B.A. in Anthropology
The B.A. program in Anthropology is a four-field program that offers students many electives.
Consult the University Bulletin for a complete description of program requirements.
Course numbers below are in the format new four-digit number/old three-digit number.
- Prerequisite courses:
- Biological Anthropology, Anth 1001/001
- Sociocultural Anthropology, Anth 1002/002
- Archaeology, Anth 1003/003
- Language in Culture and Society, Anth 1004/004 (total: 13 hours)
- Two-year proficiency in French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean or another approved language (total: usually 12-16 credit hours).
- Anthropology courses at the 2000-3000 level (24-36 hours) including:
- Anth 2008/198, Foundations of Anthropological Thought. Enrollment in the sophomore or junior year is strongly encouraged.
- At least one methods course, including but not limited to the following (consult with your advisor for other courses that can fulfill this requirement): Anth 3403-3404/145-146 (taken together), 3531/117, 3602/162, 3833/115, 3834/116, 3835/113, 3838/118, 3839/119, 6806/285, or 3-credit paleoanthropological or primate behavior field schools that include theory and method in their curriculum.
- Anthropology courses at the 2000-3000 level, including at least one course from four of the following five categories (at least 18 and up to 36 hours):
1. Aspects of cultures (courses in the 2501/121, 2505/105, 2532/192, 2533/130, 3500s/150s),
2. Linguistics (courses in the 2600s and 3600s/160s)
3. Ethnology (courses in the 3700s/170s)
4. Biological anthropology (courses in the 3400s/140s and 1005/005)
5. Archaeology (courses in the 3800s/180s and old 113-119).
- Qualified seniors may enroll in 6000/200-level seminar courses with the permission of the instructor.
- In addition, a senior capstone experience is required; it may be met by one of the following (3 hours):
1. Anth 4008, Seminar: Contemporary Anthropological Theory;
2. An approved 6000-level seminar in area of interest;
3. Three hours of independent study (Anth 3995), with or without an honors thesis.
- Field Schools, Internships, and Research. Up to 6 hours of approved archaeological or ethnographic field school credit, internships, or independent research may be applied toward the major through registration in Anth 3995/195, and majors are encouraged to take such courses. Consult the department for further information.
- Courses in related departments (6 to 12 hours) approved by the advisor. Recommended courses for emphasis in:
1. Sociocultural — economics, history, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology
2. Archaeological — American studies, art history, geography, geology, and history
3. Biological — anatomy, chemistry, physical geography, and biological sciences
4. Linguistic — linguistics and speech and hearing sciences.
- Courses in statistics are strongly recommended for all Anthropology majors.
Special Honors in Anthropology
Students who meet the CCAS requirements for special honors are encouraged to undertake a thesis research project in their senior year. Such students should take 3 or more hours of Anth 3995/195 (Undergraduate Research).
Minor Programs in Anthropology
There are several minor programs that are anthropological in focus. For complete descriptions, click here.
The undergraduate Anthropology Major advisors for 2012-2013 are Alexander Dent and Jeffrey Blomster..
View the Anthropology Department office hours.