Anthropology Major (BA)
What is Anthropology?
Anthropology is the study of human biological and cultural diversity over time and space. Anthropology generally includes three broad fields: cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology. Each of the fields teaches distinctive skills, including employing research methodologies, formulating and testing hypotheses, and developing extensive sets of data.
Requirements for Anthropology Majors
- Our requirements for majors are designed to introduce you to the three sub-disciplines of anthropology: biological anthropology, archaeology, and ethnology (the study of social and cultural variability in living human populations). 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 Anthropology
- ANTH 102 Introduction to Archaeology
- ANTH 105 Human Evolution
- The next level of requirements, the 200 level, is organized by sub-disciplinary categories. You will need to take at least one 200-level course from each of the sub-disciplines. Most of our 200-level courses count towards the major.
- Physical 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 220 Method and Theory in Archaeology
- ANTH 221 Old World Archaeology
- ANTH 222 Hunter-Gatherers, Farmers and Herders
- ANTH 225 Anthropological Interpretations of Paleolithic Cave Art
- ANTH 226 Archaeology of North America
- ANTH 227 Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America
- ANTH 228/LALS 259 Ancient Civilizations of South America
- Cultural Anthropology-Ethnology
- ANTH 270 The First Americans
- ANTH 271 American Indian Religion and Philosophy
- ANTH 272 North American Indians
- ANTH/GEOG 273 Ethnography of Southeast Asia
- ANTH 274 Ethnography of Africa
- ANTH 275/LALS 255 South American Indians
- ANTH 276 Pacific Island Cultures
- ANTH 277/LALS 270 Ethnography of Mesoamerica
- ANTH 278/LALS 272 Brazil: a Multi-ethnic Society
- ANTH 279 South Asian Cultures and Societies
- ANTH 280 China and Japan: Society and Culture
- ANTH 281 Ethnography of the Middle East
- Four other anthropology courses are needed to help 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.
- 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.
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.