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

  1. An introductory course: ANTH 01 - Introduction to Anthropology or ANTH 03 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
  2. At least one course from each of the following four subject areas: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and the two subsets of Socio-Cultural Anthropology - Topical and Area (these areas are indicated as ARCH, BIOL, TOPIC or AREA in each course description).
  3. Any six additional courses from the department's offerings.
  4. A culminating experience is required for the major and must be satisfied by completion of a Senior Seminar selected from amongst the courses ANTH 72 - ANTH 77. This is to be taken as one of the ten courses required for the major.

Please note that ANTH 03 fulfills the introductory requirement of the major in addition to the Topical subject area requirement. If ANTH 01 is taken in fulfillment of requirement 1, a Topical course must be taken to fulfill requirement 2 and five additional Anthropology courses must be taken to fulfill requirement 3.

As an example, a student interested in studying Latin American Archaeology might choose to take the following courses:

ANTH 01 - Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 05 - Reconstructing the Past: Introduction to Archaeology (ARCH)
ANTH 14 - Death and Dying (TOPIC)
ANTH 21 - The Aztecs (ARCH)
ANTH 22 - Olmecs, Maya, and Toltecs: Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica (ARCH)
ANTH 23 - The Incas (ARCH)
ANTH 35 - Maya Indians under Mexican and Guatemalan Rule (AREA)
ANTH 43 - Human Osteology (BIOL)
ANTH 59 - Who Owns the Past? (ARCH)
ANTH 75 - Ecology, Culture, and Environment (ARCH) - Culminating Experience

Whereas, the following example illustrates the courses another student might consider taking who is interested in Socio-Cultural Anthropology:

ANTH 03 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (TOPIC)
ANTH 08 - The Rise and Fall of Prehistoric Civilizations (ARCH)
ANTH 09 - Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture (TOPIC)
ANTH 18 - Introduction to Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology (TOPIC)
ANTH 48 - Anthropology of Religion (TOPIC)
ANTH 49 - Environment, Culture, and Sustainability (TOPIC)
ANTH 51 - Colonialism and Its Legacies (TOPIC) - Foreign Study Program (FSP)
ANTH 52 - Introduction to Maori Society (AREA) - FSP
ANTH 54 - Foreign Study in Anthropology (TOPIC) - FSP
ANTH 74 - The Human Spectrum (BIOL) - Culminating Experience

There are many paths students could choose to follow when studying Anthropology. Please contact the Department if you would like to discuss the possibilities.


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.

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.

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.


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.