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 or human evolutionary biology at the 200 level or higher (All applicable courses are listed below under the Biological Anthropology subfield)
  2. One course in archaeology at the 200 level or higher higher (See Archaeology subfield list below)
  3. One course in cultural anthropology at the 200 level or higher (See Cultural Anthropology subfield list below)

III. Elective courses:

  • Five additional anthropology or human evolutionary biology courses. These must be at the 200 level or higher. Any course on the subfield lists may qualify, as well as ANT 208, ANT 215, ANT 410, ANP/ANT 447, and ANP/ANT 487Note: ANP/ANT 447 and 487 can only be counted once (each up to a maximum of 3 credits).

  • One course with anthropologically-relevant content from another department may be substituted with approval of the Anthropology Director of Undergraduate Studies

IV. One 400-level seminar chosen from ANP 403, ANP 404, ANP 405, ANP 406, ANP 410, ANT 401, ANT 402, ANT 405, ANT 410, ANT 415, ANT 417, ANT 418, ANT 419, EBH 401, or EBH 405

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/EBH course (selected from the subfield courses listed below or ANT 410) 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

The following courses qualify for the Biological Anthropology subfield:

  • ANP 201 Human Evolution
  • ANP 220 Controversies in Human Biology and Behavior
  • ANP 250 Forensic Anthropology
  • ANP 300 Human Anatomy
  • ANP 304 Ecology: Linking People and Nature (with emphasis on the Turkana Basin)
  • ANP 305 Earth & Life Through Time: Vertebrate Paleontology & Paleoecology (emphasis on the Turkana Basin)
  • ANP 306 Human Evolution (and evidence from the Turkana Basin)
  • ANP 307 Comparing Ecosystems in Madagascar
  • ANP 308 Paleoanthropological Field Methods in the Turkana Basin
  • ANP 310 Environments, Ecosystems and Evolution: Evidence from the Turkana Basin
  • ANP 321 Primate Evolution
  • ANP 326 Lemurs of Madagascar
  • ANP 350 Methods in Studying Primates
  • ANP 360 Primate Conservation
  • ANP 391 Topics in Biological Anthropology
  • ANP 403 Seminar in Biological Anthropology
  • ANP 404 Human Osteology
  • ANP 405 Human Evolution in the Headlines
  • ANP 406 Pseudoscience and Anthropology
  • ANP 410 Comparative Primate Anatomy
  • EBH 200 The Evolution of Human Behavior
  • EBH 204 Research Skills
  • EBH 230 Computer-Based Biostatistics
  • EBH 316 The Evolution of the Human Brain
  • EBH 325 Evolution of Sex
  • EBH 331 Hormones and Behavior
  • EBH 359 Behavioral Ecology
  • EBH 362 Evolution of Social Complexity 

The following courses qualify for the Archaeology subfield:

  • ANT 207 From Cavemen to Vikings: The Prehistoric Archaeology of Europe
  • ANT 210 Sunken Cities and Pirates: The World of Underwater Archaeology
  • ANT 268 Archaeology of Human Origins
  • ANT 270 Great Archaeological Discoveries
  • ANT 290 Science & Technology in Ancient Society
  • ANT 307 Prehistoric Archaeology of Africa (with emphasis on the Turkana Basin)
  • ANT 320 Historical Archaeology
  • ANT 321 Archaeological Field Methods
  • ANT 353 Archaeological Analysis and Interpretation
  • ANT 355 Ancient African Civilizations
  • ANT 357 The Agricultural Revolution
  • ANT 358 Ways to Civilization
  • ANT 359 The Archaeology of Food
  • ANT 360 Ancient Mesopotamia
  • ANT 362 Long Island Archaeology
  • ANT 363 Approaches to Archaeology
  • ANT 371 Ancient China
  • ANT 373 Archaeology of Human Dispersals
  • ANT 377 Animal Tool Use
  • ANT 385 Prehistoric Peoples of the Americas
  • ANT 393 Topics in Archaeology
  • ANT 394 Topics in Archaeology
  • ANT 402 Problems in Archaeology
  • ANT 415 Ethnoarchaeology
  • ANT 417 Primitive Technology
  • ANT 418 Lithic Technology
  • ANT 419 Zooarchaeology 

The following courses qualify for the Cultural Anthropology subfield

  • ANT 200 Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Insular Southeast Asia
  • ANT 201 Peoples of South America
  • ANT 203 Native Peoples of North America
  • ANT 205 Ancient Japanese Civilization
  • ANT 230 Peoples of the World
  • ANT 250 African Peoples & Cultures
  • ANT 252 Personality and Culture
  • ANT 260 How We Eat
  • ANT 305 Culture and Language of Madagascar
  • ANT 310 Ethnography
  • ANT 311 Immersion in Another Culture
  • ANT 350 Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 351 Comparative Religion
  • ANT 354 Family, Kinship and Marriage
  • ANT 367 Male and Female
  • ANT 372 Family, Kinship and Marriage in China
  • ANT 379 Ethnicity and Ecology in China
  • ANT 380 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • ANT 381 Applied Anthropology
  • ANT 390 Topics in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 391 Topics in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 395 Religions of the Caribbean
  • ANT 401 Problems in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 405 Cultural Ecology

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 courses, two subfield, and three 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 ANT minor requires 21 credits. Students majoring in Human Evolutionary Biology (EBH) may have a maximum of nine credits of overlap between EBH major coursework and ANT minor coursework; thus, completion of the Anthropology minor requires an additional 12 credits of coursework beyond the EBH major.

