3100 Anthropology

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Minor in Anthropology

Department of Anthropology
335 Sparks Hall

Kathryn A. Kozaitis, 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, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Anthropologists are frequently teachers and/or researchers in colleges and universities, 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 competencies in such areas as medicine, community development, education, tourism, business, and other specialties.

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

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 the Director of Undergraduate Studies 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)
    • World language at the 1002 level or higher (3)
  2. Select additional courses as follows to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    1. Choose at least one course from the following:
      • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
      • ENVS 1402 Plant Resources in the Environment (4)
      • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
      • GEOL 1122K Introductory Geology II (4)
      • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)
      • HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3)
      • PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking (2)
      • PERS 2001 Perspectives on Comparative Culture (3)
      • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
      • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality
      • World language at the 2001 level (3)
    2. Choose no more than one course from the following:

Area G: Major Courses (27)

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

  1. Course that fulfills CTW requirement (3):
    • ANTH 4970 Senior Seminar in Anthropology-CTW (3)
  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 17 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)
    • ANTH 2040 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (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.

Critical Thinking Through Writing Requirement

As of summer 2015, all students are required to complete one Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) course as part of the major. The university formerly required two CTW courses. Students following previous catalog requirements who have passed one CTW course in the major should consult with their senior academic advisor to determine which courses may be used as a substitution for the other formerly required CTW course. Information on senior advisement in the Office of Academic Assistance is available at cas.gsu.edu/undergraduate/senior-advisement-90-credit-hours/.

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This unit offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the undergraduate director for the specific criteria for this honor.