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  Oct 20, 2017
 
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Anthropology


Requirements for a Major in Anthropology


The wide scope and holistic nature of anthropology mean that students should have opportunities to experience three kinds of coursework: (1) courses concerned with the discipline; (2) courses specializing in a subdiscipline of anthropology; and (3) courses in disciplines related to anthropology.

Students majoring in anthropology may earn either a BA or a BS degree. The BA degree requires third-semester proficiency in a foreign language; the BS degree requires the completion of a one year sequence in one of the following natural sciences (BIO 120 & 121, CHM 115 & 116, GEO 111 & 112, GPY 200 & 307, NRM 140 & 150 or PHY 220 & 221) and one 300 or above natural science course from the same discipline.

Majors must complete at least 39-41 hours in the following:

Cognate Degrees:


Other Required Courses:


Additional Requirements for the BA


(select one course from the following; course chosen may not be used as an elective choice):

Additional Requirements for the BS


(select one course from the following; course chosen may not be used as an elective choice)

Electives:


Choose one course from each of the following categories:

Note:


Some ANT 380s and ANT 330s may meet requirements. Consult an Anthropology faculty advisor.

 

Additional Requirements


In addition, students are required to take either ANT 307 (Field Techniques and Laboratory Methods in Anthropology) or ANT 490 (Practicum). No more than six hours of ANT 307 and ANT 490 combined may count toward the major, though students are encouraged to acquire as many practical experience credits as possible. Field experiences can be in archaeology or cultural anthropology, or students can arrange a practicum in a specific field setting of their interest. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors at an early point to begin discussing their choice of field experience. Majors are strongly encouraged to complete courses in related cognate areas, to complete an internship, and to participate in career planning events.

A major in anthropology can acquire additional experience in applied, ecological, economic, medical, or urban anthropology, ethnohistory, or a regional emphasis (e.g., Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Great Lakes archaeology). This can be arranged through the advising process, independent study courses (399 and 499), a practicum (490) or Honors Research (498). No more than six hours of 399, 498, and 499 combined may count toward the major.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Anthropology (B.A.)


First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Spring/Summer:

Fall:

Winter:

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Anthropology (B.S.)


First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Spring/Summer:

Fall:

Winter:

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