Program Details

Our A.A. with Emphasis in Anthropology program will introduce you to the field of anthropology as a whole. You will be encouraged to find your own anthropological direction as you prepare for more rigorous future education.

The comprehensive study of humanity, anthropology features four subfields: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.

Connecting these subfields involves a series of approaches that empowers you to become comparative in scope, evolutionary in depth, and holistic in perspective.

Anthropology at Inver Hills

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Transfer Information

Completing your A.A. with Emphasis in Anthropology puts you on the transfer track to the following Minnesota State universities:

Student Clubs

Anthropology Club

Purpose: To explore the vast field of anthropology and garner student interest.


Katie Nelson, PhD
Anthropology Faculty
Anthropology Club Faculty Advisor

Anthropology at Inver Hills Adds Up

What you’ll accomplish as a student in our Anthropology program:

  1. Work directly with expert, student-focused anthropology faculty
  2. Get firsthand experience investigating real-world anthropology issues
  3. Develop critical thinking skills that carry over to virtually any field
  4. Earn an A.A. that paves the way to your bachelor’s degree
  5. Benefit from small class sizes and collaborating with likeminded classmates
  6. Increase your ability to identify and solve complex problems
  7. Learn how to write clearly and effectively across multiple genres
  8. Challenge your assumptions and gain extraordinary insights into life
  9. Better understand the wonders and turmoil of the human experience
  10. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt

According to U.S. News & World Report, national student loan debt topped $1.7 trillion in the second quarter of 2021, or roughly $740 billion more than U.S. total credit card debt.

In Minnesota, 900,000 student loan borrowers owe an average $31,250 in federal and private student debt. That debt translates into an average monthly payment topping $250. 

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,500. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000+ at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver Hills getting a topflight, hands-on education from knowledgeable, caring and experienced faculty and then transfer to a four-year school as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars.