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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. 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 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.”

Total program: 60 semester hours

Supportive Course: 8 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ANTH 305 Quantitative Analysis 4
ANTH 393 Antrhopological Writing 4

Core Requirements: 20 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ANTH 390 Research Methods 4
ANTH 400 Anthropological Theory 4
ANTH 497 Internship 4
Senior Capstone:
Two Upper Division Research Intensive Courses as Approved by Advisor
(e.g. ANTH 499A and 499B, ANTH 355, or others as approved)
4, 4

Breadth Requirements: 22-24 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
2 Labs 4, 4

Electives: 8 semester hours

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

Emphasis in Forensic Investigation & Identification

Total program: 60 semester hours

Supportive Course and Core Requirements remain the same as above.

Breadth Requirements: 32 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ANTH 252 Forensic Anthropology 4
ANTH 262 Forensic Investigations 4
  1 Cultural Anthropology  Course as Approved by Advisor 4
  1 Linguistic Course as Approved by Advisor 4
ANTH 354 Human Osteology 4
ANTH 364 Forensic Archaeology 4
ANTH 360L Archaeology Lab 4
ANTH 355 Techniques in Skeletal Biology 4

Electives: 4 semester hours

Quantity Course Title Units
1 Electives as Approved by Advisor 4