Program Overview:

Undergraduate Anthropology Major

The field of anthropology studies humankind from a broad comparative and historical perspective, with a focus on specific cultural traditions, forms of social structures, languages and transitions in human evolution and cultural history. Anthropology serves as an excellent background for students who plan to pursue training and careers in law, medicine, nursing, social work, education, conservation, international relations or commerce, or advanced study in the humanities or social sciences.

Program Goals

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Describe the diversity of cultures around the world and across time
  • Demonstrate the methods of anthropological study by applying them to the study of various cultures and populations
  • Demonstrate how varying types of data are collected, analyzed, synthesized and interpreted


Distribution Requirements

Anthropology Major Requirements

  •           3 of the following:
  • ANTHRO  105  Evolution and Social Behavior

    The aim of this course is to bridge evolution and social behavior by tracing the development of the brain and the evolutionary and social functions of human consciousness. The course begins with an overview of the basic theory on the relationship between evolution and social behavior (humans and non-humans) at the genetic level. The course will then progress to an overview of the evolution of the human brain and the ramifications of this development in the history of the species. Once the basics are covered, we will turn to recent research in neuroscience to interrogate the more profound question of consciousness and its potential impact in the evolution of human beings. The assigned ethnographies will be used as case studies to allow students to make theoretical arguments based on empirical evidence in the social sciences.

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  • ANTHRO  211  Culture and Society

    This course is an introduction to the comparative study of culture, exploring different types of social organization and their economic and political correlates in the context of contemporary globalization.

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  • ANTHRO  213  Human Origins

    This course covers the emergence of the human species through the process of organic evolution, emphasizing genetics, the fossil record, and comparison with our nearest living relatives.

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  • ANTHRO  214  Archaeology: Unearthing History

    This course introduces the questions, theories and methods of archaeology. We will investigate how archaeologists locate, survey and excavate the great monuments of the past; how they study artifacts in the lab; and how they use the stuff they find to piece together stories about the past, and test those stories against the evidence. The diversity of ancient and modern peoples, their cultures, and the past they inhabited will be explored, as well as the place of archaeology in the modern world—how archaeologists engage with questions such as long-term climate change and human response, sustainability and inequality.

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  • ANTHRO  215  Study of Culture through Language

    This course covers the scope of linguistic anthropology, from the study of language as an end in itself to the investigation of cultures through the medium of human languages.

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  • ANTHRO  360  Language and Culture

    This course covers the relationship between language and culture, language as the vehicle of culture and as the manifestation of thought.

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  •           2 of the following 3 courses:
  • SOCIOL  226  Sociological Analysis

    This course covers the logic and methods of social research, qualitative and quantitative analysis of social data, and ethical, political, and policy issues in social research.

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  • STAT  202  Introduction to Statistics

    This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of statistics. Throughout the course, students will learn to: summarize data using graphs and tables; explain/calculate descriptive statistics, confidence intervals, correlation, regression, and probability; and explain tests of significance and data-production including sampling and experiments. Basic knowledge of algebra is recommended.

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  • ANTHRO  389  Ethnographic Methods and Analysis

    Students learn descriptive, naturalistic study of the culture of human social groups. Data gathering through observation and interview, and data analysis for ethnographic reporting are covered in the course.

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  • 4 additional 300-level anthropology electives   
  • 1 field study or ANTHRO 399 Independent Study   
  • ANTHRO  370  Anthropology in Historical Perspective

    This course covers major schools of thought in social, archaeological, and biological anthropology over the last century.

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