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Anthropology Major: Degree Requirements

Both the BA and the BS are appropriate for an Anthropology Major and Minor and should reflect your interests and future.

Major (Minimum of 37 credits)

Required core courses: (19 credits, 6 courses)

Anthropology 202: Introduction to Biological Anthropology (4 credits- lab & lecture)

Anthropology 204: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)

Anthropology 206: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3 credits)

Anthropology 208: Introduction to Archaeology (3 credits)

Anthropology 301: Reading Theory (3 credits)

Anthropology 400: Senior Seminar (3 credits)

Research Methods Requirement (Minimum of 3 credits, 1 course):

Anthropology 302: Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (3 credits)

Anthropology 350: Ethnographic Methods (3 credits)

Anthropology 352: Field Work in Archaeology

Anthropology 363: Archaeological Analysis (3 credits)

Anthropology 377:  Forensic/Osteology Anthropology (3 credits)

Anthropology 394: Field Experience

Elective Courses: 15 credits of elective courses, 9 of which must be upper-level courses.  

About the Anthropology Program

What is Anthropology?


Anthropology is the study of humanity in all of its wondrous chronological and geographic diversity. From the dawn of humanity over two million years ago to the current day, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, anthropology introduces students to the variety and complexity of contemporary and past human societies and cultures. The goal of anthropology is to make sense out of that complexity and to understand the processes that have shaped and continue to shape the lives of people around the world.

To accomplish this goal different anthropologists examine biological, archaeological, linguistic and cultural aspects of humanity striving collectively for integrated understanding.

Studying anthropology with its main focus on humanity means that the topics you can explore are almost limitless.

  • Why Humans Do What They Do
  • Cultural Diversity
  • The Ancient World
  • Primatology
  • Human Evolution
  • Forensics
  • Linguistics
  • What the Future May Hold!

The Relevance of Anthropology

Given our rapidly changing world and ever increasing interaction with different beliefs and practices, an understanding and appreciation of culture is more important now than ever before. Anthropology, with its focus on a perspective and methods to gain a greater understanding. Government and non-government organizations, businesses and the public in general turn to anthropology to answer questions about cultural differences, culture change, and our place in the biosphere.

Grave problems confronted our human ancestors. Grave problems confront us today. How did they solve them? How will we? Anthropologists play an important role in efforts to address world hunger, world poverty, disease, injustice, globalization and the care of the environment.

Unique Experience

A central focus of anthropology is the use of field research to develop and investigate ideas about people, societies and cultures in the past and present. So in addition to the course work, we offer methods training in archeological analysis, human osteology, ethnographic methods, anthropological statistics, and forensic anthropology.

We also offer field experiences in:

  • Archeology: Where students participate in excavations in the United States and Europe.
  • Culture Anthropology: Ethnographic field experiences in the United States.
  • Primatology: Where students participate in the collection of data on primate behavior and ecology as well as community management.
  • Forensic Anthropology: Investigation with local law enforcement.

A large number of our students also participate in independent study projects that investigate subject areas not covered in standard courses. Many of our graduates have told us that these laboratory and field experiences were the most rewarding of their college careers.