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Anthropology

BA in Anthropology


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. 


University Requirements

  • A total of 120 credit hours 
  • 6 credit hours of college writing 
  • 3 credit hours of college mathematics or the equivalent by examination 

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 

Course Requirements

Core Courses (24 credit hours)

  • ANTH-250 Human Origins (3) 
  • ANTH-251 Anthropological Theory (3) 
  • ANTH-253 Introduction to Archaeology (3) 
  • ANTH-254 Language and Culture (3) 
  • ANTH-439 Culture, History, Power, Place (3)
  • ANTH-440 Contemporary Ethnographies (3)
  • ANTH-450 Anthropology of Power (3) 
  • ANTH-452 Anthropological Research Methods (3) 

Fieldwork (3 credit hours)

  • 3 credits from the following: 
  • ANTH-491 Internship in Anthropology (1–6) 
  • ANTH-550 Ethnographic Field Methods (3) 
  • ANTH-560 Summer Field School: Archaeology (3–9) 
  • Other fieldwork, including study abroad programs or community service learning projects, may be used with the approval of the student’s advisor 

Elective Courses (21 credit hours)

  • 21 credit hours from the following with a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 300 level or above: 
  • ANTH-210 Roots of Racism and Interracial Harmony (3) 
  • ANTH-215 Sex, Gender, and Culture (3) 
  • ANTH-220 Living in Multicultural Societies (3) 
  • ANTH-225 Language and Human Experience (3) 
  • ANTH-230 India: Its Living Traditions (3) 
  • ANTH-235 Early America: The Buried Past (3)
  • ANTH-330 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion (3) 
  • ANTH-331 Taboos (3)
  • ANTH-334 Environmental Justice (3) 
  • ANTH-337 Anthropology of Genocide (3) 
  • ANTH-350 Special Topics (3) 
  • ANTH-498 Senior Thesis in Anthropology (3–6) 
  • ANTH-531 Topics in Archaeology (3) 
  • ANTH-534 Class and Culture (3) 
  • ANTH-535 Ethnicity and Nationalism (3) 
  • ANTH-537 Topics in Language and Culture (3) 
  • ANTH-542 Reinventing Applied Anthropology (3) 
  • ANTH-543 Anthropology of Development (3) 
  • ANTH-544 Topics in Public Anthropology (3) 

University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors, students must be admitted to the University Honors Program, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, and receive grades of B or better in all University Honors course work. There are three levels of University Honors course requirements: Level I (100-200-level); Level II (300-level and above); and Level III (Honors Capstone Project). The department Honors coordinator advises students in the University Honors Program regarding requirements for graduating with University Honors in the major. For more information, go to the University Honors Program.


Combined BA in Anthropology and MA in Public Anthropology

Visit the BA-MA Webpage for information on receiving a combined BA in Anthropology and the MA in Public Anthropology.