2020-2021 Anthropology Graduate

Samuel Joel Jensen

Bachelor's in Anthropology: Archaeology Emphasis

What is your favorite thing about BYU?

My favorite thing about BYU has been all the opportunities I have had to participate in research and real, meaningful projects. It has allowed me to meet new people and to develop my skills as an archaeologist.

What was the best learning experience you had?

The best learning experience I have had while at BYU was an archaeological excavation in Chihuahua, Mexico. I had the opportunity to excavate a site, handle and analyze artifacts, and learn about the history of the region.

What/Who are you grateful for as you reflect on your college experience?

I am grateful for my family, friends, and professors who have helped me every step of the way though by college experience.


I have had the opportunity to excavate at archaeological sites in Mexico, the American Southwest, and the Great Basin. From these excavations, I was able to write an undergraduate thesis paper about obsidian artifacts in the American Southwest that is currently in the publication process. I have also been privileged to serve in the Anthropology Club presidency for several years while here at BYU.

What's next for you?

I am excited to be heading of to graduate school following my graduation. I am still waiting to hear back from some programs, so I do not yet know where I will be, but I am excited for this next step in my education.

Academic Honors that I am graduating with:

I will be graduating as one of the valedictorians in the Department of Anthropology.

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