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    Sep 23, 2023  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology Major, BA

Continuing, returning, and transfer students must meet progression requirements before declaring a major in anthropology.

Progression into the anthropology major is based on performance in the three prerequisite courses – ANTH 110 * or ANTH 117 *, ANTH 120 * or ANTH 127 *, and ANTH 130 * or ANTH 137 *. Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 for the three introductory courses with none of the three grades below a C. Upon satisfactory completion of the prerequisites, the student may apply for progression into the anthropology major by completing a formal application for progression in the Anthropology Department and including with that application an academic history demonstrating satisfactory completion of the progression requirements. Progression applications are reviewed upon receipt. Upon progression to the major, a department advisor will be assigned in consultation with the student.

College Requirements

Arts and Sciences   

Major Requirements

The anthropology major consists of 30 hours.

Select nine hours:

  • any upper-division ANTH courses


Students with senior standing are encouraged to substitute appropriate 500-level courses (with permission of the instructor of the course and approval of the department head) for any portion of the above requirements.

Honors Concentration – Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology offers introductory honors courses (ANTH 117 *, ANTH 127 *, ANTH 137 *), an honors course for juniors (ANTH 357 ), and a Senior Honors Thesis (ANTH 457 ), leading to an honors concentration. The honors concentration consists of at least 12 hours of anthropology honors courses, generally distributed as follows: at least 2 of the 3 introductory honors courses should be taken (during the freshman and/or sophomore years), ANTH 357  (generally during the Fall semester of the junior year), and at least three hours of ANTH 457  (generally taken during the senior year). To provide access to the honors concentration for transfer students and for students who have already completed the basic prerequisite courses, at least six hours of anthropology Honors-by-Contract courses may be completed in addition to ANTH 357  and ANTH 457 . To satisfy the remaining requirements for the major, 24 additional hours of upper-division coursework in anthropology must be completed as specified above.

Permission of the instructor is required to enroll in any of the introductory honors courses. To progress into ANTH 357 , grades of B or better in the introductory honors courses are required or permission of instructor if the student did not complete the introductory honors sequence. A grade of B or better and a thesis proposal approved by the instructor of ANTH 357  and by the faculty member agreeing to direct the thesis are required in order to enroll in ANTH 457 . The Senior Honors Thesis (ANTH 457 ) is expected to be either original research or an in-depth literature review of a relevant anthropological topic. To graduate with honors the student must pass ANTH 457  with a grade of B or better.

Upon completion of the above requirements, and the earning of a final cumulative university GPA of at least 3.25, the student will graduate with Honors in Anthropology.



* Meets University General Education Requirement