Majoring in Anthropology

The anthropology major is designed to give a global perspective on the comparative study of contemporary cultures and the evolution of human biological and cultural diversity over time. Students can choose to emphasize forensic anthropology through an emphasis on Forensic Investigation and Identification. The Core Courses provide students with a combination of theoretical, methodological, applied and research design knowledge and skills that are the foundation of anthropology’s four fields. The Breadth Requirements ground students in all of the content areas that inform the anthropological quest to understand the essence of humanness. Electives allow them to continue in the four field tradition, or to explore one of the four fields in more depth.

The program includes opportunities for hands-on experience doing fieldwork in both local communities and abroad, and with anthropological collections including:

  • contemporary and fossil ape and human skeletal casts/materials,
  • 2 to 10,000 year old stone tools from local Paleo-Indian sites,
  • Tarahumara cultural artifacts from Mexico,
  • prehistoric materials from Micronesia in the Pacific, and
  • local historical artifacts dating from the early days of the university.

From an anonymous student evaluation: “Physical anthropology should be a mandatory class every student should take because it teaches us who we are and why we are the way we are.”

Anthropology Four-Year Plans

 

General Anthropology Major

Total program: 64 semester hours

Prerequisite Requirement: 4 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ANTH 393 Anthropological Writing 4

Core Requirements: 24 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ANTH 400 Anthropological Theory 4
ANTH 497 Internship 4
Anthropological Methods (Choose two) 4, 4
ANTH 350L Biological Anthropology Lab
ANTH 360L Archaeology Lab
ANTH 394 Ethnographic Field Methods
Senior Capstone
Two ANTH 499C Courses (i.e., Upper Division Research Intensive Courses), as Approved by Advisor 4, 4

Breadth Requirements: 24 semester hours

Quantity Course Title Units
1 Cultural Anthropology Course as Approved by Advisor 4
1 Linguistic Course as Approved by Advisor 4
1 Biological Anthropology Course as Approved by Advisor 4
1 Archaeology Course as Approved by Advisor 4

Electives: 12 semester hours

Quantity Course Title Units
3 Electives as Approved by Advisor 4, 4, 4

Concentration in Forensic Investigation & Identification

The Anthropology Major with a Concentration in Forensic Investigation and Identification is designed specifically for students wishing to pursue careers as coroners, medical examiners, death detectives, homicide detectives, forensic medicine practitioners (including forensic anthropology), and other roles in law enforcement and medico-legal professions. The courses focus on creating and developing skill sets integral to these careers, including: 1) defining and processing crime scenes, 2) identifying and properly collecting evidence, 3) processing evidence (including human remains), 4) understanding the laws and rules governing evidence and testimony, 5) writing case reports, and 6) the role of an expert witness and court testimony. The courses are designed to make students competitive when applying for jobs and in the work place.

Total program: 56 semester hours

Prerequisite Requirement: 4 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ANTH 393 Anthropological Writing 4

Core Requirements: 24 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ANTH 400 Anthropological Theory 4
ANTH 497 Internship 4
Anthropological Methods 4, 4
ANTH 350L Biological Anthropology Lab
ANTH 360L Archaeology Lab
Senior Capstone
Two ANTH 499C Courses (i.e., Upper Division Research Intensive Courses), as Approved by Advisor 4, 4

Breadth Requirements: 28 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ANTH 252 Forensic Anthropology 4
ANTH 262 Forensic Investigations 4
ANTH 354 Human Osteology 4
ANTH 364 Forensic Archaeology 4
ANTH 355 Techniques in Skeletal Biology 4
1 Cultural Anthropology  Course as Approved by Advisor 4
1 Linguistic Course as Approved by Advisor 4