If you enjoy working with skeletal remains, studying the ways in which human cultural behavior interacts with human biology, and detail oriented work, a Bachelor of Science or Arts in Biological Anthropology will open up opportunities for work and study that will fulfill what are often seen as competing desires. An anthropology major's time frame for degree completion varies with the individual student, but can be attained in four years.

Program Highlights

  • Affordable tuition
  • Hands-on learning opportunities
  • Advisors that care about your success

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Hands-on Learning

We have multiple labs that offer hands-on opportunities for studying skeletal remains and fossil replicas. Our Blackwater Draw Museum gives you the chance to work with museum displays and artifacts, and our field school provides archaeological field experience.

Advising for Biological Anthropology Majors

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.

Active Student Organizations

Mu Alpha Nu, our student anthropology club, provides you the opportunity to use your anthropology skills, and hold leadership positions on campus. The Blackwater Draw Archaeology site and the Blackwater Draw museum offer special opportunites for work and study on and off campus.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

We are committed to helping you finance your 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.

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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in biological anthropology include collections management in museums, osteological analysis in cultural resource management, and forensic anthropology, as well as field and academic research. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median salary for anthropologists and archeologists in 2017 was $62,280.

Some additional careers that anthropology majors can look forward to are:

  • Archivists
  • Curators
  • Technical writers
  • Museum technicians
  • Research assistants
  • Tour guides
  • Park naturalists
  • Cultural resource managers
  • Urban planners
  • Foreign service officers
  • Health researchers
  • Immigrations inspectors

Career Services for ENMU Students

The office of Counseling and Career Services offers job placement assistance to all students.

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High School Courses

If you are interested in pursuing anthropology, you may want to consider taking some classes in computer skills in addition to your normal required classes for English, science, and social science (social studies) during your time in high school. This will help prepare you for college studies.


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Advisor

Kathy Roler Durand

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Professor Emerita of Anthropology

Office Location: Art and Anthropology (AA), Room 133

Phone: 575.562.2303