New Major Requirements- Available for 20s, 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. One course from each of the following three subject areas: Archaeology (ARCH), Biological Anthropology (BIOL), and Cultural Anthropology (CULT); introductory courses may count toward these subject area courses (ANTH 01, 03, and 09 are CULT; ANTH 05 and 08 are ARCH; ANTH 06 is BIOL).
  3. Any five additional courses (six if introductory courses from different subject areas are taken) from the department's offerings.
  4. 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.

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.

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.

Old Major Requirements- Required for 19s; Optional for 20s, 21s, and 22s


The Major in Anthropology 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 subfields: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology.
  3. A Culminating Experience: ANTH 72, ANTH 73, ANTH 74, ANTH 75, or ANTH 76.
  4. Any five additional anthropology courses.


Anthropology majors may choose to concentrate in one or more subfields of anthropology by taking at least four courses in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, or Cultural Anthropology.