Students conducting an archaeological excavation

Our Anthropology program provides you with exciting hands-on experiences including student-led research, that positively impact local, regional and state communities.

Anthropology examines the social, cultural, and biological diversity of humans across the globe and through time. It gives you the kind of global and comprehensive knowledge necessary for succeeding in our complex, interdependent, and increasingly trans-cultural world. The program incorporates fieldwork and research experiences — locally, regionally and abroad, depending on your interest.

Foundation courses in Anthropology are at the heart of our program, but so, too, is our commitment to giving you the freedom to personalize a significant part of your educational experience. You’ll work closely with your faculty advisors to develop a coherent, tailor-made course of study — one that complements your own individual educational and professional goals.

What can you do with a degree in Anthropology?

The Anthropology program provides you with the knowledge and experience for a variety of possible career paths: social services, public health, government/public policy, education, archaeology and cultural resource management, museum studies, social justice advocacy, urban planning, non-profit organizing, and community/international development, and more. It will also prepare you for further academic study in anthropology or related disciplines.

Travel Opportunities

The campus has a student-run Anthropology Club, where like-minded students organize and go on field trips, travel to and participate in professional anthropology conferences and collaborate on anthropology projects. In addition, faculty have led student trips to conferences such as the annual Society for Applied Anthropology National Conference in Philadelphia; Portland, Oregon and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Plus, Anthropology students have participated in a faculty-led summer-long travel course to Peru where they conducted field excavations / surveys and other research.

Hands-on Experience & Internships

The UMF Anthropology program partners with Northeast Archaeology Research Center, a privately owned consulting company located minutes from campus in Farmington. The organization offers UMF Anthropology students internships where they learn hands-on skills in providing cultural resource consulting for corporate, private, federal, state and municipal entities, primarily in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Interns can learn:

  • terrestrial archaeology
  • remote sensing
  • underwater archaeology
  • architectural history and documentation
  • GIS resource mapping
  • historic background research
  • historic context development
  • Native American consultation
  • public education & outreach
  • regulatory consultation & compliance
  • and more

In addition to internships at the Northeast Archaeology Research Center, Anthropology students have also interned at the Maine State Archives, the Nordica Homestead Museum, the Franklin County Animal Shelter and more.


This program qualifies for a New England Regional Student Program tuition discount of nearly $5,000 for residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Canada.