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. Completion of the major requires 36 credits. At least 15 credits must be in upper-division courses (300 level or higher) not including the course used to fulfill the seminar requirement. All major courses (including transfer credits) must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. ANP/ANT 475, 476, 488, 495, and 496 DO NOT count toward the major requirements.

A. Study within the Area of the Major

I. Introductory courses:

Students must take an introductory course in all three subfields offered in the major.

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

II. Subfield courses:

  1. One course in biological anthropology at the 200 level or higher
  2. One course in archaeology at the 200 level or higher
  3. One course in cultural anthropology at the 200 level or higher

III. Elective courses:

  • Five additional anthropology courses (200 level or higher)
  • One course with anthropologically-relevant content from another department may be substituted with approval of the Anthropology Director of Undergraduate Studies Note: ANP/ANT 447 and 487 can only be counted once (each up to a maximum of 3 credits)

IV. One 400-level seminar chosen from ANP 403, ANP 404, ANP 405, ANP 406, ANT 401, ANT 402, ANT 405, ANT 415, ANT 417, ANT 418, ANT 419 or ANT 420

B. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

To complete the Writing Requirement, students must register for the 0-credit ANP 459 or ANT 459, and submit one or more papers from a 300­-level or higher ANP/ANT course with an evaluation of S (Satisfactory). In the Anthropology Main Office, pick up the Writing Requirement Submission Cover Sheet, which lists criteria for the Writing Requirement, and a list of "Writing Intensive" courses with written assignments designed to fulfill these criteria. Plan ahead so the Writing Intensive course fits your schedule and interests, and obtain the Cover Sheet as the course begins. When your paper is complete, submit the blank Cover Sheet with the completed paper(s) to the instructor of the course for which it was written. If the course instructor gives approval, submit the completed Cover Sheet and graded paper to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The DUS will evaluate the paper and give an S or U grade for ANP 459 or ANT 459. This review is separate from the evaluation by the original course instructor and has no effect on the original course grade. 

Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

Subfields of Study


ANT 104, ANT 207ANT 210, ANT 268, ANT 270, ANT 290, ANT 307ANT 320, ANT 353, ANT 355, ANT 357, ANT 358, ANT 359, ANT 360, ANT 362, ANT 363, ANT 371, ANT 373, ANT 385, ANT 393, ANT 394, ANT 402, ANT 415, ANT 417, ANT 418, ANT 419.

Biological Anthropology

ANP 120ANP 200ANP 201ANP 220, ANP 230, ANP 300ANP 304ANP 305ANP 306ANP 307ANP 316ANP 321ANP 325ANP 326, ANP 331ANP 350ANP 360, ANP 362, ANP 391ANP 403ANP 404ANP 405ANP 406, ANP 410.

Cultural Anthropology

ANT 102, ANT 200, ANT 201, ANT 203, ANT 205, ANT 230, ANT 250, ANT 252, ANT 260, ANT 296, ANT 305, ANT 310, ANT 311, ANT 350, ANT 351, ANT 354, ANT 361, ANT 367, ANT 372, ANT 379, ANT 380, ANT 381, ANT 390, ANT 391, ANT 395, ANT 401, ANT 405.

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 three faculty members, two of whom must be members of the Department of Anthropology. 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 two introductory and five subfield/ elective courses.

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. ANP/ANT 475, 476, and 488 DO NOT count toward the minor requirements. No more than one directed readings (ANP/ANT 447) or research course (ANP/ANT 487) may be used (maximum of 3 credits).

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits.

1. Two introductory courses chosen from: 

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

2. Subfield and elective courses

  1. Two additional courses chosen from two different subfields (see list of courses/subfields as indicated in the Major requirements above)
  2. Three anthropology elective courses