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Anthropology is the study of both the biological and cultural diversity of humankind. Anthropologists are interested in every aspect that defines what it is to be human.  They pursue that interest by studying: the wide range of contemporary human societies; by interpreting the past through the material records left by earlier civilizations; by piecing together the biological development of human beings through the fossil record; and by recording and analyzing many of the undocumented languages of the world’s remaining tribal peoples. All of these activities involve what anthropologists call ‘fieldwork.’

Fieldwork is research that is undertaken outside of the college classroom, often in an environment that is both beautiful and challenging.  The anthropology program at Cleveland State University includes fieldwork as well as laboratory analysis as central parts of the curriculum.


The first question that anyone asks an anthropology major is, “What can you do with a degree in anthropology?” While there are few employers in Cleveland who advertise for anthropologists, the training in social science methods and the acquisition of a thorough understanding of global human diversity that are part of the program of study in anthropology are qualifications that strengthen the resume of any job seeker.

Some Cleveland State University graduates in anthropology pursue further study in anthropology. Some even go on to earn their doctorates. The department has two faculty members who earned their bachelors’ degrees in anthropology from Cleveland State. Other graduates pursue graduate study in related areas such as sociology, communications, linguistics, and urban studies. Some anthropology majors obtain secondary-level certification in social studies. Graduates with an interest in archaeology can pursue employment through contract archaeology firms in the private and public sectors. One Cleveland State graduate began her own contract archaeology firm in southern Ohio. .


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Anthropology major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

Depending on their specific interests, anthropology majors often pursue minors in biology, chemistry, geology, linguistics, foreign language, sociology, or urban studies.

+ The majority of course offerings in anthropology are in the day. In the summer semester, courses are offered on Saturdays as well as off-campus. The major can be completed on a part-time basis.

All degree seeking students are required to complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) courses. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University's General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at

For more information, contact:
Department of Anthropology
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, CB 119
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.2414

For official requirements for a degree in this major, see the Undergraduate Catalog.