Majors & Minors

Anthropology Major | Anthropology Minor

General Distribution Requirement

All courses in the anthropology department count toward the general distribution requirement in the social sciences except for ANTH 115ANTH 240, ANTH 340ANTH 405, ANTH 604, ANTH 614, ANTH 624, and ANTH 634. Courses numbered ANTH 115, ANTH 240 and ANTH 340 count toward the general distribution requirement in math/natural sciences, while course numbered ANTH 405 counts toward the fine arts distribution. Consult the department chair for information on how specific topics courses may meet a general distribution requirement.

General Education Requirements

Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and multiculturalism will be posted on the Registrar's web page in advance of registration for each semester.

Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.

Honors Program

The anthropology department participates in the Honors Program. Eligibility requirements, application procedures and specific project expectations for the anthropology department are available from either the department website or the Director of Academic Programs.

Topics Courses

ANTH 194, ANTH 294, ANTH 394, ANTH 494

Examination of selected topics of relevance to anthropology, such as Primates; Anthropology through Science Fiction; Darfur: Conflict and Human Rights in Africa, and Applied Anthropology. To be announced at registration. (4 credits)

Independent Study

The department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials, independent projects, internships, preceptorships and Honors independent projects. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.  In general, these do not count towards fulfillment of the major. An exception may be made at the discretion of the department chair.

Anthropology Major

Major Requirements

A major in anthropology consists of ten courses, including either ANTH 101 or ANTH 111 (either of which is a prerequisite for all other anthropology courses except ANTH 112, ANTH 115, ANTH 240 and ANTH 340), ANTH 230 (which should ideally be taken in the sophomore year or before the student studies abroad), either ANTH 387 or ANTH 487, the senior seminar (ANTH 490) and other anthropology courses chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor. Students with an interest in Biological Anthropology should take ANTH 387 ; students planning to go on to graduate study in Cultural Anthropology should take ANTH 487 . Beginning with the class of 2016, anthropology majors must also take ONE of the following courses: ANTH 112, ANTH 115ANTH 239, ANTH 240 , ANTH 340 or ANTH 381 . Majors are strongly urged to take at least one ethnographic area course. If a student cannot complete a required non-elective course successfully in two attempts, he or she must petition the department chair for permission to attempt it a third time. Students may not take both ANTH 101 and ANTH 111 for credit.

In addition, a student majoring in anthropology must complete one semester of study off-campus on either a domestic or foreign study program after successfully completing a course in research methods (either ANTH 230 or a similar course approved by the department). The off-campus program chosen by the student should have a substantial fieldwork-based component or the opportunity to engage in significant independent research. For this reason, the department does not recommend direct enrollment in foreign universities as a study abroad option. Where appropriate, a student may, with the permission of the department chair, count one course taken on an off-campus program towards the major, with the exception noted below.

A maximum of two courses in anthropology taken at other universities or institutions of tertiary education (including foreign universities) may be counted towards the major at the discretion of the department chair.

If circumstances warrant, a student may petition the department to waive a requirement, provided an alternative acceptable to the department is proposed.

Anthropology Minor

Minor Requirements

A minor in anthropology consists of five courses chosen with the assistance of the student’s departmental advisor. One of the courses must be ANTH 101 or ANTH 111. Courses taken on study abroad or at other universities do not count towards the minor.