The Major in Anthropology is geared towards a core of motivated students.

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It stresses interaction between students and faculty; hands-on laboratory, field and career experiences; training in research methodology; and mastery of analytical and communication skill

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The Anthropology Major consists of a 39 credit core that allows students to augment their education with a dual major or minor in another field applicable to their goals and needs. Students entering the Major program in Fall 2011 and after will be subject to the requirement of the New program. Those in the pre-exisiting "old" program have the choice of switching to the new program should they choose, in consultation with their advisor.

Anthropology majors are strongly urged to purse a BA degree (which has a foreign language requirement) rather than the BS degree.

The Required Courses and Credits for the Anthropology Major:

Introductory Level

Required Core Courses in the Freshman or Sophomore Year

Course Name Credits
ANT 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ANT 202 Introduction to Archaeology 3
ANT 203 Introduction to Human Evolution 3
ANT 220 The Ethnographic Experience 3

Required Core Courses in the Junior or Senior Year

Course Name


ANT 470 Anthropology as a Profession 3
ANT 471 Anthropological Theory 3

Required Methods Courses in the Junior or Senior Year

(Pick any 2 of the 4)

Course Name


ANT 383 Cultural Anthropology Research Methods 3
ANT 384 Archaeology Research Methods 3
ANT 385 Biological Anthropology Research Methods 3
ANT 456 Forensic Anthropology Methods 3

Upper Division Courses (at least 2 in any subdiscipline)

Course Name


400 level Sub-discipline Course 3
400 level Sub-discipline Course 3

Additional Courses -- chosen in consultation with advisor to complete total credits

Course Name


ANT ___ Elective 3
ANT ___ Elective 3
ANT ___ Elective



Strongly Recommended for all Majors

We suggest that all Majors complete an archaeological field school, semester-abroad program or internship (ANT 462 or BCE 322) depending on their anthropological interests.

In addition we recommend that students take courses in foreign language (four semesters), statistics, computer applications, and advanced writing depending on their career goals. Courses ancillary to anthropology may be suggested by the advisor if these are relevant to career or graduate school goals. For example, anthropology majors intending to pursue careers and/or graduate work in areas such as museum work, physical anthropology, paleontology, archaeology, conservancy/conservation, medicine, and law will be advised to take additional courses in disciplinary areas relevant to their career goals.

Majors may increase their chances for a successful career by:

  • combining anthropology with a professional or pre-professional program such as teacher certification, pre-law, or pre-medical;
  • minoring in a field that complements anthropology (art, communications, psychology, etc.)
  • developing skills in areas outside of, but relevant to, anthropology, such as computer science, foreign languages, technical writing or advanced composition
  • completing an internship, field project or service position in an area relevant to anthropology
  • experiencing another culture through a credit-bearing semester abroad

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Last Updated 8/21/18

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