Career Outlook

The DC area is one of the highest paying regions in America for anthropologists, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018).

Top employers for undergraduates from AU's Department of Anthropology

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Federal Defenders of New York
  • Prince George's County Public Schools
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • Smithsonian Institution

See more about AU anthropology alumni career information.

Anthropology (BA)

Offered by the Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences.


Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major by the department's undergraduate studies director requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and a grade point average of 2.00 or higher in two anthropology courses.

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum.

Major Requirements

  • 48 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 27 credit hours at or above 300-level

Course Requirements

Core (24 credit hours)

Fieldwork (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Note: Other fieldwork, including study abroad programs or community service-learning projects, may be used with advisor approval.

Electives (21 credit hours)

Complete 21 credit hours from the following, with a minimum of 12 credit hours at or above 300-level:

Combined Anthropology (BA) and Public Anthropology (MA)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor's / Master's Program and Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs:

  • Interest in this program should be discussed with members of the faculty before formal application is begun.