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When you major in anthropology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, you’ll study a variety of aspects of humanity, from human origin and past cultures to traditional and modern societies. Anthropologists investigate human behavior and cultural practices around the world. Embracing a holistic perspective that considers humans at the center of biology, culture and history, anthropologists help people navigate today’s complex and changing world.

The Nebraska Difference


Discover what moves you with a diverse blend of academic disciplines.


Flexibility & Choice

Customize your degree with course choices. Add a minor or second major.


Hands-On Experience

Build knowledge, skills and experience in and out of the classroom.


Limitless Career Paths

Connect your major, interests and goals to any field.

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Program Features

Focus and Range

Dive deep into your anthropology major while taking a wide variety of courses across all areas in the College of Arts and Sciences. Graduate academically well-rounded and eager to keep learning. Use your collaboration and communication skills to address complex problems and make a positive impact professionally and personally.  

1-to-1 Academic Advising and Career Coaching

Along with your faculty, professional academic advisors and career coaches will help you make a one-of-a-kind degree plan. We are focused on your success, while at Nebraska and after graduation, whether your goal is employment or graduate/professional school. 

Reller Prairie Field Station

Just a few miles outside of Lincoln, this reclaimed natural prairie offers unlimited opportunities for experiential learning in archaeology, forensic anthropology, geographic information systems, soil science, insect behavior and more.  

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Notable Courses

Bodies of Evidence: Forensic Anthropology (ANTH 243)

Basic principles of forensic anthropology, including osteology, development of a biological profile, decomposition, trauma and forensic archaeology.

World Archaeology, Global Heritage (ANTH 252)

Introduction to complex societies around the world and the role of archaeological heritage in contemporary debates.

Global Health (ANTH 265)

Historical, biological, economic, medical and social issues surrounding globalization and health consequences.

Primate Behavior and Ecology (ANTH 341)

Physical and behavioral diversity of primates through the evolutionary framework.

Ethnology and Museums (ANTH 418)

Historical and contemporary aspects of the missions, ethical and political issues concerning exhibits and collections held by museums.

Heritage Resource Protection and Management (ANTH 435)

The nature and purpose of historic preservation as it pertains to resource management and archaeological research.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Linguistics intern, Smithsonian
  • Intern, Mojave Desert Museum
  • Federal funding intern, Indian Center, Inc.
  • Professional development and training intern, Duncan Aviation
  • Intern, Washington, D.C. Public Schools


  • Archeologist, Quality Services, Inc.
  • Behavioral health technician, Boys Town
  • Archeology technician, Nebraska National Forest
  • College savings plan representative, Union Bank & Trust
  • Financial representative, Northwestern Mutual

Graduate Schools

  • Master of Science in Forensic Anthropology, Boston University
  • Master’s degree, International Development, Universite Joseph Fourier
  • Master of Arts in Anthropology, University of Montana
  • Ph. D., Rural Sociology, University of Missouri
  • Ph. D., Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

Outside the Classroom

Depending on your major, interests and goals, you can choose to do research, work as an intern, study abroad, become a leader or serve your community. The university’s Experiential Learning requirement ensures you have at least one of these transformative learning experiences; students in the College of Arts and Sciences typically complete at least two.


Academics & Experiential Learning

  • Our motto is Academics + Experience = Opportunities. Employers and graduate/professional schools are looking for students who have a strong academic background and hands-on experience.
  • Anthropology majors regularly engage in research or internships, and many study abroad or get involved in leadership roles on campus and beyond.

Career Preparedness

  • GIST 311: Seminar on Launching Academic and Professional Careers. Explore and prepare for big things after graduation.
  • CASC 200: Career Development in Arts and Sciences. Explore your interests, abilities and values while identifying career options and preparing to apply for internships, jobs or graduate/professional school.


  • Join AnthroGroup to connect with fellow students, faculty and guest speakers within the field of anthropology. Learn about internships and careers, engage in campus and community service and have fun!
  • Work with students and faculty in the School of Global Integrative Studies to maintain the Reller Prairie field school.

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Anthropology major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Nicholas Gordon
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment