The Department of Anthropology is committed to providing its students with knowledge of and appreciation for the physical and cultural diversity of humanity, past and present. The department is structured around the four subfields of anthropology (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology), and undergraduates are encouraged to explore the breadth of the field through study in all aspects of the discipline. The department offers an undergraduate major leading to either the B.A. or B.S. degree in anthropology; there is no minor in anthropology.
Anthropology majors in Newcomb-Tulane college may graduate with either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Anthropology.
The process of declaring a major in the Department of Anthropology is very simple. Pick up a Major Declaration Form from your Academic Advisor. When you bring it to the Anthropology main office (in Dinwiddie Hall Rm 101), be prepared to note in which of our four concentrations you're most considering focusing: archaeological, biological, cultural, or linguistic anthropology. You will be assigned an advisor based on this specification. That advisor will go over the program of study and discuss with you the courses you have already taken and what your future plans should include. Students wishing to change majors should follow the same process. Once you have declared your major, your departmental advisor is your major advisor and will be until you graduate. If there are any questions concerning your program of study, departmental requirements, or your academic standing, you should contact your advisor for further information.
The subject matter of anthropology is such that most of the curriculum is not organized sequentially. Few anthropology courses at Tulane have specific prerequisites; exceptions, as is most often the case with linguistic courses, are noted in our Undergraduate Degree Requirements. For our course offerings, Anthropology's offerings are included in Tulane's Course Catalog, found in the Academic Advising Center.
Anthropology majors are expected to choose their courses from among those with course numbers less than 7000. 6000-level courses are designed for both undergraduate and graduate students, and anthropology majors may choose freely from these offerings. For more information regarding requirements for majoring in anthropology, see our Undergraduate Degree Requirements.
For further information regarding anthropology courses being offered during the current semester, please visit Tulane's Schedule of Classes.
For further information regarding the Anthropology Course Catalog, see Tulane's Course Catalog in the Academic Advising Center.
A limited number of internships for undergraduate course credit are available to anthropology majors. Students interested in enrolling in such courses should consult with the departmental chair and the Center for Public Service.
The Anthropology Students Union of Tulane (ASUT) was formed in 1997 as the undergraduate anthropology group of Tulane. ASUT has several goals it strives to fulfill. One goal is to educate the Tulane community about anthropology through events such as Anthro Week. Another goal is to provide information to anthropology majors about graduate schools and other opportunities. This is done using an e-mail listserv. Finally, ASUT strives to bring together the anthropology majors, graduate students, professors and staff through gatherings such as parties, picnics, and other events. In addition to these activities, ASUT also plans fundraisers, field trips and lectures throughout the academic year.
Visit our Student Clubs page to learn more about social resources for undergraduates.
Announcements of interest to majors are posted on bulletin boards on the 4th floor of Dinwiddie Hall. The bulletin boards contain notices of lectures and other events in the department and elsewhere on campus, as well as graduate programs in anthropology and related disciplines at other institutions.
The Department of Anthropology awards four prizes to graduating seniors on an irregular basis. The Victoria Reifler Bricker Award is given to the outstanding graduate for excellence in Linguistics. The Arden R. King Prize for Excellence in Anthropology is awarded to an outstanding senior. The Robert Wauchope Award is given to a senior anthropology major for a record of excellence in Anthropology. And the Elizabeth Watts Award is given to the outstanding graduate in Physical Anthropology.
There are numerous opportunities for students who are interested in archaeology to receive training in excavation and laboratory techniques during the summer. Announcements for field schools can be found on the Bulletin Board in the 4th floor hallway of Dinwiddie Hall. In some years, the department offers its own field school, and an announcement about it is posted on the Bulletin Board on the 4th floor. See your major advisor about receiving credit for courses taken as part of a field school. As a rule, you may earn up to 6-credits for Tulane field schools. Fieldwork taken through other universities typically transfers as 3 credits.
Visit our Undergraduate Research page to learn more about undergraduate research opportunities.
For admissions information, contact Tulane University Undergraduate Admissions.