New Major Requirements- Available for 21s & 22s. Required for 23s and higher


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

  1. Two introductory courses from the following six courses: ANTH 01, 03, 05, 06, 08, or 09
  2. Seven other Anthropology courses. Courses must include at least one from each sub-field: ARCH, CULT, and BIOL.
  3. A Culminating Experience Seminar,which is designated by course numbers in the 70s above ANTH 70, (e.g. 72, 73, 74, 75, 76). Seminars are usually offered in fall and spring terms.

NOTE: Every course counted as an actual part of the major must be passed with a recorded letter grade.

NOTE: In designing the multiple major program, it is not possible to use any individual course as part of more than a single major (although a course may be part of one major and prerequisite to the other, or prerequisite to each major).

Anthropology MAJOR Worksheet


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Anthropology Major Worksheet

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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 or biological anthropology, and any student considering attending graduate school in anthropology should take at least one statistics course: e.g., GOVT 10, MATH 10, PSYC 10, SOCY 10, or QSS 15.

Anthropology Major Concentrations


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.

Special Circumstances

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.