Anthropology (BA)

Offered by the Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major by the department's undergraduate studies director requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and a grade point average of 2.00 or higher in two anthropology courses.

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 48 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 27 credit hours at or above the 300-level

Course Requirements

Core (24 credit hours)

Fieldwork (3 credit hours)

Note: Other fieldwork, including study abroad programs or community service learning projects, may be used with the approval of the student's advisor.

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Electives (21 credit hours)

Complete 21 credit hours, with a minimum of 12 credit hours at or above the 300-level, from the following:

Combined Anthropology (BA) and Public Anthropology (MA)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs:

  • Interest in this program should be discussed with members of the faculty before formal application is begun.