Anthropology is the study of people: what it means to be human, how we communicate, origins of cultures, comparing cultures and histories, and historical and environmental factors influencing behavior and worldviews. This discipline includes archaeology and cultural anthropology (the department’s specialty areas), as well as physical anthropology and linguistics.

Customize your degree with:
Minors available in

  • American Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Historical Studies
  • International Studies
  • Law and Society
  • Social and Behavioral Studies

Take courses like:

  • Historical Archaeology
  • History of Social Thought
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Sustainability Science, Policy, and Assessment
  • Social Problems

Get hands-on experience like:

  • Working with faculty mentors on research and projects involving the early history of mining in the Copper Country and other local history projects
  • Conducting your own undergraduate research project through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program
  • Partner with students in civil engineering to explore the renovation of the 1880’s fire hall that was Michigan Tech’s first classroom.
  • Collaborate with local tribal organizations to develop language revitalization programs among Native Americans.

Get a job like:

  • Anthropologist
  • Professor
  • Manager

Work for companies like:

  • Government Agencies
  • Planning Agencies
  • Graduate School

Learn more about anthropology at Michigan Tech!