Undergraduate Major

As the science of humanity, anthropology takes inspiration from a wide range of disciplines to examine what it means to be human. Driven by a global perspective, faculty research includes field work from the Horn of Africa to our own backyard. Students are encouraged to engage in a variety of anthropological projects, such as working with South Asian communities to build sustainable coastal environments, excavating archaeological sites at nearby Weedon Island, studying the connection between Pacific Island traditional plant knowledge and ecological consciousness and learning how sacred landscapes provide healing in Africa in the aftermath of disasters.

Degree options

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a B.A. in Anthropology on the St. Petersburg campus. View more information about options on the USF Tampa campus.

In addition, our Honors Program provides an individualized research opportunity for high-achieving students.

anthropology at usf st. petersburg campus

The Anthropology program on USF’s St. Petersburg campus focuses its study through the “four-field” approach, emphasizing culture, biology, linguistics and archaeology.

Conducting research in India

A variety of internship opportunities are available, allowing students to curate their experience to their research interests. Past students have secured internships at prestigious organizations and agencies such as the Dalí Museum, Third Millennium Alliance in Ecuador, Kew Botanical Gardens in London and the Department of Homeland Security. Additional extracurricular opportunities include participation in the Anthropology Club, Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honors Society and EcoFem Lab, an interdisciplinary think-tank that explores the hidden connections between environmentalist and feminist ways of understanding the world’s most pressing problems.

Students with an undergraduate degree in anthropology may go on to graduate programs or seek employment in a wide variety of settings including archeology, research on urban community development, work with immigrant populations and research on how best to serve the health, social and educational needs of our increasingly diverse society.


Always refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for degree requirements. Students will normally begin progress toward the major by taking at least one course from the major core, as these often serve as prerequisites for the electives. Students are urged to consult with the anthropology advisor to create the most beneficial set of courses.


For questions about this program, contact an Academic Advisor.