B.A. in Anthropology

A major in anthropology consists of a minimum of 33 hours of coursework: 21 hours of core courses in anthropology and an additional 12 hours of elective courses at the 2900 level or above in anthropology. Also required are 18 hours of course work in a related field, at least 9 credits of which are at the 3/4000 level.

The undergraduate major of 33 hours must include the following:

Core Courses
ANTH 2020Introduction To Archaeology3
ANTH 2700Human Evolution3
ANTH 2800Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 4530Qualitative Approaches in Social Science Research3
or ANTH 4510 Field Methods in Archaeology
or ANTH 4520 Laboratory Methods In Archaeology
or ANTH 4560 Ethnographic Fieldwork
or ANTH 4440 People, Population, and Society: Demographic Analysis
Select one of the following:3
Indians Of North America
Peoples Of World: An Evolutionary Approach
Peoples Of Subsaharan Africa
ANTH 4200History and Theory in Anthropology-WAC3
ANTH 2000Proseminar In Anthropology I1
ANTH 4000Proseminar In Anthropology II2
1 WAC in discipline
Select 12 additional elective hours of anthropology courses; must be from the 2900 level or above.12
Courses in the subfields of anthropology not listed in the catalog can sometimes be arranged through independent study with department faculty.
Total Hours33

Students should discuss their personal and professional interests with the undergraduate advisor before selecting elective courses to complete the major. 

Related Hours

The requirement of 18 related hours is to be met with the following:

Related Hours
ARTH 2200Ethnographic Art3
LING 3150Linguistic Principles3
Select 12 hours of electives; six hours must be from the 3000/4000 level12
Total Hours18

In special circumstances, the undergraduate advisor may approve alternatives to those courses listed above. Students may not take P/NC in major or related courses.

Below is a sample plan of study. Consult your degree audit for your program requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermHours
AR 1000 First Year Orientation 1
ENGL 1110 College Composition I 3
ANTH 2700 Human Evolution 3
Elementary Foreign Language I 4
Arts/Humanities Core (Fine Art) 3
ANTH 2020 Introduction To Archaeology 3
Second Term
ANTH 2000 Proseminar In Anthropology I 1
ENGL 1130 College Composition II: Academic Disciplines And Discourse 3
MATH 1180
Reasoning With Mathematics
or Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving
Elementary Foreign Language II 4
Natural Sciences Core 3
Third Term
ANTH 2800 Cultural Anthropology (Non-US Diversity) 3
Intermediate Foreign Language I or approved culture course 3
ENGL 2710-2800 Arts/Humanities Core (English Lit) 3
Arts/Humanities Core (HIST 1010 - 1200) 3
Natural Sciences Core 3
Natural Sciences Core (Lab) 1
Fourth Term
ANTH 3000-ANTH 4000 Major Elective 3
ARTH 2200 Ethnographic Art 3
Related or Minor course 3
Intermediate Foreign Language II or approved culture course 3
Elective 3
Fifth Term
ANTH 3850 Peoples Of World: An Evolutionary Approach 3
ENGL 3150 Linguistic Principles 3
ANTH 3000-ANTH 4000Major Elective 3
Related or Minor course 3
Social Sciences Core 3
Sixth Term
ANTH 3000-ANTH 4000Major Elective 3
ANTH 4000 Proseminar In Anthropology II 2
ANTH 4530
Qualitative Approaches in Social Science Research
or Field Methods in Archaeology
or Laboratory Methods In Archaeology
or Ethnographic Fieldwork
or People, Population, and Society: Demographic Analysis
Related or Minor course (WAC) 3
Diversity of U.S. 3
Elective 2
Seventh Term
ANTH 4200 History and Theory in Anthropology-WAC 3
ANTH 3000-ANTH 4000Major Elective 3
ANTH 4XXXSenior Project/Major Elective 3
Elective 3000-4000 level 6
Eighth Term
Related or Minor course 3000-4000 level 3
ANTH 4XXXSenior Project/Major Elective 3
Elective 3000-4000 level 6
 Total Hours120
  • PLO 1: Anthropological Knowledge: Students will be able to summarize and compare key terms, ideas, and concepts in Anthropology; students will demonstrate an ability to summarize the various subfields of Anthropology and discuss how they each contribute to our understanding of what it means to be human.
  • PLO 2: Theoretical Knowledge: Students will be able to theorize the development of human culture, behavior, and biology and how they are integrated based on the major theoretical perspectives in Anthropology; students will be able to describe the historical development of the discipline and compare/contrast it with current anthropological approaches.
  • PLO 3: Methodological Knowledge: Students will be able to describe methodological techniques in the four areas of anthropology, and be able to indicate which methods are appropriate for different research questions; students also will practice these methods in field and lab settings.
  • PLO 4: Critical Thinking: Students will employ critical and analytical skills to critique, debate, and share opinions about scholarly works. They will apply problem solving skills and propose ways to address contemporary issues based on anthropological knowledge, theory, and methods.
  • PLO 5: Personal and Social Responsibility: Students will be able to convey an understanding of personal and social responsibility.
  • PLO 6: Communication: Students will demonstrate information literacy and communication skills.