Academics

Major and Minor Requirements

Major Requirements

Students wishing to major in Anthropology must complete a Minimum of 34 semester hours in Anthropology at the 200 level and above, with a minimum overall GPA for all Anthropology classes of 2.0.

  • Five Core Classes are Required  (16 credits)
    • ATY 213 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • ATY 253  and ATY 253L – Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Lab
    • ATY 258 – Introduction to Archaeology
    • ATY 363 – History of Anthropological Theory (offered every Spring)
    • ATY 595 – Contemporary Issues in Anthropology (offered every Fall)
  • 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 200 Level are Required (9 credits)
  • Two ATY Electives At or Above the 400 level 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 213, 253 + 253L, and 258) 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).
  • ATY 363 is offered every Spring semester and should be taken either during Spring of the student’s sophomore or junior year.  It must be taken before ATY 595.  Please note that we typically do not allow substitutions of courses taken at other universities to fill the requirement for ATY 363.
  • Most students benefit from taking their Methods course during their sophomore or junior year.  Note that Bio Methods (361) and Cultural Methods (360) are offered during Fall semester, while Archaeological Methods (362) is offered every Spring.
  • ATY 595 is offered every Fall semester and is our capstone class for seniors. It must be taken by senior Anthropology majors during the Fall semester of their senior year.  Please note that we typically do not allow substitutions of courses taken at other universities to fill the requirement for ATY 595.

Minor Requirements

Students wishing to earn a minor in Anthropology must complete a Minimum of 15 semester hours in Anthropology at the 200 level and above, including:

  • One Required Course (3 credits)
    • ATY 212 – Introduction to Anthropology

Four Elective Courses in Anthropology at the 200 level and above (12 credits)

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