Major and Minor Requirements

Major Requirements

Students wishing to major in Anthropology must complete a minimum of 34 semester hours in Anthropology at the 100 level and above, with a minimum overall GPA for all Anthropology classes of 2.0.  Students must complete at a minimum 120 credit hours for graduation with at least 36 credits at or above the 300-level. Although not a requirement beyond the 34 credit minimum, majors may choose to take additional courses in any of the subdisciplines: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, or Biological Anthropology. Students may select appropriate courses in consultation with a faculty member in one of the subdisciplines. 

  • Five Required Core Classes offered every Fall and Spring  (16 credits)
    • ATY 113 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • ATY 153  and ATY 153L – Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Lab
    • ATY 158 – Introduction to Archaeology
    • ATY 363 – History of Anthropological Theory 
    • ATY 495 – Contemporary Issues in Anthropology 
  • One Methods Class is Required (3 credits)
    • ATY360 – Methods in Archaeology (offered every Spring)
    • ATY 361 – Methods in Biological Anthropology (offered every Fall)
    • ATY 362 – Methods in Cultural Anthropology (offered every Fall)
  • Three ATY Electives At or Above the 400 level are Required (9 credits)
  • Two additional ATY Electives are Required (6 credits)
  • One Writing Intensive (WI) Class in Anthropology is Required
  • One Speaking Intensive (SI) Class in Anthropology is Required

Course Sequence

Many students wonder what sequence of Anthropology courses makes sense for majors?  One of the goals of our program is to allow students the flexibility of creating their own individual sequence of courses tailored to their individual interests.  However, there are a few simple rules to keep in mind as you proceed along your own, individual path towards completion of your degree requirements.

  • Take the three introductory courses (ATY 113, 153 + 153L, and 158) as soon as possible: these courses provide the necessary background for most of our advanced classes in each of the three sub disciplines (Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and Archaeology).
  • Students should take their Methods course during their sophomore or junior year.  Note that Bio Methods (361) and Cultural Methods (362) are offered during Fall semester, while Archaeological Methods (360) is offered every Spring.
  • ATY 363 must be taken before ATY 495.  
  • ATY 495 must be taken during your senior year. ATY 495 is offered every Fall and Spring.

Minor Requirements

Students wishing to earn a minor in Anthropology must complete 15 semester hours in Anthropology from any course with an ATY prefix.


University Catalog

Visit the University Catalog to find an overview about the Anthropology program, Faculty listing, Anthropology programs offered at UNCG, and all Anthropology and Archaeology courses with descriptions and MAC requirements.

University Catalog for the Anthropology Program

University Catalog for the Archaeology Program


Additional Requirements

Undergraduate Policies and University Requirements

General Education Requirements (MAC)

College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (CIC)

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