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Anthropology B.A., B.S.
Anthropology B.A., B.S.

Anthropology B.A., B.S.

  • ID:GVSU10008
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

Students will need to submit official copies of external exam scores, as well as official copies of internal grades. We generally advise applicants to submit secondary school (high school) official transcripts for grades 9 through 12, in order to ensure prompt processing.

  • Original, attested, or certified copy of all academic records from all secondary schools and/or universities you have attended

  • Diplomas or graduate certificates from all high schools or universities where you have earned a degree

  • National exit test results (if applicable)

  • Students taking the WAEC will need to submit an unused scratch card with their application.

English Requirements

For admission, all international students must take one of the approved English proficiency exams, complete level 112 at ELS Language Center or take the ACT or SAT.

Send exam test results directly to Grand Valley. 

  • TOEFL: 80 (we do not accept "My Best" score for admission)

  • IELTS: 6.5

  • MELAB: 77

  • PTE: 53

Send official SAT and/or ACT test scores directly to Grand Valley

If you are from a TOEFL/IELTS waiver country, you must submit an SAT/ACT instead of an English proficiency test.

TOEFL/IELTS waiver countries:

Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, North Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Christopher-Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Other Requirements


Undergraduate students must have sufficient finances to cover tuition, fees, and housing costs for one year at Grand Valley. Undergraduate students must have a minimum of $29,750 USD in financial support.  If a student will not be paying for their education on their own, sponsors must be identified on the statement of financial support which can be found on page 6 of the international student application. 

Students or the sponsor(s) of a student must send the following documents to for an I-20 to be created:

  • Statement of Financial Support 

  • Bank statement shows a minimum balance of $29,750 USD. Bank statement balances can be listed in the student/sponsors local currency. As long as the balance, when converted into USD, meets the minimum amount required then your documents will be accepted. If you are unsure how your local currency will convert into USD, you may use the XE Currency Converter. 

    • Must show at least 3 months of transaction history on the account 

    • Must be less than six months old 

 Students who will be supported by an institution, foundation, or government agency, your financial sponsor must submit a letter of support on official letterhead. The letter must include:

  • Grand Valley State University

  • Specify the expenses to be paid on your behalf

  • Indicate that the institution or agency has adequate financial resources to guarantee your first year of study

Course Information

The anthropology program is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students can major in anthropology or they can combine the study of anthropology with other majors or minors. The following anthropology degrees are offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

A certificate in applied anthropology is also available to degree-seeking students.


  • Anthropological perspectives provide students with unique abilities to contribute to standard job skills such as: diversity sensitivity, management, interviewing techniques, research/program design, statistical/survey techniques, teaching/training, and communication.

  • Business Insider notes anthropologists are hired by such companies as Microsoft and Google for "cultural expertise."

  • Participate in program-sponsored, locally based field schools in archaeology and cultural anthropology. Explore opportunities for fieldwork and study abroad with faculty.

  • Postfield independent research is conducted through the anthropology lab.

  • Scholarship awards and membership opportunities in Lambda Alpha, the national anthropology honor society.

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Core coursework includes the following:

  • Archaeology

  • Anthropological theory

  • Bioanthropology

  • Cultural anthropology

  • Human origins

  • Practicing anthropology

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Anthropologists enjoy a variety of career options, including working with:

  • Archaeology agencies

  • Consumer groups

  • Developing countries

  • Environmental groups

  • International agencies

  • Law firms

  • Minority and women's groups

  • Museums

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Medical insurance: 1,999 $ USD per year

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