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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Anthropology

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

To complete the requirements for the degree in 4 years, the department recommends the following:

  1. Prospective majors should have completed all general education and language requirements no later than the end of the fall semester of the junior year.
  2. Prospective majors should meet with the undergraduate adviser upon declaration of the major
    (a) to assess their progress toward completing the degree in 4 years, and
    (b) to develop a plan for their course work in their remaining semesters.
  3. Prospective majors are advised to take required courses in part 1 before the junior year.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

A minimum of 27 hours is required. The major offers a systematic introduction to each of the subdisciplines along with advanced training in specific areas. These normally are taken before moving on to upper-level courses. Students should select courses listed in part 2 in consultation with faculty advisers.

1. Core Requirements:
12 hours

Majors should take at least 2 of these courses at the 300 level.

2. Five additional courses in anthropology of 3 hours or more at the 300 level or above (excluding ANTH 301 and ANTH 360) that include the following: 15 hours minimum
  • At least 1 course in archaeology
  • At least 1 course in biological anthropology
  • At least 1 course in sociocultural anthropology that does not have a specific geographical focus
  • At least 1 course in any subdiscipline of anthropology that focuses on a specific geographic area
  • At least 1 elective course in any subdiscipline

Students considering graduate school should take at least 2 courses beyond major requirements. These should be selected in consultation with a faculty adviser.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for anthropology.

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