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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology Major, BS

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This major prepares students for graduate work in anthropology or for careers in anthropology and closely related fields. Electives are chosen in consultation with an advisor to lead into specialization in areas such as: ethnology, linguistics, archaeology, environmental studies, or biological anthropology. Students in this major must have course schedules approved quarterly by their departmental advisors.

Anthropology Program Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define concepts basic to the anthropological study of humans, such as culture, cultural variability, evolutionary change, ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, and holism. 
  • Identify the goals, main subject areas and distinctive characteristics of each sub-field.
  • Recognize the range and variety of biological, cultural, and bio-cultural adaptations past and present.
  • Classify the symbolic and communicative capacities of humans expressed through culture.
  • Identify and describe appropriate research methods and techniques for the 4 sub-fields of anthropology.
  • Use anthropological literature and appropriate information technology
  • Articulate the ethics of the discipline as they relate to hypothetical scenarios.

Required Courses

Intermediate: (300-level courses) Credits: 24

  • Select one 300-level course from each subfield: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural, Linguistics- Credits: (16)
  • Select additional 8 credits from 300-level courses. Credits: (8)

Advanced (400-level courses) Credits: 20

Electives in Anthropology and related fields (must include a course in statistics) Credits: 8

Total Credits: 74

(NOTE: Students planning on graduate school in linguistics are strongly advised to select ANTH 382.)

College and Department Information

Anthropology and Museum Studies Department  
College of the Sciences  

Program Codes

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