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Grand Valley State University    
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Jul 17, 2019
2018-2019 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 sub-discipline of anthropology; and (3) courses in disciplines related to anthropology. Students majoring in anthropology may earn either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.

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

B.A. and B.S. Degree Requirements:


  • Third-semester proficiency in a foreign language.

Additional Requirements for the B.A.

Select one course from the following; course chosen may not be used as an elective choice.

Additional Requirements for the B.S.

Select one course from the following; course chosen may not be used as an elective choice.

*Practical and Research Experiences

No more than six hours of ANT 307, ANT 308, 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 obtained in any of the four sub-disciplines, or students can arrange a practicum/internship 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 (ANT 399 and ANT 499), a practicum (ANT 490) or Honors Research (ANT 498). No more than six hours of ANT 399, ANT 498, and ANT 499 combined may count toward the major.


Repeated ANT 380s, ANT 330, and ANT 430s may meet elective requirements. Consult an anthropology faculty advisor. ANT 420 and 421 can be used to meet elective requirements for the major; but not both the major and certificate in applied anthropology.  If ANT 305, ANT 317, or ANT 400 are taken to meet the research methods requirement, the course cannot also be used to meet an elective requirement; although a second research methods course can be taken to meet the elective requirement.

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

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year





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