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Gain an understanding of anthropology and archaeology as cornerstones of an increasingly global world and pursue careers in public service, research or conservation and heritage management.

Anthropology – B.S. in Anthropology, Minor

Anthropology is the study of humankind from a cross-cultural perspective. In the Anthropology program at Montana State, students have the opportunity to investigate a variety of subjects through the lenses of ethnology, archaeology, biological anthropology and linguistics. These studies take students out into field and lab research opportunities across the Mountain West, providing students with a well-rounded knowledge of the theory and practice of anthropology and how to apply those skills to understanding both historical and contemporary social practices.

In addition to the major, anthropology can also be taken as a minor.




Graduates of the Anthropology program include McCall Voy ’19, who earned a Fullbright Teaching English Assistantship to teach in Laos – a program that awards only 2,000 grants annually for study in more than 140 different countries.



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Unique Opportunities
At Montana State, undergraduates are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and in the surrounding wilderness.

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Project Archaeology 
A joint program between Montana State and the Bureau of Land Management, Project Archaeology is a national archaeology education program created to combat vandalism and looting of archaeological sites.

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University of the Yellowstone™
Montana State students make the surrounding Yellowstone ecosystem their classroom, laboratory and playground.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Anthropology students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Field Archaeology
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Museum Education
  • Museum Curation
  • Graduate Study

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.