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
- 48 credit hours with grades of C or better
Core Courses (24 credit hours)
- ANTH-250 Human Origins FA5 (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)
Note: Other fieldwork, including study abroad programs or community service learning projects, may be used with the approval of the student's advisor.
3 credits from the following:
- ANTH-491 Internship in Anthropology (1-6)
- ANTH-550 Ethnographic Field Methods (3)
- ANTH-560 Summer Field School: Archaeology (1-9)
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 FA3 (3)
- ANTH-215 Sex, Gender, and Culture FA3 (3)
- ANTH-220 Living in Multicultural Societies FA3 (3)
- ANTH-225 Language and Human Experience FA1 (3)
- ANTH-230 India: Its Living Traditions FA3 (3)
- ANTH-235 Early America: The Buried Past FA2 (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 (1-6)
- 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 in the major through the University Honors Program, students must meet the requirements detailed on the Honors website and have been enrolled as either a first-year student between Fall 1989 and Spring 2014, or as a transfer or self-nominated student through Spring 2015. The University Honors Program should not be confused with the AU Honors Program, which begins in Fall 2014 and has separate requirements, also detailed on the Honors website.
Combined BA in Anthropology and MA in Public Anthropology
American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. For more information, see Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees of this catalog.
This program allows qualified students to complete both the BA in Anthropology and the MA in Public Anthropology.
- The standards for admission to the undergraduate major must first be satisfied. Undergraduate majors ordinarily apply for admission to the combined BA/MA program at the end of their junior year. Admission decisions follow the procedures used to evaluate graduate applicants to the MA program. Interest in this program should be discussed with members of the faculty before formal application is begun.
- All requirements for the BA in Anthropology Undergraduate students may apply up to 9 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework in anthropology to satisfy the requirements for both degrees.
- All requirements for the MA in Public Anthropology, including a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in residence in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded. Students must finish the master's degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master's program.