Anthropology Major or Minor

BA in Anthropology

A BA in Anthropology consists of at least 32 credit hours of anthropology, including:

Foundational and Core Anthropology classes

  • ANTH  1415 – Physical Anthropology
  • ANTH  2316 – Understanding Cultures (formerly Cultural Anthropology)
  • ANTH  3313 – Archaeology or ANTH 3320 Buried Cities, Ancient Lives
  • ANTH  4316 – Linguistic Anthropology (offered in fall semesters)
  • ANTH  4382 – Anthropological Theory (offered in fall semesters)


  • 13 additional credit hours of anthropology courses approved by an anthropology advisor (see below)

and finally

  • ANTH 4395 – Senior Seminar in Holism  (offered in spring semesters -this is our capstone class, taken just prior to graduation)

Anthropology Electives

It is Strongly Recommended that each student take at least one of our methods-intense classes as part of their electives in the major.  These courses provide valuable opportunities to conduct or participate in original research and/or practical applied experience.  Research and community engagement are infused throughout our entire anthropology curriculum, but examples of highly research-focused or community serving classes include (but are not limited to):

  • ANTH 4485 – Ethnographic Methods
  • ANTH – 4487 Archaeological Investigation
  • ANTH 4440 – Applied Anthropology
  • ANTH 4355/4155 – Forensic Anthropology
  • ANTH 3383 – Social Statistics
  • ANTH 4467 – Primatology
  • ANTH 4398 – Al Baleed Excavations, Oman
  • ANTH 4327 – Anthropology Internship

Minor in Anthropology

A minor in anthropology requires 18 credit hours of anthropology courses, including ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology and ANTH 2316 Understanding Cultures.