Anthropology Major

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Anthropology is the systematic study of human behavior and experience over time and space as reflected in thousands of cultures around the world. Its primary concerns are to

  • Understand the origins of human behavior and culture over 6-7 million years of hominin evolution and 2.5 million years of human evolution.
  • Understand the diversity of the human condition based on historical, archaeological, ethnographic and biological perspectives.
  • Utilize a wide range of anthropological data derived from participant observation and ethnographic interviews, archaeological and paleontological excavation, field studies of non-human primates, and laboratory work to understand human behavior.
  • Address modern social problems by critically appraising and analyzing anthropological data.
Our program emphasizes a broad understanding of human biological and cultural diversity, critical thinking, and practical hands-on skills toward understanding the diversity of human experience through the anthropological subfields of archaeology, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology. Students benefit from small classes in upper division majors’ courses, one-on-one contact with faculty, and a broad range of course offerings.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Programs Requirements

Students pursuing the major in anthropology pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, and must pursue the corresponding degree's requirements.

The major consists of 39 credits as follows:

  • ANT201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT202 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANT203 Introduction to Human Evolution
  • ANT220 Ethnographic Experience
  • ANT470 Professional Development
  • ANT471 Anthropological Theory

Departmental Honors, BA in Anthropology

To graduate with honors in anthropology, the student must:

  • Complete the requirements for a BA in anthropology. (BS students are not eligible)
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credits in anthropology at Brockport by the end of the junior year
  • Maintain a GPA in anthropology of 3.4 or higher, and 3.25 or higher overall
  • Complete the following elective, earning a minimum grade of "A-"
    • ANT 496 Senior Thesis

Note: the requirements for the thesis can be obtained from the department.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a bachelors degree in anthropology, students will be able to:

  1. Define basic concepts and methods in archaeology, biological anthropology and cultural anthropology
  2. Frame relevant anthropological questions and select appropriate data-collection techniques in order to answer them
  3. Use relevant theoretical frameworks, employing qualitative or quantitative information, to address anthropological questions
  4. Identify the parameters of an anthropological problem and use comparative analysis to formulate relevant questions
  5. Describe the diversity of the human condition based on historical, archaeological, ethnographic or biological perspectives
  6. Utilize anthropologically-derived data and concepts/perspectives to clarify issues of contemporary relevance
  7. Follow the appropriate procedures and protocols for obtaining informed consent or access permissions, in order to avoid harm or wrong to one’s human or non-human subjects and descendants