The Anthropology Program

What Can I Do With a Major in Anthropology?

With a B.A. in anthropology, students are prepared for graduate school work in any of the four fields of anthropology, leading to careers in fieldwork, publication, cultural resource management, archival administration, teaching or applied anthropology. The degree also provides valuable preparation for professional schools in fields such as medicine, law, dentistry or veterinary sciences or public health. A degree in anthropology can also lead directly to careers in secondary school teaching, social services, business, government, culture and human resource management and international development.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology

Major Requirements: (36 credits)
AN 101 Introduction to Anthropology - 3 credits
AN 222 Cultural Anthropology - 3 credits
AN 230 Archaeology - 3 credits
AN 360 Qualitative Research Methods - 3 credits
AN 450 Senior Seminar in Anthropology - 3 credits
PY 203 Statistics I - 3 credits
SO 235 Inequality and Social Problems - 3 credits
One of the Following:
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3 credits
SO 106 Sociology and Global Issues - 3 credits
SO 307 Sociological Theory - 3 credits
Any four Anthropology Electives - 12 credits

Students are encouraged to select a complimentary area of study (minor or second major) in consultation with their faculty adviser.

Anthropology Minor Requirements: (18 credits)

Choose one of the following concentrations:

Concentration in General Anthropology

The general concentration provides students with a basic foundation in the discipline of anthropology, allowing students to incorporate the principles of anthropology's holistic perspective into their approach to their major discipline.
AN 101 Introduction to Anthropology - 3 credits
AN 222 Cultural Anthropology - 3 credits
Any four Anthropology Electives - 12 credits

Concentration in Applied Anthropology
The concentration in applied anthropology is designed to prepare students to integrate anthropological thinking into their work in other disciplines.  Students will become familiar with the broad range of applications of anthropology and will learn to approach problems from a holistic, interdisciplinary perspective. 
AN 101 Introduction to Anthropology - 3 credits
AN 222 Cultural Anthropology - 3 credits
AN 315 Applied Anthropology - 3 credits
AN 360 Qualitative Research Methods - 3 credits
Any two courses from the following: AN 221, AN 230, AN 238, AN 280, AN 332, SO 106, SO 161 or SO 235* - 6 credits
*Only one sociology course may count toward the minor. 

  • Learning Objectives

    • Develop an understanding of the connection between the individual and social structure by making the connection between Western cultural constructions and universal cultural patterns and making the connection between cultural phenomena and specifically human modes of physicality, ecologyand grammatical structures of the mind.
    • Demonstrate the ability to understand and/or apply theory in Anthropology by demonstrating a critical understanding of concepts and using them correctly; evaluating texts and understanding the major principles, controversies and critiques; demonstrating knowledge of the diverse ways of being human and appreciating the interplay of relative cultural constructions and universal themes of pan-human nature.
    • Develop analytical skills relevant to 21st century anthropology by making connections between the past and the present, the local and the global and by demonstrating an understanding of the basic analytic techniques of physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistics and/or archaeology.
    • Demonstrate the ability to conduct research (original or secondary) in anthropology and be aware of ethical issues in research.
    • Demonstrate the ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing by constructing a logical argument from primary literature and know how to properly reference and cite academic sources.
    • Prepare students for entry-level positions in their chosen fields or for admission into graduate programs.