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University of Richmond

Program description


Anthropologists study what it means to be human from past to the present day. Anthropologists want to know how humans evolved, the commonalities among humans and also, the extent of their diversity. They are curious about how humans adapt to physical and social environments and how they use symbols, or language, to interact.

At Richmond, students primarily study cultural anthropology, which is the study of living cultures. Cultural anthropology is the largest field of specialty among others like archeology (the study of extinct cultures), anthropological linguistics (the study of language among cultures) and physical anthropology (the study of evolution). Today cultural anthropology itself has subdivided into a number of narrow specialties such as economic anthropology, environmental anthropology, medical anthropology, legal anthropology and political anthropology. Regardless of their area of interest, anthropology students will find that their Richmond education provides a strong base from which to advance as their interests solidify.

Admission requirements

Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma (or recognized equivalent), and must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school coursework. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and a second language (two units of the same language, including American Sign Language).

International Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Policy

You can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Having been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for four years.
  • Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
  • Obtaining a score of 28 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
  • Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Anthropology courses

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Field Methods in Ethnography
  • Selected Topics in Anthropology
  • Cultural Theory
  • Sexuality and Gender Across Cultures
  • Medicine and Health from a Global/Anthropological Perspective
  • Biopolitics in Medical Anthropology
  • Tourism and Anthropology
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
  • Latin America: An Ethnographic Perspective
  • Anthropology of Human Rights
  • Anthropology of Race
  • Law and Order: The Anthropology of Justice
  • Sex and Gender in the Middle East
  • Selected Topics in Anthropology
  • Individual Internship
  • Capstone Seminar
  • Honors Independent Study
  • Honors Thesis
  • Summer Undergraduate Research
  • Directed Independent Study
  • Directed Independent Study
  • Research Practicum

Anthropology Major & Minor Courses

  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Introductory Linguistics
  • Anthropology of Music

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is $56,860 per year.


Skills You Will Gain as a Anthropology Major

  • Understanding group dynamics
  • Presenting/defending a position
  • Utilizing statistical applications
  • Identifying value systems
  • Applying non-intrusive methods
  • Planning long-term projects
  • Reaching new conclusions through comparative studies

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University of Richmond

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University of Richmond

410 Westhampton Way
23173 Richmond Virginia
United States of America

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