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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.

Anthropology Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:

Majors should complete 2 of the above courses at the 300 level.

Anthropology Subdiscipline Required Electives

Majors must complete a course in the following areas. Majors should consult with their academic adviser to select courses that best meet their interests.

  • Archaeology. Satisfied by completing at least 1 course in archaeology from ANTH 311-319, 406-419, 500, 504-526, 604-619.

ANTH 313 New Discoveries in Archaeology (3)
ANTH 315 The Prehistory of Art (3)
ANTH 317 Prehistory of Europe (3)
ANTH 318 Prehistory of Kansas (3)
ANTH 406 Laboratory Techniques in Archaeology (3)
ANTH 410 Archaeological Myths and Realities (3)
ANTH 415 Rise of Civilization (3)
ANTH 418 Summer Archaeological Fieldwork (1-8)
ANTH 419 Training in Archaeological Fieldwork (1-6)
ANTH 500 Topics in Archaeology: _____ (3)
ANTH 504 North American Archaeology (3)
ANTH 505 Prehistory of Eastern North America (3)
ANTH 506 Ancient American Civilizations: Mesoamerica (3)
ANTH 507 The Ancient Maya (3)
ANTH 508 Ancient American Civilizations: The Central Andes (3)
ANTH 510 An Introduction to Southwestern Archaeology (3)
ANTH 512 Ethnohistory: ___________ (3)
ANTH 514 The Near East in Prehistory (3)
ANTH 515 Topics in Old World Prehistory (3)
ANTH 516 Hunters and Gatherers (3)
ANTH 517 Geoarchaeology (3)
ANTH 518 Environment and Archaeology (3)
ANTH 519 Lithic Technology (3)
ANTH 520 Archaeological Ceramics (3)
ANTH 521 Zooarchaeology (3)
ANTH 522 Paleoethnobotany (3)
ANTH 523 Great Plains Archaeology (3)
ANTH 605 Mortuary Practices in the Archaeological Record (3)
ANTH 619 Field Concepts and Methods in Geoarchaelogy (3)
ANTH 705 Technological Change (3)
ANTH 710 History of American Archaeology (3)
ANTH 715 Seminar in Plains Archaeology (2-4)
ANTH 718 Seminar in Latin American Archaeology: _________ (3)
ANTH 720 Seminar in Old World Prehistory: __________ (2-4)
ANTH 799 Anthropology Museum Apprenticeship (1-6)

  • Biological Anthropology. Satisfied by completing at least 1 course in biological anthropology: ANTH 340-359, 440-459, 503, 540-559, 640-659.

ANTH 340 Human Variation and Evolution (3)
ANTH 341 Human Evolution (3)
ANTH 350 Human Adaptation (3)
ANTH 352 Controversies of the Living and the Dead (3)
ANTH 358 Anthropology of Sex, Honors (3)
ANTH 359 Anthropology of Sex (3)
ANTH 440 Introduction to Primates (3)
ANTH 442 Anthropological Genetics (3)
ANTH 445 Topics in Biological Anthropology: _____ (3)
ANTH 447 Human Behavioral Genetics (3)
ANTH 449 Laboratory/Field Work in Human biology (1-3)
ANTH 450 Disease and Adaptation (3)
ANTH 503 Topics in Biological Anthropology: _____ (3)
ANTH 540 Demographic Anthropology (3)
ANTH 542 Biology of Human Nutrition (4)
ANTH 543 Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (3)
ANTH 544 Physical Anthropology of American Indians (3)
ANTH 545 Contemporary Health Issues in Africa (3)
ANTH 549 Human Paleontology: Fossil Apes to Australopithecus (3)
ANTH 550 Human Paleontology: Homo Erectus to Homo Sapiens (3)
ANTH 648 Human Osteology (4)
ANTH 650 Human Reproduction: Biology and Behavior (3)
ANTH 652 Population Dynamics (3)
ANTH 750 Disease and Adaptation (3)
ANTH 754 Biological Bases of Human Behavior (3)
ANTH 756 Genetics of Isolates (3)
ANTH 762 Human Growth and Development (3)
ANTH 764 Selected Topics in Human Paleontology (3)
ANTH 766 Topics in Biological Anthropology: __________ (3)
ANTH 769 Seminar in Primate Studies (3)
ANTH 770 Research Methods in Physical Anthropology (3)

