Anthropology Program Requirements

The major in anthropology was revised effective Fall 2007. The number of credits remains the same but the required courses are slightly different. Students who declare a major in the fall of 2007 or after will need to meet the following requirements.

Required courses

  1. ANTH 101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  2. ANTH 298: Ethnography (3 credits; co-requisite ANTH 299)
  3. ANTH 299: Arguments in Anthropology (3 credits; co-requisite ANTH 298)
  4. ANTH 480: Senior Research (3 credits; fall semester)
  5. ANTH 481: Senior Thesis (3 credits; spring semester)


17 credits of electives, which may include:

  • 17 credits of electives can be attained by taking five elective courses, with at least two courses that carry an additional 1-credit field research component (see list below).
  • ANTH 491/492 Independent Study, BUT NOT ANTH 499: Internship.  Anthropology majors are encouraged to undertake internships, but they are not required for the major and do not count toward the elective requirement.
  • Up to six credits (2 courses) from selected sociology and historic preservation courses. All upper-level sociology courses except for SOCG 491 and 492 are eligible. Eligible historic preservation courses include HISP 207 and HISP 467.
  • Some courses taken at other institutions, including study abroad and field schools.  Be sure to speak to your advisor before taking the course if you want the course to count for elective credit.

Total: 32 credits, 10 courses.

Courses with additional 1-credit field research component:

  • ANTH 309: Anthropology of Art
  • ANTH 316: Political Anthropology
  • ANTH 317: World Economies
  • ANTH 321: Anthropology of Food
  • ANTH 341: Practices of Memory
  • ANTH344: Urban Theory and Ethnography
  • ANTH 491, 492: Independent Study (with instructor approval)
  • SOCG 365: Qualitative Research Methods