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Anthropology Program Requirements for 2022-2023

As an anthropology major, you will receive instruction in all four fields of anthropology: cultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology, as well as archaeology.

B.A. in Anthropology

For students majoring in anthropology, all courses designated as anthropology (ANTH) and all other courses outside of the discipline that meet a major requirement are included in the determination of the grade point average in the major.


100 Level Core Courses – 6 credits

At least TWO 100 level courses must be selected:

  • ANTH 104 – CC Foundations of Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 106D – P5 Cross Cultural Interaction (3)
  • ANTH 107 – CC Conflict and Culture (3)
  • ANTH 110 – P1 Myths, Monsters, and Mysteries (3)

200 Level Core Courses – 12 credits

At least ONE course must be selected from EACH of the subfields below:

Cultural Anthropology

  • ANTH 209 – P5 World Cultures (3)
  • ANTH 226 – P2 Anthropology of Law (3)
  • ANTH 227– P3 Anthropology of Sex (3)
  • ANTH 238 – P5 Global Health (3)
  • ANTH 240 – P2 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion (3)

Biological Anthropology

  • ANTH 201D – P4 The Human Animal (3)
  • ANTH 221C – P4 Bones, Bodies, and Detection (3)
  • ANTH 231C – P4 The Primates (3)
  • ANTH 241D – P3 Medical Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 260 – P4 Genetics, Health, and Human Variation (3)
  • SOCI 201 – SQ Principles of Epidemiology (3)

Linguistic Anthropology

  • ANTH 204D – P5 Studying Language (3)
  • ANTH 237 – Language and Society (3)
  • ANTH 243 – P5 Ethnomedicine (3)


  • ANTH 254 – Ancient Civilizations (3)
  • ANTH 264 – P4 Paleopathology (3)
  • ARTS/MSTD 228D – P3 Introduction to Museum Studies (3)
  • ARTS/MSTD 229D – P3 This Old House – Historic Site Administration (3)

300 Level Core Courses – 6 credits

At least  TWO courses must be selected:

  • ANTH 305 – Seminar in Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 306 – Seminar in Biological Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 308 – Archeology: Theory and Methods (3)
  • ANTH 320 – Disaster, Hazard, and Risk (3)
  • ANTH 330 – Special Topics in Area Studies (3)

Electives – 6 credits

TWO additional ANTH electives may be chosen at any level excluding any foundational core courses (Learning Community, Research-Based Writing and Data Analytics).

Total: 30 credits

Each major is strongly encouraged to study a foreign language in depth, take a course in statistical methods, and spend appreciable time experiencing another culture. This may be done by attending college in a foreign country for a semester or year, taking part in a summer research or study program, or traveling. Students should discuss the possibilities of such work with their departmental advisor.

Each major is also strongly encouraged to complete a departmental internship (ANTH 490) or to take part in a fieldwork course (ANTH 493).

Minor in Anthropology

A minor in anthropology consists of six anthropology courses (18 credits) with at least one of the courses at or above the 300 level. These courses may include any listed ANTH course, excluding any foundational core courses (Learning Community, Research-Based Writing, and Data Analytics).

Note: Only one course applied to a student's major may also be used to satisfy a requirement in the anthropology minor. For students minoring in anthropology, a grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses designated as anthropology (ANTH) and taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.

Note: The program requirements listed are for the current academic year. Past and future program requirements may differ. Visit the catalog website to access current and past catalogs.