Academic Requirements

Anthropology graduates have the knowledge to understand the complexities of human behavior in the past and present and the practical skills to conduct rigorous research into the environmental and social forces that influence human cultural development across the globe.

Anthropology is the only discipline that can access evidence about the entire human experience on this planet. 

- Michael Brian Schiffer

Through courses in the subfields of sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and biological anthropology, students are exposed to multiple perspectives for solving theoretical and practical issues.

Distribution Credit in Anthropology

The Social Science requirement can be fulfilled with the following two-course sequence:

ANT 105 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and

ANT 107 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology

Students fulfilling the Social Science requirement with only one Anthropology course can take either of the above courses.

Majors and Minors

Anthropology majors and minors graduate with a broad understanding of human evolution and adaptation, changes in food and technology, the rise of civilizations and urban life, how language shapes worldviews, the diversity of cultural belief systems, and the human consequences of globalization.

Major requirements: 12 courses

  • Two Introductory Courses ANT 105, 107,

  • Two Methods Courses ANT 208, 305, and Junior Seminar ANT 405

  • Five additional ANT elective courses

  • One ANT field research or experiential course

  • Senior Capstone Experience (ANT SCE)

  • Majors are strongly recommended to study abroad

Anthropology majors may want to pursue a regional concentration such as African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies and Near Eastern Studies.


 Minor requirements: 6 courses

  • Two Introductory Courses (ANT 105, 107)
  • One Methods Course (either 208 or 305)
  • Three additional ANT elective courses