Requirements for the Major and Minor in Anthropology

Requirements for the Major in Anthropology (ANT)

The major in Anthropology leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students must take an introductory course in two of the three subfields offered and include at least 18 credits of upper-division courses in the major. All courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. No transfer credits with a grade lower than C may be applied toward major requirements.

Completion of the major requires 36 to 37 credits.

A. Study within the Area of the Major

1. Three introductory courses:

  • ANT 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 104 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANP 120 Introduction to Physical Anthropology

2. One course in social and cultural anthropology at the 200 level or higher
3. One course in archaeology at the 200 level or higher
4. One course in physical anthropol­ogy at the 200 level or higher
5. Five additional anthropology courses (two courses from another department may be substituted with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies)
6. One 400-level seminar chosen from ANT 401, ANT 402, ANT 405, ANT 415, ANT 417, ANT 418, ANT 419, ANT 420, ANP 403 or ANP 404

B. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Anthropology majors must achieve an evaluation of S (Satisfactory) for a paper written for a 300-level ANT or ANP course. The paper must be at least ten double-spaced pages.

Subfields of Study

Social and Cultural Anthropology

ANT 102, ANT 200, ANT 201, ANT 203, ANT 230, ANT 296, ANT 310, ANT 311, ANT 350, ANT 351, ANT 352, ANT 354, ANT 361, ANT 367, ANT 380, ANT 381, ANT 390, ANT 391, ANT 395, ANT 401, ANT 405.

Archaeology

ANT 104, ANT 250, ANT 290, ANT 321, ANT 353, ANT 357, ANT 358, ANT 360, ANT 362, ANT 363, ANT 364, ANT 366, ANT 370, ANT 385, ANT 393, ANT 394, ANT 402, ANT 415, ANT 417, ANT 418, ANT 419, ANT 420.

Physical Anthropology

ANP 120, ANP 220, ANP 300, ANP 321, ANP 325, ANP 330, ANP 340, ANP 350, ANP 360, ANP 391, ANP 403, ANP 404.

Honors Program in Anthropology

The honors program is designed for students preparing to enter a graduate program in anthropology. It is open to Anthropology majors in their junior or beginning senior year who have an excellent academic record (3.00 g.p.a. overall) and a g.p.a. of 3.50 or higher in an­thro­pology courses. The program entails writing a thesis of 20 pages or more. Qualified students are eligible to enroll in the Anthropology honors program at, but preferably before, the beginning of their senior year.

The student, after asking a faculty member to be a sponsor, must submit a proposal indicating the topic and procedure of the planned research to the Depart­mental honors committee through the director of undergraduate studies. The supervising faculty member must also submit a statement supporting the student's proposal and indicating the merit of the planned research. This must ordinarily be done in the semester prior to the beginning of the student's senior year.

Students register for ANT 495 or ANP 495 in the first semester of their senior year and conduct research for the project. They register for ANT 496 or ANP 496 during the second semester of their senior year. These two courses must be taken in addition to the total credits required for the major. Students must submit a draft of their thesis to their faculty sponsor by April 1 for May graduation or November 1 for December graduation. They must submit an honors thesis of 20 pages or more of fully referenced material to the director of undergraduate studies no later than Monday of the final week of classes (excluding final examination week). Each thesis is read by two anthropologists and a member of another department, as arranged by the director of undergraduate studies. If the paper is judged to be of sufficient merit and the student's record warrants such a determination, the department recommends honors. The program consists of:

  1. Completion of all requirements for the major in Anthropology with a g.p.a. of 3.50 or higher in anthropology courses
  2. ANT 495 and ANT 496, or ANP 495 and ANP 496
  3. The honors thesis

Requirements for the Minor in Anthropology (ANT)

The minor in Anthropology is designed for students majoring in other fields who wish to take anthropology courses relevant to their interests. The student must choose one of the tracks listed below. At least nine credits must be in upper-division courses. All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. No transfer credits with a grade lower than C may be applied to the minor requirements. No more than one directed readings or research course may be used.

Completion of the minor requires 21 to 22 credits.

General Anthropology

1. Two introductory courses chosen from:

  • ANT 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 104 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANP 120 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

2. Two additional courses chosen from different subfields
3. Three anthropology elective courses

Social and Cultural Anthropology

1. ANT 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
2. Three ethnographic area courses in social and cultural anthropology chosen from:

  • ANT 200 Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Insular Southeast Asia
  • ANT 201 Peoples of South America
  • ANT 203 Native Peoples of North America
  • ANT 230 Peoples of the World
  • ANT 310 Ethnography
  • ANT 311 Immersion in Another Culture
  • ANT 366 Prehistoric and Historic Hunter-Gatherers
  • ANT 380 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America and the Caribbean

3. One topical course in social and cultural anthropology to be selected from ANT 350, ANT 351, ANT 352, ANT 354, ANT 361, ANT 367, ANT 380, ANT 381, and also ANT 390, ANT 391 and ANT 401 when the topic is applicable
4. Two elective courses in social and cultural anthropology

Archaeology and Cultural History

1. ANT 104 Introduction to Archaeology
2. Six courses in archaeology, at least five of which must be ANT courses; one may be an HIS course with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies

Physical Anthropology

1. ANP 120 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
2. ANP 330 Human Evolution
3. ANP 321 Primate Evolution
4. Three additional ANP courses (except ANP 475 or ANP 476)
5. One course chosen from BIO 344, BIO 351, BIO 354, BIO 359, BIO 385; GEO 302, GEO 403; AMS 110