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Anthropology and Sociology Programs

Study what fascinates you while acquiring a strong liberal arts background.

The skills you’ll learn through our programs are essential to many different careers, which opens more doors than you may think.

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B.A. in Anthropology

Studying the past to help understand the present. Studying other societies to gain a clearer perspective on our own. It’s what anthropologists do every day. Anthropology is the study of humanity, and it includes most any investigation concerned with how people from different cultures and different times behave, think, and interact. Because of this, anthropology proves very useful in outside fields, including business, public service, consulting, and medicine.

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Program Highlights

  • An understanding and respect of people and cultures
  • An appreciation of cultural and biological variation
  • The development of expert analytical, critical-thinking,
    problem-solving, and communication skills
  • Support from the Mastodon community
  • A prestigious Purdue degree



Looking for ways to make paying for college a little easier? ScholarshipUniverse is a tool for current and admitted Purdue Fort Wayne students that allows you to create an academic profile and connect with scholarship opportunities.

Anthropology majors are eligible for the Paul Jean Provost Scholarship in Anthropology based on academic performance and financial need. Two or more scholarships are awarded every year.

For more information about all the scholarships available at Purdue Fort Wayne—including opportunities for specific programs—you can visit the Office of Financial Aid or contact us at [email protected].

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Requirements and Curriculum Overview

Our comprehensive curriculum and diverse requirements will challenge you to go further than you ever imagined. Check out what you can expect as you advance through our program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Achieve familiarity with different cultures in at least two regions of the world
  • Know the major anthropological approaches to understanding the human condition
  • Be able to explain societies in a holistic manner
  • Achieve competency in writing
  • Demonstrate critical thinking
  • Acquire quantitative skills for analysis
  • Demonstrate a willingness to engage learning and scholarship as a lifelong endeavor