Undergraduate Major

Anthropology Major (BA)

Step up, stand out, and gain the skills and unique perspectives necessary to engage with diverse people of the world with a degree in anthropology from Widener.

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Program Overview

Anthropology is a major for those who want to explore foreign cultures and patterns of human behavior in all of their rich diversity. 

At Widener, you'll discover the processes people use to make sense of the world and build valuable critical thinking, communications, and civic engagement skills that will enable you to apply this knowledge in a variety of professional settings such as:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Government offices
  • NGOs
  • Museums and historical preservation societies
  • Cultural resource management firms
  • Service organizations
  • Healthcare agencies
  • Media outlets
  • Design firms

The program is designed to be flexible, encouraging students to pursue a dual major or minor in complementary fields of study, or an accelerated pre-professional pathway.

When you graduate from Widener you will have practical experience from internships, study-abroad opportunities, and faculty-supervised research. Our students have the leadership abilities and professional qualifications desired by employers in today's rapidly changing economy. 

Program Options

The anthropology program's expansive curriculum will prepare you for a rewarding career by helping you earn a degree structured around your interests and professional aspirations. All anthropology students at Widener design a tailored curricular path drawing on the four subfields of anthropology. 

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As an anthropology major, our curriculum enables you to pursue a pre-professional pathways, giving you the flexibility to follow your interests while preparing for a professional career.

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    Our flexible curriculum supports students in pursuing a second major within the College of Arts & Sciences, typically adding no extra cost or time to graduation.

    Common Dual Major Pairings:

    If you are interested in pursuing a dual major within another college or school, please check in with your academic advisor.

    Anthropology students may customize and enhance their academic experience by pursuing a separate undergraduate minor or certificate. 

    Creative Pairings:

    • African & African American Studies Minor
    • Business Minor
    • Environmental Studies Minor

    Explore All Minors & Certificates

    Other majors that are interested in studying anthropology can pursue an anthropology minor. The minor course of study is comprised of an introductory course, a culture area course, and five advanced elective courses.

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    Admission Information

    Applying to Widener is easy—and free! Simply complete our Widener Application or the Common Application. You'll also need your official high school transcript and either an admissions essay or your SAT/ACT scores. We're a test-optional school, so there's no need to submit both.

    Know you're interested in applying to Widener but unsure if you're ready to zero-in on a major? You can apply as an Exploratory Studies student with an undecided major. This program will help you start your college journey on the right foot while you explore which undergraduate program is the right fit for you.

    When to Apply​

    We accept applications on a rolling basis—there are no hard deadlines. Apply when you're ready and we'll take a look as soon as we receive your app. 

    Key dates to keep in mind:​

    • October 1: FAFSA opens for the next academic year (Widener's school code is 003313)​
    • November 1: Early Action deadline and decision notifications begin​

    What to Expect After Applying​

    Once we receive your application and all materials, you can expect to hear back from us quickly. Along with your application decision, you'll also find out about any merit-based scholarship awards. You're automatically considered for merit scholarships as soon as you apply—you don't need to apply separately.

    Learn more about the application process

    If you apply before November 1, you are considered an Early Action applicant which comes with benefits like:

    • Receiving your admissions decision by Thanksgiving
    • Early consideration for merit-based scholarships
    • Early notification of financial aid offers, including need-based awards
    • Priority enrollment for summer registration—where you sign up for classes!

    All applications are non-binding, so why wait? Apply today!

    Our admissions team will help you make the most of college-level credits earned after high school. We maintain strong partnerships and articulation agreements with numerous local community colleges and also accept a wide range of course credits earned at accredited colleges and universities.

    Curious about how many credits may transfer? Email your transcripts to transfer@widener.edu and our transfer coordinator will personally review your coursework as an unofficial credit evaluation. Applicants are given priority during busy seasons, but you don't have to apply to work with our transfer coordinator. 

    Transferring doesn't have to be a guessing game—share your stats and we'll take it from there! 

    Learn more about applying as a transfer student

    Widener University serves as a "second home" for students from around the world. We are located just outside of Philadelphia and close to New York City and Washington, D.C.—offering many unique professional and personal opportunities to explore.

    Want to know what it's like to be an international student on campus or need assistance navigating English proficiency requirements? We're here to help, and our international admissions director will support you through the application process. 

    This support doesn't end with admissions—our International Student Support team will serve as a valuable resource throughout your Widener journey—meeting Visa/immigration requirements, getting acclimated to campus, and much more.

    Learn more about applying as an international student

    Program Highlights

    Our small, interactive class sizes allow you to become part of a learning community that is focused on student success and individual academic support.

    Students in Costa Rica anthropology field work

    Engage in Real-World Learning

    You'll learn field techniques and receive training in a hands-on environment both locally and abroad. Annual field-study trips to Central America and the Caribbean are just a few places where students work collaboratively with local community members to solve challenging social problems.

    Students in Costa Rica collaboration

    Meet Your Second Family

    With opportunities for research collaboration with faculty, and small class sizes, before long your professors and classmates will feel like a second family.  You'll have the opportunity to meet with a faculty advisor regularly to discuss goals and objectives and keep you on track for graduation. 

    Flexible Curriculum

    Here, students can choose to follow a general course of study or an accelerated 3 year pre-professional pathway. Students take courses in each of the four fields of anthropology and choose advanced electives that cater to their individual interests.

    Our program offers courses in the four subfields of anthropology:

    • cultural
    • archaeology
    • linguistics
    • biological (physical) anthropology

    This holistic learning approach provides the opportunity to explore the discipline and build career choices. By understanding all aspects of the human experience you'll be ready to make an immediate impact on the world.

    Clubs & Organizations

    Anthropology majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across and outside of campus to expand their network, including the Anthropology Club and many more. 


    Our professors make you the priority.

    Your Inside Track to Success

    Your Inside Track to Success

    Here, you'll prepare for a fast start and long-term career success. You'll build long lasting connections with your second family of students, faculty, and staff to help you navigate your way after graduation.

    Outlooks & Outcomes

    Potential Careers

    • Consultant
    • Educator 
    • Museum Curator
    • Archaeologist
    • Architect

    Recent Employers

    • U.S. Army
    • College Park Academy
    • Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
    • TEKsystems
    • Chester County Hospital

    Student Stories

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    "As I embark on a career as a human rights lawyer, these experiences have taught me everyone has a story, and you need to ask people about theirs to really begin to know and understand them."

    Rebecca Westrom

    Class of 2021

    Take the Next Steps


    Applying online is easy—and it's free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.

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