Bachelor of Science or Arts in Anthropology, Emphasis in Archaeology

Starting July 1st, this emphasis will be discontinued and replaced by the Bachelor of Science or Arts in Anthropology. This change aims to provide a more comprehensive and up-to-date curriculum that better aligns with the current demands of the field. Please see the Bachelor of Science or Arts in Anthrpology for the new degree information.

If you enjoy history, outdoor activities and detail-oriented work, a degree in archaeology will open up opportunities for work and research as part of a fulfilling career. Our program prepares students who want to immediately work in the field as well as those who want to pursue a graduate degree in anthropology. Our department has several practicing archaeologists, with specialties including: Geoarchaeology, ceramic analysis, historic preservation, cultural resource management, Paleoindian archaeology, plains archaeology, osteology and faunal analysis. Our broad range of specialties allows us to offer a variety of archaeology-focused courses. The time frame for completion of your degree in anthropology will vary for each student, but you can reasonably attain this degree in four years.

Special Services and Opportunities

We offer many opportunities for hands-on learning by providing a wide variety of lab classes which enable you to learn how to work and analyze artifacts first hand. Our Blackwater Draw Museum gives you the chance to work with the display and cataloging of important collections and analysis of artifacts and our field school provides archaeological field experience at a variety of sites across New Mexico.


Our faculty members are committed to responsible academic advising. We are specialists in our areas of advising and are current with graduation requirements for the programs we advise. We have a reputable record regarding student success in the anthropology field.

Service and Mutual Interest Organizations

Mu Alpha Nu, our student club, provides you the opportunity to use your anthropology skills, participate in field trips and hold leadership positions on campus. The Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark and the Blackwater Draw Museum offer special opportunities on and off campus.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Eastern New Mexico University is committed to helping students finance their education. In addition to grants, loans, and scholarships offered University-wide, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers 37 scholarships for current ENMU students, including the Anthropology Faculty Scholarship and the Peggy Tozer Scholarship in Anthropology, both exclusively for anthropology students. ENMU is also one of only three universities in New Mexico where you can qualify to receive the Cheryl L. Wase Memorial Scholarship for the Study of Archaeology for up to five years of funding from the Society for American Archaeology. Additionally, many Eastern students work part-time jobs to help finance their education.

Career Opportunities

If you are an anthropology major with an emphasis in archaeology, you can look forward to a variety of career positions including:

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Technical writer
  • Museum technician
  • Research assistant
  • Tour guide
  • Park naturalist
  • Cultural resource manager
  • Urban planner

ENMU Counseling and Career Services offers free job placement assistance to all ENMU students.

High School Courses

If you are interested in pursuing anthropology, the following high school courses will help prepare you for college studies: computer skills and normal high school graduation requirements for English, science, and social science (social studies).

Additional Degree Information

Click here to find additional information about the Bachelor of Science or Arts in Anthropology with emphasis in archaeology degree, including the courses you will take when you're an archaeology major at Eastern.

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