Anthropology Major

For detailed information about the Anthropology program, please visit our Advising Handbook.

There are two variations of the Anthropology Major: (a) B.A. in General Anthropology and (b) B.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Applied Anthropology. Both majors consist of 11 courses, including 5 shared core courses. You also must complete other departmental and university requirements:

  • 11 anthropology courses (34 hours)
    • 5 core courses
    • 6 additional courses
  • 18 credit hours of related work (a second major, a minor, or a set of coordinated courses from other departments)
  • Foreign Language requirements
  • General Education courses
  • 120 total academic credits and a GPA of at least 2.00 overall and in anthropology

All Anthropology majors must complete a foreign language at least through the first semester at the 2000-level (2101 or 2050) for languages written in the Latin alphabet (such as Spanish or German); or through the 1202 level for languages in other alphabets (such as Chinese or Arabic)

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B.A. in General Anthropology

Plan of Study for General Anthropology

1) Five core courses

  • ANTH 1101 - Introduction to Anthropology (3 credits; offered Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • ANTH 2141 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology, with lab (4 credits; offered Fall, Spring)
  • ANTH 2151 – Introduction to Archaeology (3 credits; offered Fall only)
  • ANTH 3101 – Foundations of Anthropological Theory (3 credits; offered Fall, Spring)
  • ANTH 4601 – Seminar in General Anthropology (3 credits; offered Fall, Spring)

2) Six electives (18 hours), including at least two courses in cultural anthropology. These include 2112, 2114, 2115, 2116, 2122, 2123, 3111, 3112, 3113, 3122, 3124, 4120, 4122, 4615, and others. The remaining four courses may be chosen from any anthropology courses, including these in cultural anthropology or others offered in archaeology or biological anthropology. You may use ANTH 3895, Directed Independent Studies, ANTH 4480, Internship in Anthropology, or ANTH 4482, Teaching Internship in Anthropology, to satisfy some of your elective requirements.

3) In addition, you must take 6 courses (18 hours) of related work. This may be a second major, a minor, or a set of coordinated courses from different departments related to anthropology (for example, History, Religious Studies, Earth Science, etc.).

Please consult with your advisor about choosing the best courses to fulfill your major.


B.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Applied Anthropology

Plan of Study for Applied Anthropology

1) Five core courses, including:

  • ANTH 1101 – Introduction to Anthropology (3 credits; offered Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • ANTH 2141 – Introduction to Biological Anthropology, with lab (4 credits; offered Fall, Spring)
  • ANTH 2151 – Introduction to Archaeology (3 credits; offered Fall only)
  • ANTH 3101 – Foundations of Anthropological Theory (3 credits; offered Fall, Spring)
  • ANTH 4601 – Seminar in General Anthropology (3 credits; offered Fall, Spring)

2) Six additional courses, including:

  • ANTH 4111 – Applied Anthropology (previously ANTH 3111)
  • ANTH 4480 – Internship in Anthropology (previously ANTH 3480)
  • One course in anthropological methods (3140, 4122, 4453, 4140, or another course approved by your advisor)
  • Three anthropology electives (any other anthropology courses)

3) In addition, students in the concentration in Applied Anthropology must structure their related work to meet the following criteria:

  • 1 course in communications (e.g., ENGL 2160, COMM 1101, or another approved course)
  • 1 course in statistics (e.g., STAT 1221 or 1222, SOCY 4156, or another approved course)
  • 1 course in a technical skills (e.g., GIS, mapping, advanced language, or other approved course)
  • 3 coordinated courses in a topic related to anthropology (e.g., Criminal Justice, Biology, Health care, etc.)

Please consult with your advisor about the best choice of courses to complete your major.

 

Find Descriptions of Anthropology Courses in the Undergraduate Catalog
Description of General Education Requirements 
Code of Student Conduct and Code of Student Academic Integrity