Anthropology, Archaeology & Geography, B.S.

Explore the rich tapestry of human history and learn to analyze the present from multiple perspectives. A B.S. in Anthropology, Archaeology & Geography from Vermont State University will equip you to use insights and tools from all three fields to unravel the mysteries of the past and solve the complex problems of today.

Building on core courses that cover the fundamentals of each discipline, you’ll choose from a rich set of electives to customize your degree. Fieldwork, internships, and experience with cutting-edge technologies like 3D scanning and geographic information systems (GIS) will prepare you with in-demand skills.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for graduate studies or to pursue a career in areas including international relations, cultural resource management, ecotourism, GIS, and museums.

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Professor of Geography


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Why Study Anthropology, Archaeology & Geography at Vermont State?

  • Three fields, one program: Gain a deeper perspective by learning the principles and techniques from three disciplines in the only program of its kind in New England. ​​It’s like having the best of an anthropology degree, an archaeology degree, and a geography degree all in one. Archaeology studies the human past through material remains. Geography examines human and environmental relations through spatial analyses. Anthropology aims to understand human culture and its development. Together, these fields present an impressive array of theoretical approaches and analytical skills that prepare you to make a unique contribution to the field of your choosing.​​.
  • Plentiful career options: Keep your options open. With knowledge of three disciplines, hands-on experience in the techniques of field research, and the opportunity to develop skills in the software and hardware used in advanced spatial and artifact analysis, you can choose from a vast range of career paths, including international relations, cultural resource management, ecotourism, sustainability, geographic information systems, medical anthropology, ethnographic research, and museum management. The major also has an emphasis on cultural anthropology and ethnographic work which connects well to the fields of holistic health and psychology.
  • In-demand tech skills: Get ready for jobs in geospatial analytics. This area is growing rapidly as advancing technology empowers organizations to use spatial data in everything from manufacturing to surveying to historical preservation. At Vermont State, you’ll work with cutting-edge technologies such as 3D scanning, imaging, and printing; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); ground-penetrating radar; and virtual reality devices that will give you market-ready skills in this dynamic area.
  • Hands-on learning: Get your hands dirty. Literally. All courses include experiential learning outside of the classroom, including opportunities to participate in historical research in the on-campus Granger House Project. Take part in summer archaeological digs or international humanitarian aid work for unforgettable educational experiences that will shape your career — and your life.
  • Travel opportunities: Travel to other countries to conduct fieldwork in anthropology, archaeology, and geography. While there, you’ll build professional skills, forge new relationships, and broaden your perspective by experiencing a new culture.

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Sample Courses

  • ​​​​Introduction to Archaeology
  • Cultural Geography
  • Field School in Archaeology
  • Anthropology of Food & Ethnocuisine

Student Stories

A woman with long brown hair sits at a desk looking at the camera wearing a hospital mask.

“Digitalizing the artifacts found during the Granger House excavation is a great way to make them more accessible to people … The digital artifact of the clay pipe, for example, is a replica that can be downloaded and 3D-printed, creating a nearly exact copy of the pipe but out of a less fragile material.”

Samantha LaPlante
A group of people stand around an artifact shrouded in a bright light.

“It’s really hard to say what is most valuable from this experience: working with artifacts, the process of 3D scanning, the entire concept of digital archeology. All of this is practical knowledge for my major but it also will help me as a student while I progress through the program.”

Philip Williams
A woman with long brown hair wearing a green hoodie smiles at the camera while leaning against a stone wall.

Like all Vermont State students, Courtney Gabaree didn’t just learn — she worked to make a difference. Courtney interned with the Polaris Project in Washington, D.C., a leading nonprofit dedicated to globally combat human trafficking and slavery. When she returned to Vermont she continued her work with the Attorney General of Vermont to establish the state’s Human Trafficking Task Force and Law Enforcement Advisory Board.

Meet Our Faculty

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Professor of Anthropology

  • Johnson Campus

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Assistant Professor of Archaeology

  • Castleton Campus

Professor of Geography

  • Castleton Campus

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