Requirements for the Anthropology Major (BA)

The requirements for the anthropology major are designed to introduce students to the three sub-disciplines of anthropology that we offer: biological anthropology, archaeology, and socio-cultural anthropology. In addition, students can opt to concentrate their elective credits toward concentrations in one of the major sub-fields or in topics such as medical anthropology, environmental anthropology, and urban anthropology. 

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  1. There are three required lower-level courses in our curriculum. They are the basic introductory courses, which cover the basic three fields of the discipline:
    • ANTH 101 World Cultures: Introduction to Socio-cultural Anthropology
    • ANTH 102 Introduction to Archaeology
    • ANTH 105 Human Evolution
  2. The next level of requirements is organized by sub-disciplinary categories. Students need to take at least one 200-level selective course from each of the sub-disciplines. Most of the 200-level courses count as selective towards the major.
    1. Biological Anthropology
      • ANTH 231 Fossil Humans
      • ANTH 235 Biological Bases and Evolution of Human Behavior  
      • ANTH 237 The Human Skeleton
      • ANTH 238 Biology of Women
      • ANTH 239 Special Topics in Biological Anthropology 
    2. Archaeology
      • ANTH 220 Method and Theory in Archaeology
      • ANTH 221 Old World Archaeology
      • ANTH 223 Southwestern Archaeology 
      • ANTH 224 Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia 
      • ANTH 226 Archaeology of North America
      • ANTH 227 Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America
      • ANTH 228/LALS 259 Ancient Civilizations of South America
      • ANTH 229 Special Topics in Archaeology 
    3. Socio-cultural Anthropology
      • ANTH 200 Anthropological Theory 
      • ANTH 214 Sex and Gender in World Cultures 
      • ANTH 215 Anthropology of Religion 
      • ANTH 216 Medicine, Culture, and Society
      • ANTH 217 Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology
      • ANTH 218 Anthropology of Children and Childhood
      • ANTH 219 Anthropology of Globalization 
  3. Four other anthropology courses are needed to complete your requirements. These courses are electives but two of the four must be at the 300 or 400 level. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that each of our students gains experience exploring different substantive anthropological issues.
  4. We also require that all of our students acquire and demonstrate fine writing skills. We work on honing these skills in many of our courses but it is our required course ANTH 309 (Writing Culture) that deals with the nuts and bolts of anthropological writing.
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Distinction in Anthropology

To be considered for distinction, a candidate must have a 3.00/4.00 cumulative GPA and meet all the requirements for a major in Anthropology, plus the following:

  • 3.50/4.00 GPA in the major for Distinction
  • 3.75/4.00 GPA in the major for High Distinction
  • 3.75/4.00 GPA in the major and satisfactorily complete a thesis in ANTH 390—Honors Research for Highest Distinction. This course involves the preparation of an honors research paper, under the supervision of a faculty member of the student's choosing, and its acceptance by a three-member honors committee especially constituted for this purpose.


Students from other disciplines who want to minor in Anthropology must complete 20 semester hours as outlined below. Courses for the minor are chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

  1. Required Courses
    • ANTH 101 World Cultures: Introduction to Anthropology
    • ANTH 102 Introduction to Archaeology
    • ANTH 105 Human Evolution
  2. Three additional courses at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level

Total hours for an Anthropology Minor: 20

For additional information, see the Undergraduate Course Catalog.