Department of Sociology & Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology


Students in the bachelor of arts curriculum are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits (maximum 45 credits) in anthropology.

Program Requirements

Introductory Anthropology
Majors must take four of the following courses (12 credits):

  • APG 200 Language and Culture: A cross-cultural survey of the interaction between cultural patterns and language
  • APG 201 Human Origins: An overview of human evolution
  • APG 202 Introduction to Archaeology: Archaeological perspectives on the major developments in humanity’s past
  • APG 203 Cultural Anthropology: An introduction to the study of culture illustrated by examples from around the world

Anthropological Methods
One methodology course is required from the following four offerings (3 credits):

  • APG 300 Human Fossil Record: Advanced study of hominid fossils
  • APG 302 Methods of Anthropological Inquiry: Study of the logic and techniques used in the collection and analysis of anthropological data
  • APG 412 Primate Behavior and Organization: Study of the behavior of wild prosimians, monkeys, and apes, and the use of primate data by anthropologists
  • APG 417 Archaeological Method and Theory: Problems of the collection and interpretation of archaeological data. (Note: APG 417 may be taken to fulfill either the Methods or the Theory requirement, but not both)

Anthropological Theory
All majors must take APG 401. In addition, majors must take either APG 417 (see note above) or APG 327 (6 credits):

  • APG 327 History of Physical Anthropology: Examination of certain classic studies in human evolution and physical anthropology
  • APG 401 History of Anthropological Theory: An overview of anthropological theory from the 16th century to the present; emphasis on cultural theory

Anthropology Electives
A minimum of three additional courses must be taken from the anthropology offerings (9 credits):

  • APG 220 Introduction to the Study of Language
  • APG 301 The Anthropology of Nutrition
  • APG 303 New World Prehistory
  • APG 309 Anthropology of Religion
  • APG 310 Topics in Anthropology
  • APG 311 Native North Americans
  • APG 315 Cultures and Societies of Latin America
  • APG 319 Cultural Behavior and Environment
  • APG 320 Sociolinguistics
  • APG 322 Anthropology of Modernization
  • APG 328 Gender and Culture
  • APG 329 Contemporary Mexican Society
  • APG 350 Human Variation
  • APG 400 Evolution, Culture, and Human Disease
  • APG 405 Psychological Anthropology
  • APG 413 Peoples of the Sea
  • APG 427 Unity of Anthropology
  • APG 465 Seminar in Cultural Heritage
  • APG 470 Problems in Anthropology (Directed Research)
  • APG 490 Underwater Historical Archaeology

It is strongly recommended that anthropology majors take at least one course in inferential statistics (e.g., STA 308 or 409), complete a foreign language through the intermediate level, and gain computer proficiency. Early in the junior year, majors who plan to go to graduate school should meet with their advisor for curricular counseling.

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