Forensic Anthropology Program

Western’s Forensic Anthropology Program will prepare you to study human skeletons in a legal context. Routinely, forensic anthropologists examine badly decomposed or severely damaged human bodies and work hand-in-hand with local authorities to identify human remains. They are often called upon to assist in the search and recovery of human remains during large-scale disasters such as the bombing of the World Trade Center in 2001.

Through a vigorously designed curriculum, which offers a B.S. in Anthropology-forensic anthropology concentration and a minor, you’ll be trained to compete across the globe and throughout the region with the most skilled in this field of unlimited opportunity.

Our courses and lab time are designed to offer you hands-on experience that will adapt to virtually any professional situation to follow in your career. You will become proficient at identifying human remains, determining effects of decomposition on the human body, and analyzing injuries to the human skeleton.

The Western Carolina Human Identification Laboratory (WCHIL) is a fully equipped human identification lab dedicated to the recovery, storage, and analysis of human remains. 

For more information, contact the Forensic Anthropology Program.


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