Undergraduate Degree Requirements


The Department of Anthropology provides students with knowledge of and appreciation for the biological, linguistic, and cultural diversity of humanity, past and present. The department is structured around the four fields of anthropology (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology), and undergraduates are encouraged to take courses in all four fields to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the discipline as a whole.

Requirements for the Major

The anthropology major requires ten courses (excluding writing practica) totaling no fewer than 30 credits of approved coursework. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the major. Students must take one course above the 1000 level in each of the four fields (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology). Students pursuing the B.S degree, with a major in anthropology, are also required to take two mathematics courses. This includes one calculus course (MATH 1210 Calculus 1 or equivalent) and one statistics course (MATH 1230 Stats for Scientists or a higher-level class in statistics such as ANTH 6010 Quantitative Methods in ANTH).

Other anthropology courses that satisfy the 30-credit requirement can be chosen in light of the student's specific interests. Six elective hours (or two three-credit courses) outside the department may count toward the credit requirement in the anthropology major, These include courses offered by departments in the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Public Health, and the School of Science and Engineering. Such courses must be approved by the major advisor and they should be directly relevant to anthropology and to the student's specific course of study. This flexibility permits anthropology majors to have double majors and to integrate their study of anthropology with various preprofessional curricula (for example, the premedical requirements).

Requirements for the Minor

A minor in anthropology consists of at least five 3- to 4-credit hour ANTH classes. Of these five classes, only one can be at the 1000-level, and at least one 2000-level (or higher) class must come from a second of the four fields (i.e., not all of a student’s upper level classes can be drawn from a single anthropological subdiscipline).

Declaring a Major or Minor in Anthropology

Looking to delcare a major (B.A. or B.S.) or minor in anthroplogy? Email your major/minor declaration form to Dr. Nicole Katin, Anthropology Undergraduate Program coordinator. If you are declaring the major, please also submit our Major Declaration Information Sheet