3100 Anthropology

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Minor in Anthropology

Department of Anthropology
335 Sparks Hall

Frank L. Williams, Chair
Cassandra White, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Anthropology, the study of humans, provides students with a perspective on the nature of humankind over time and in different environments. It is concerned with humans as biological beings (biological anthropology), with prehistory and cultural evolution (archaeology), and with how humans order their worlds socially and culturally (social/cultural anthropology), as well as with the nature of human language (linguistic anthropology). The Department of Anthropology offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. Undergraduate majors are encouraged to take a wide range of courses in archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Anthropologists are frequently teachers and/or researchers in educational systems, or, alternatively, they work for public and private agencies. Within these areas, they may be specifically concerned with historic or cultural resource preservation or cross-cultural and minority group relations in such areas as medicine, community development, education, tourism, business, and other specialties.

Program Financial Information

No additional expenses are needed to complete this degree program. Some special courses that travel away from campus, such as ANTH 4550 Field School in Anthropology, will have additional costs. The department offers two endowed scholarships for undergraduate majors: the Robert L. Blakeley Endowed Scholarship in Anthropology and the Jeremy D. Gillen Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology.

Program Academic Regulations

Students must earn a grade of C or better in any courses required for Areas F and G. A grade of C or higher is also required in all courses counting toward an Anthropology minor.

Program Degree Requirements

Alternatives are available to some core and major requirements. Please see a degree program adviser for specific guidelines.

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

B.A. in Anthropology

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)

  1. Required Courses (12)
    • ANTH 2010 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 2030 Archaeology and Prehistory (3)
    • Lang 2001 Intermediate Foreign Language (3)
  2. Choose two total from the following five courses.  You may choose one or both of from the first set: (6)
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)
    • HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3)
    • But only one from this set:
    • AL 2101/FORL 2101 Introduction to Language (3)
    • AL 2101/FORL 2102 Languages of the World (3)
    • Lang 2002 Intermediate Foreign Language (3)
    • ANTH 2040 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3)

Area G: Major Courses (27)

A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
  2. Theory Course. Select one:
  3. Methods Course. Select one (at least 3 hours)
  4. Electives: Additional courses at the 3000 or 4000 level (at least 14 hours)

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

  1. Students majoring in anthropology are not required to take a minor.
  2. Students majoring in anthropology must take additional courses as electives to complete a minimum of 120 hours, exclusive of KH 1010.

Minor in Anthropology

Students who wish to minor in anthropology should complete the following requirements (1 and 2). (at least 15 hours) A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.

  1. Select one course. (3)
    • ANTH 2010 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 2030 Archaeology and Prehistory (3)
  2. Select four anthropology courses at the 3000 level or above (at least 12 hours).

Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in anthropology may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major.