Anthropology Major

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The Major in Anthropology is geared towards a core of motivated students. It stresses interaction between students and faculty; hands-on laboratory, field and career experiences training in research methods, and mastery of analytical and communication skills.

The Anthropology Major consists of 24 required course credits plus 15 elective credits that allow students to augment their education with a dual major or minor in another field applicable to their goals and needs.

Anthropology may pursue either a BA degree (which has a foreign language requirement) or the BS degree.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Program Requirements

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

The major consists of 39 credits as follows:

THREE introduction courses (9 credits) selected from:
  • ANT 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 202 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANT 203 Introduction to Human Evolution
  • ANT 256 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
THREE core courses (9 credits):
  • ANT 220 Ethnographic Experience
  • ANT 470 Anthropology as a Profession
  • ANT 471 Anthropological Theory
TWO methods courses (6-7 credits) selected from:
  • ANT 383 Cultural Anthropology Research Methods
  • ANT 384 Archaeological Research Methods
  • ANT 385 Biological Anthropology Research Methods
  • ANT 456 Forensic Anthropology Research Methods
FIVE upper level elective courses (ANT 300-499), at least two of which must be at the 400-level

Strongly Recommended for all Majors

We recommend that all Majors complete an archaeological field school, a study-abroad program, one or more internships 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;
  • completing a minor or a second major in a field that complements anthropology (such as environmental sciences, museum studies, criminal justice, social work, and many other fields)
  • 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 study

Departmental Honors, BA in Anthropology

To graduate with honors in anthropology, the student must:

  • Complete the degree requirements for either a BA or BS in anthropology.
  • 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 a senior honors thesis project (ANT 499 and 496) during the senior year, earning a minimum grade of "A-"

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

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Knowledge base. Students gain an understanding of the broad knowledge base of human biocultural diversity through time and across cultures, as provided through archaeology, biological and cultural anthropology.
  2. Methods. Students gain knowledge and skills in the different anthropological research methods used in the sub-fields of archaeology, biological or cultural anthropology.
  3. Theory. Students learn to define and describe anthropological theory as used in current and past practice by anthropologists, in archaeology, biological and/or cultural anthropology.
  4. Critical Thinking. Students develop the ability to question, reflect and critique the data and arguments upon which evaluations of human diversity, behavior and change are made.
  5. Analysis. Students learn to apply theories and methods to explain or interpret anthropological problems, including cross-cultural patterns of social behavior, human evolution, and social change over time and space.
  6. Ethics. Students learn 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.