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  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor

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.

Curriculum Requirements

  • 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.

  • Requirements for a Minor in 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. 

Program Highlights

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Articulate the anthropological perspective as built on comparative and holistic approaches to understanding cultural and biological systems.
  • Describe how evolutionary and historical processes have shaped human kind and led to present day biological and cultural diversity.
  • Apply anthropological theories and frameworks to analyze how cultural systems shape the human experience.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in anthropological research design, data collection and analytical techniques.
  • Apply ethical principles to analyzing issues in anthropological research.
  • Demonstrate the ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing by constructing a logical argument from anthropological and related literature.
  • Articulate the nature and value of anthropological perspectives and skills in professional and academic applications.