Anthropology BA

General Education Requirements

Majors must satisfy the university and college general education requirements. Any foreign language may be used to meet the language requirement for the B.A. degrees.

Degree Requirements

All required courses for the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better. The following courses are required:

ANTHRO 1005Introduction to Biological Anthropology4
ANTHRO 1011Introduction To Cultural Anthropology (MOTR ANTH 201)3
ANTHRO 1019Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTHRO 4315Anthropology Past, Present, and Future3
Select nine additional credit hours in Anthropology numbered 1000-2999 19
Select two of the following methods courses:6
Forensic Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Ethnographic Field Research Methods
Data Analytics in the Social Sciences
Field Methods in Archaeology
Community Based Research in Anthropology
Laboratory Methods in Archaeology
Select nine additional credit hours in Anthropology numbered 3000-49999
Total Hours37

The total number of hours required for the major is 37.
Students may elect to take up to, but not to exceed, 15 additional hours in anthropology courses of their choice.

At the end of the program, students should have these competencies:

  •  Discipline-Specific (Content) Knowledge
    Graduates will be able to discuss the importance of cultural diversity, thus preparing them to function in multicultural or international settings. Graduates will understand the common evolutionary origins that unify all cultural differences, as well as human biological variation within our shared humanity. Graduates will develop in-depth knowledge of the culture of a particular region of the world.
  • Communication Skills
    Graduates will develop social science writing skills, including writing of a research proposal for a grant agency and a substantial research report. Graduates will develop oral presentation skills, including presenting a formal research report.
  • Information Management/Quantitative Skills
    Graduates will master research methods in one of the subfields of anthropology (cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology). Graduates will learn to design and conduct an original research project, working in close cooperation with faculty.
  • Valuing/Ethics/Integrity
    Graduates will be able to discuss and articulate the professional ethics and codes of conduct of the discipline.
  • Critical Thinking Skills
    Graduates will develop the ability to apply anthropological concepts in performing critical analysis of broad historical trends and complex social issues. Graduates will be able to value cultural diversity, thus preparing them to function in multicultural or international settings.
  • Application/Internship Skills
    Graduates will gain hands-on experience in the application of anthropological concepts to real life and will be able to apply anthropological theory to real-life experience.

Residency Requirement

Undergraduate majors must complete a minimum of 17 hours of upper-level (3000-5000) Anthropology courses in residence, including:

ANTHRO 4315Anthropology Past, Present, and Future3
And at least one of the following:3
Forensic Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Data Analytics in the Social Sciences
Ethnographic Field Research Methods
Field Methods in Archaeology
Community Based Research in Anthropology
Laboratory Methods in Archaeology
Total Hours6

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the diversity of human cultures and the interconnectedness of people around the world
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the evolutionary and historical processes that shaped our ancestors and led to the biological, behavioral, and cultural diversity seen in the present
  • Demonstrate a command of key concepts, issues, theories, and debates in anthropology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of varying types of anthropological data and how they are collected, analyzed, synthesized, and interpreted
  • Think critically and analytically about issues of social justice and social inequality
  • Apply problem-solving and research skills beneficial to anthropology as well as to a variety of careers in today’s global economy
  • Communicate cross-culturally and within multicultural settings
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the role of anthropology in the workplace and the real world

Sample Four Year Plan 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311ANTHRO 10054
ANTHRO 10113ANTHRO 10193
ENGL 11003Foreign Language 10025
CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
Foreign Language 10015 
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ANTHRO 1000-2999 level course3ANTHRO 1000-2999 level course3
ANTHRO 1000-2999 level course3CORE - US History and Government3
Foreign Language 21013CORE - Information Literacy3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3
EXPLORE - Math and Natural Sciences3Elective or minor3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ANTHRO 40003ANTHRO 3000-4999 course3
ANTHRO 3000-4999 level course3CORE - Communication Proficiency3
ENGL 31003Elective or minor3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3Elective or minor3
EXPLORE - Math and Natural Sciences3Elective or minor3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ANTHRO 40003ANTHRO 43153
ANTHRO 3000-4999 course3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 Recommended course list, elective or minor1
 15 16
Total Hours: 121

INTDSC 1003 is required only for first-time freshmen and transfer students with less than 24 college credits.

PLEASE NOTE: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.