Computer Science & Anthropology

What Is It?:

A flexible program for students who plan to pursue technical or professional careers in areas requiring a sound grounding in computer science. In anthropology, both hardware and software are revolutionizing fieldwork, and has also made significant quantitative advances, necessitating specialized computer science skills that are often related to new imaging capacity. Subfields may include biological anthropology, sociocultural, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • CS 125 - Intro to Computer Science
  • CS 173 - Descrete Structures 
  • MATH 220/221, 231, 241 - Calculus sequence
  • ANTH 101 - Intro to Anthropology
  • ANTH 220-Intro to Archaeology (or ANTH 105)
  • ANTH 230-Sociocultural Anthropology (or ANTH 103)
  • ANTH 240-Biological Anthropology (or ANTH 102)
  • ANTH 270-Language in Culture (or ANTH 104)
  • ANTH 374-Anth of Science and Technology (or ANTH 372)

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Software systems
  • Data networking
  • Digital art
  • Inventory management
  • Imaging
  • Networking
  • Site monitoring
  • Data collection

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Experience Researcher 
  • Human Factors Design
  • Human Geographer
  • Data Scientist
  • Archaeological Field Technician
  • Museum Specialist
  • Behavioral/Social Scientist
  • Ethnographic/Qualitative Researcher

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Join a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • iRoboticsA community of students interested in competing in CARD and other robotics competitions, as well as spreading the word of science and technology to the community.
    • Women in Computer Scinece (WCS)Women in Computer Science is a non-profit, educational, service organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of young women who are considering pursuit of a career in computer science or show an overall interest in computers.
    • Anthropology Club/Lambda Alpha (ACLA): We are a group of fun, friendly, dedicated students who love Anthropology! We offer academic guidance and opportunities, form professional networks and organize social events to enrich the experience of students interested in Anthropology.

Related Skills:

  • Ability to analyze & interpret data
  • Advanced quantitative skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • Efficient
  • Logical thinking
  • Numerical computation
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem solving
  • Systemizing skills
  • Team skills
  • Testing skills

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Computer Science & Anthropology, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Computer Science and Anthropology. Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Computer Science & Anthropology. These organizations include American Anthropological Society and American Association for Artifical Intelligence.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Computer Science & Anthropology, visit Undergraduate Programs.