Program Overview:

Major in Anthropology

Anthropology studies humankind from a broad comparative and historical perspective, with a focus on specific cultural traditions, forms of social structures, languages and transitions in human evolution and cultural history. Anthropology serves as an excellent background for students who plan to pursue training in law, medicine, nursing, social work, education, conservation, international relations or commerce, or advanced study in the humanities or social sciences.

Program Goals

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Describe the diversity of cultures around the world and across time
  • Demonstrate the methods of anthropological study by applying them to the study of various cultures and populations
  • Demonstrate how varying types of data are collected, analyzed, synthesized and interpreted

Required Courses

Anthropology Foundation

3 of the following courses:

  • ANTHRO 105 Evolution and Social Behavior
  • ANTHRO 211 Culture and Society
  • ANTHRO 212 Global Cultures, Global Inequalities
  • ANTHRO 213 Human Origins
  • ANTHRO 214 Archaeology: Unearthing History
  • ANTHRO 215 Study of Culture through Language
  • ANTHRO 360 Language and Culture


Analysis and Statistics

2 of the following courses:

  • SOCIOL 206 Sociological Analysis
  • STAT 202 Introduction to Statistics
  • ANTHRO 389 Ethnographic Methods and Analysis
  • SOCIOL 329 Field Research and Data Collection


Electives and Field/Independent Study

  • 4 additional 300-level anthropology electives
  • 1 summer field study or 399 Independent Study
  • ANTHRO 370 Anthropology in Historical Perspective

Program Details

Anthropology is a holistic discipline that uniquely draws on the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to look for answers to compelling questions: how did the human species evolve? What is its basic nature, and in what ways is it manifested in different places and times? How have biology, language and culture become the defining characteristics of our species? How and why do cultures change over time? Students may earn either a bachelor of philosophy or a bachelor of science in general studies, depending on their course plan.