1. Two introductory courses chosen from the following:

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

2. Subfield courses:

Two additional courses must be chosen from two different subfields. (See “Subfields of Study” below for lists for Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, and Cultural Anthropology courses.) 

3. Three elective courses:

Elective courses may be drawn from any of the subfield courses listed below, plus ANT 215, ANT 410, ANP/ANT 447, and ANP/ANT 487.

Subfields of Study 

The following courses qualify for the Biological Anthropology subfield:

  • ANP 201 Human Evolution
  • ANP 220 Controversies in Human Biology and Behavior
  • ANP 250 Forensic Anthropology
  • ANP 300 Human Anatomy
  • ANP 304 Ecology: Linking People and Nature (with emphasis on the Turkana Basin)
  • ANP 305 Earth & Life Through Time: Vertebrate Paleontology & Paleoecology (emphasis on the Turkana Basin)
  • ANP 306 Human Evolution (and evidence from the Turkana Basin)
  • ANP 307 Comparing Ecosystems in Madagascar
  • ANP 308 Paleoanthropological Field Methods in the Turkana Basin
  • ANP 310 Environments, Ecosystems and Evolution: Evidence from the Turkana Basin
  • ANP 321 Primate Evolution
  • ANP 326 Lemurs of Madagascar
  • ANP 350 Methods in Studying Primates
  • ANP 360 Primate Conservation
  • ANP 391 Topics in Biological Anthropology
  • ANP 403 Seminar in Biological Anthropology
  • ANP 404 Human Osteology
  • ANP 405 Human Evolution in the Headlines
  • ANP 406 Pseudoscience and Anthropology
  • ANP 410 Comparative Primate Anatomy
  • EBH 200 The Evolution of Human Behavior
  • EBH 204 Research Skills
  • EBH 230 Computer-Based Biostatistics
  • EBH 316 The Evolution of the Human Brain
  • EBH 325 Evolution of Sex
  • EBH 331 Hormones and Behavior
  • EBH 359 Behavioral Ecology
  • EBH 362 Evolution of Social Complexity 

The following courses qualify for the Archaeology subfield:

  • ANT 207 From Cavemen to Vikings: The Prehistoric Archaeology of Europe
  • ANT 210 Sunken Cities and Pirates: The World of Underwater Archaeology
  • ANT 268 Archaeology of Human Origins
  • ANT 270 Great Archaeological Discoveries
  • ANT 290 Science & Technology in Ancient Society
  • ANT 307 Prehistoric Archaeology of Africa (with emphasis on the Turkana Basin)
  • ANT 320 Historical Archaeology
  • ANT 321 Archaeological Field Methods
  • ANT 353 Archaeological Analysis and Interpretation
  • ANT 355 Ancient African Civilizations
  • ANT 357 The Agricultural Revolution
  • ANT 358 Ways to Civilization
  • ANT 359 The Archaeology of Food
  • ANT 360 Ancient Mesopotamia
  • ANT 362 Long Island Archaeology
  • ANT 363 Approaches to Archaeology
  • ANT 371 Ancient China
  • ANT 373 Archaeology of Human Dispersals
  • ANT 377 Animal Tool Use
  • ANT 385 Prehistoric Peoples of the Americas
  • ANT 393 Topics in Archaeology
  • ANT 394 Topics in Archaeology
  • ANT 402 Problems in Archaeology
  • ANT 415 Ethnoarchaeology
  • ANT 417 Primitive Technology
  • ANT 418 Lithic Technology
  • ANT 419 Zooarchaeology 

The following courses qualify for the Cultural Anthropology subfield

  • ANT 200 Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Insular Southeast Asia
  • ANT 201 Peoples of South America
  • ANT 203 Native Peoples of North America
  • ANT 205 Ancient Japanese Civilization
  • ANT 230 Peoples of the World
  • ANT 250 African Peoples & Cultures
  • ANT 252 Personality and Culture
  • ANT 260 How We Eat
  • ANT 305 Culture and Language of Madagascar
  • ANT 310 Ethnography
  • ANT 311 Immersion in Another Culture
  • ANT 350 Medical Anthropology
  • ANT 351 Comparative Religion
  • ANT 354 Family, Kinship and Marriage
  • ANT 367 Male and Female
  • ANT 372 Family, Kinship and Marriage in China
  • ANT 379 Ethnicity and Ecology in China
  • ANT 380 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • ANT 381 Applied Anthropology
  • ANT 390 Topics in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 391 Topics in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 395 Religions of the Caribbean
  • ANT 401 Problems in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 405 Cultural Ecology