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Students who are anthropology majors explore human diversity across time and space. In coursework, they study the evolutionary adaptations of the human species globally, from earliest times to the present. Students learn about the archaeological study of ancient societies, fossils, human biology, primate behavior, the structure and development of language, and the diversity of world cultures. Anthropologists study the components of cultural systems, such as the anthropology of health, gender, religious belief systems, political economy and the arts. They also study the process of social change and are engaged in addressing global challenges.

Anthropology courses provide the foundation for graduate work in archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology and other fields.


Plan of study for Anthropology

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) ANTH 10000 (Introduction to Anthropology), Individual and Society* (3) ANTH 20400 (Introduction to Human Evolution), Natural Sciences*

ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)or (3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition

Global Perspective* (ANTH 20100, Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory recommended)

(3) ANTH 20500 (Human Cultural Diversity), Other Cultures* (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)*
(3) Mathematics* (3) Elective
(3) Other Languages*† (3) Elective
(15-16) (15)

Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) Anthropology Requirement, Note A (3) Aesthetic Awareness*
(3) Natural Sciences* with Laboratory (3) Anthropology Requirement, Note A
(3) Western Heritage* (ANTH 31200, Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Near East recommended) (3) Gender Issues* (ANTH 23000, Gender Across Cultures recommended)
(3) Elective (3) Statistics*
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  

Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) Anthropology Requirement, Note A (3) Anthropology Requirement, Note A
(3) Social Ethics* (3) Anthropology Requirement, Note A
(3) United States Tradition* (3) Racial and Ethnic Diversity*
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(18)   (18)  

Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) Anthropology Requirement, 50000 Level,
Note A
(3) ANTH 40700 (Development of Contemporary Theory)
(3) Elective (3) Anthropology Requirement, Note A
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  


Anthropology Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level.

A. Eight (8) courses from the Anthropology list. At least one course must be chosen from each of the four subfields (Cultural, Archaeology, Biological, Linguistics), and at least one of these eight courses must be at the 50000 level.