The Anthropology 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. One course from each of the following three subject areas: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology.
  3. Any five additional courses from the department's offerings.
  4. A Culminating Experience Seminar, which is designated by course numbers in the 70s, (e.g. ANTH 72, 73, 74, 75, 76). Seminars are usually offered in Fall and Spring terms.


Anthropology majors may choose to concentrate in a subfield of anthropology by taking at least four courses in: archaeology, biological anthropology, or cultural anthropology. As an example, a student interested in studying Archaeology might choose to take the following courses:

ANTH 01 - Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 05 - Reconstructing the Past: Introduction to Archaeology (ARCH)
ANTH 11 - Ancient Native Americans (ARCH)
ANTH 14 - Death and Dying (CULT)
ANTH 21 - The Aztecs (ARCH)
ANTH 22 - Olmecs, Maya, and Toltecs: Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica (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 might choose to follow when studying Anthropology. Please contact any faculty member in the department if you would like to discuss the possibilities.

A special note about statistics

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.