The major consists of ten courses, to be selected as follows:

  1. Anthropology 1 or 3.
  2. At least one course from each of the following four subject areas: Archaeology, Topical (if Anthropology 1 is taken in fulfillment of Requirement 1), Area, Biological Anthropology (these areas are indicated as ARCH, TOPICAL, AREA, or BIOL in each course description).
  3. Any six additional courses (five if Anthropology 1 is taken in fulfillment of Requirement 1) from among the Department's offerings.

A culminating experience is required for the major and must be satisfied by completion of a Culminating Seminar selected from one of the following areas: Area/Topical Anthropology (73), Archaeology (75), or Biological Anthropology (77), to be taken as one of the ten courses required for the major.


Archaeology is the scientific study of past human behavior and societies from material remains of the earliest human ancestors to recent times. Students concentrating in archaeology should take at least one topical course and one regional course in archaeology. Students interested in graduate studies in archaeology should have a statistics course and fieldwork experience that can be gained by taking an archaeological field school for transfer credit.

Socio-cultural anthropology

Socio-cultural anthropology addresses broad questions about what it means to be human in contemporary societies and cultures, as well as those of the recent past. Socio-cultural anthropologists systematically explore topics such as technology and material culture, social organization, economies, political and legal systems, language, ideologies and religions, health and illness, and social change. Students concentrating in sociocultural anthropology are strongly advised to take the course in ethnographic research methods, Anthro. 18. Students planning on graduate studies in socio-cultural anthropology are advised to take Main Currents in Anthropology, Anthro. 73.

Biological anthropology

Biological anthropology is the study of human biological variation and evolution. Biological anthropologists seek to document and explain the patterning of biological variation among contemporary human populations, trace the evolution of our lineage through time in the fossil record, and provide a comparative perspective on human uniqueness by placing our species in the context of other living primates. Students concentrating in biological anthropology are advised to take a course in statistics, as well as one or more advanced courses in biological sciences.

Under special circumstances, students may petition the Anthropology faculty to substitute a course from another department or program to count for the Anthropology major. The petition should be submitted to the Chair, along with a copy of the syllabus for the substitute course and a list of the student's major courses. The petition must be approved by a vote of the Anthropology Department faculty.


All anthropology majors are encouraged to take a course in statistics. Students who plan to undertake independent research, especially in archaeology and biological anthropology, and any student considering attending graduate school in anthropology should take at least one statistics course: e.g., Government 10, Math & Social Science 15, Psychology 10, Sociology 10, or Social Science 10.