ANTH 320 Language in Culture and Society (3)
ANTH 321 Language in Culture and Society, Honors (3)
ANTH 361 The Third World: Anthropological Approaches (3-4)
ANTH 389 The Anthropology of Gender: Female, Male, and Beyond (3)
ANTH 415 The Rise of Civilization (3)
ANTH 430 Linguistics in Anthropology (3)
ANTH 460 Theory in Anthropology (3)
ANTH 461 Introduction to Medical Anthropology (3)
ANTH 465 Genocide and Ethnocide (3)
ANTH 474 Applied Cultural Anthropology (3)
ANTH 480 Technology and Society in the Contemporary World (3)
ANTH 482 Psychological Anthropology (3)
ANTH 484 Magic, Science, and Religion (3)
ANTH 498 Seminar in Technology (3)
ANTH 501 Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology: _____ (3)
ANTH 502 Topics in Anthropological Linguistics: _____ (3)
ANTH 545 Contemporary Health Issues in Africa (3)
ANTH 560 Introduction to Economic Anthropology (3)
ANTH 570 Anthropology of Violence (3)
ANTH 571 Violence, Aggression, and Terrorism in the Modern World (3-4)
ANTH 580 Feminism and Anthropology (3)
ANTH 582 Ethnobotany (3)
ANTH 583 Love, Sex, and Globalization (3)
ANTH 586 Visual Anthropology (3)
ANTH 595 The Colonial Experience (3)
ANTH 603 Shamanism Past and Present (3)
ANTH 660 Human Reproduction: Culture, Power, and Politics (3)
ANTH 661 Cultural Dynamics (3)
ANTH 663 The Anthropology of Islam (3)
ANTH 664 Women, Health, and Healing in Africa (3)
ANTH 665 Women, Health, and Healing in Latin America (3)
ANTH 666 Anthropology of Religion (3)
ANTH 667 Primitive Mythology (3)
ANTH 673 Neoliberalism and Globalization (3)
ANTH 674 Political Anthropology (3)
ANTH 675 Anthropology of Law (3)
ANTH 676 Culture Wars (3)
ANTH 680 Culture and Human Biology (3)
ANTH 684 Anthropology and the Health Sciences (3)
ANTH 690 The Social Construction of the Self (3)
ANTH 695 Cultural Ecology (3)
ANTH 696 Language, Culture and Ethnicity in Prehistoric Eastern Europe (3)

  • Geographic Area. Satisfied by completing at least 1 course in any sub-discipline of anthropology that focuses on a specific geographic area.

ANTH 303 Peoples and Cultures of North Africa and the Middle East (3)
ANTH 317 Prehistory of Europe (3)
ANTH 318 Prehistory of Kansas (3
ANTH 362 Peoples of Southeast Asia (3)
ANTH 363 Gendered Modernity in East Asia (3)
ANTH 364 Peoples of Japan and Korea (3)
ANTH 365 Japanese People through Film (3)
ANTH 366 The Life Cycle in Japanese Culture and Literature (3)
ANTH 368 The Peoples of China (3)
ANTH 370 Peoples and Cultures of the Pacific (3)
ANTH 372 Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies
ANTH 376 North American Indians (3)
ANTH 378 Contemporary North American Indians (3)
ANTH 379 Indigenous Traditions of Latin America (3)
ANTH 380 Peoples of South America (3)
ANTH 382 People and the Rain Forest (3)
ANTH 504 North American Archaeology (3)
ANTH 505 Prehistory of Eastern North America (3)
ANTH 506 Ancient American Civilizations: Mesoamerica (3)
ANTH 507 The Ancient Maya (3) SW
ANTH 508 Ancient American Civilizations: The Central Andes (3) NW / S / W
ANTH 510 An Introduction to Southwestern Archaeology (3) NW / S
ANTH 512 Ethnohistory: _____ (3)
ANTH 514 The Near East in Prehistory (3)
ANTH 544: Physical Anthropology of Native Americans (3)
ANTH 545: Contemporary Health Issues in Africa (3)
ANTH 562 Mexamerica (3)
ANTH 563 Cultural Diversity in the United States (3)
ANTH 564 The Peoples of Africa (3)
ANTH 565 Popular Images in Japanese Culture, Literatures, and Films (3)
ANTH 567 Japanese Ghosts and Demons (3)
ANTH 568 Kongo Trans-Atlantic (3)
ANTH 665 Women, Health, and Healing in Latin America (3)
ANTH 670 Contemporary American Culture (3)
ANTH 671 The Culture of Consumption: ________(E.G. United States and Japan) (3)
ANTH 672 Meat and Drink in America (3)
ANTH 696: Language, Culture and Ethnicity in Prehistoric Eastern Europe
ANTH 715 Seminar in Plains Archaeology
ANTH 718 Seminar in Latin American Archaeology: _______
ANTH 720 Seminar in Old World Prehistory: _________
ANTH 747 North American Indian Languages
ANTH 749 Linguistics and Ethnolinguistics of China and Central Asia
ANTH 785 Topics in Ethnology: ____________

  • Junior/Senior Elective. Satisfied by completing at least 1 junior/senior (300+) elective course in any anthropology sub-discipline.

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

Anthropology Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 27 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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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