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Anthropology Major (ANTH)

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level

AOS Code: U101

The General Anthropology Major provides training in human biological, social and behavioral science within the broader framework of a liberal arts education. The program presents a holistic view of the nature of humans in society, past and present, through courses in linguistics, prehistory, physical anthropology, and cultural anthropology. It provides a solid foundation for both a basic liberal arts education as well as for one of the concentrations in anthropology.

Student Learning Goals

Upon completion of the program, Anthropology majors will be able to: demonstrate a broad knowledge of cultural diversity, ethnocentrism, and cultural relativity; analyze the social, political, and religious structure of diverse societies; distinguish Old, New, and Post-Processual Archaeology, including the ability to recover and analyze artifacts from archaeological sites; demonstrate knowledge of the mechanisms of biological evolution and analyze fossil evidence for such; analyze phonemes, parts of speech, and the basic phrase structure of languages.

Program Requirements

I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

Core Category


Students may select courses for:


Literature (GLT)


Fine Arts (GFA)


Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (GPR)


Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (GHP)


Mathematics (GMT)


Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
ENG 101 or FMS 115 or RCO 101, and one additional GRD course




Department specifies courses for:


Natural Sciences (GNS)
ATY 253 and one other GNS course with a different departmental prefix


Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)
ATY 213 and one other GSB course (see III for additional GSB requirement)



II General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/ concentration.

Students may select courses for:

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)
four (4) courses carrying GL/GN markers, at least one of which must carry the GN marker

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course
In addition to this SI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive.

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course
In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive.

III College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (CAR)

See requirements and approved courses.



Historical Perspectives on Western Culture
either a GHP/GPM or GMO course


Humanities and Fine Arts
one additional Literature (GLT) course


Natural Sciences
one additional GNS/GLS or GPS course


Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)
one additional GSB course


Foreign Language (GFL)
intermediate-level proficiency in one language, demonstrated by placement test, or completion of course work through course number 204


Writing Intensive Courses (WI)
a total of four WI courses



IV Major Requirements

Minimum 34 semester hours in anthropology above the 100-level to include the following:

Core Courses

  1. ATY 213*, 253*, 258, 411, 595
  2. Methods. One of the following: ATY 360, 476, or 553
  3. Five additional ATY courses at the 300 level or above

Although not a requirement beyond the 34 hours minimum, majors may choose to take additional courses in general anthropology or the additional courses may be in one of the subdisciplines:


Cultural Anthropology

Physical Anthropology


Majors in consultation with a faculty member in the subdiscipline will select the appropriate courses.

*ATY 213 satisfies one GSB; ATY 253 satisfies one GNS

V Related Area Requirements

Majors who follow a plan for one of the accelerated master’s programs should satisfy the related area requirements for that program.

VI Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for the degree.