Anthropology | Academic Advising Handbook

Anthropology is a vital part of a liberal arts education. In addition to its cross-cultural and international emphasis, the major in Anthropology stresses qualitative research methods and analytical skills. These skills are particularly valuable to students who major in many of the social sciences or health professions, world languages, and in business. Anthropology is useful in any career in which skills in diversity, research, and writing are necessary. Students majoring in other departments can use these courses to enhance their major field of study.

Anthropology is housed in the Sociology and Anthropology Department. The department offers the following:

  • Major in Sociology
  • Major in Anthropology
  • Major in Criminal Justice, Law, and Society
  • Major in International Studies
  • Minor in Sociology 
  • Minor in Anthropology
  • Minor in Comparative Religion
  • Minor in Criminal Justice, Law, and Society

The fundamental aims of the major are to provide students with critical skills for professional employment and graduate instruction in which diversity and cross-cultural understanding are essential.

Culture Emphasis and Study Abroad

All Anthropology courses draw heavily upon readings and study from many different cultures; however, within the course offerings there is an emphasis on Latin America cultures. As an extension of the Anthropology major or minor, students are encouraged to participate in one of the university’s overseas programs. Many of the courses in Anthropology can be used to fulfill the International Diverse Perspectives (IDP) core requirement.

Required Four Year Schedule

Students are required to take ANTH 101 in first or second year. ANTH 302 must be taken junior year. Students will take ANTH 402 and 412 during senior year. See complete requirements below.

Complete Major Requirements:

All majors must take: 4 Credits

  • ANTH 101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 4 Credits

One of the following: 4 credits

  • ANTH 140: Introduction to the Comparative Study of Religion 4 Credits
  • ANTH 240: Topics in Comparative Religion 4 Credits 

One of the following: 4 Credits

  • ANTH 203: Contemporary Pacific Studies 4 Credits
  • ANTH 206: Sex, Gender, and Culture 4 Credits
  • ANTH 207: Good Food: Culture, Consumption, and Production 4 Credits

Two of the following: 8 Credits

  • ANTH 311: Medicine, Body, Culture 4 Credits
  • ANTH 313: Religion and Culture 4 Credits
  • ANTH 317: Pop Culture: Cultural Studies 4 Credits
  • ANTH 343: Food, Fat, Fitness 4 Credits

All of the following: 

  • ANTH 302: Designing Ethnography 4 Credits
  • ANTH 402: Writing Ethnography 4 Credits
  • ANTH 412: Ethnography Lab II: Senior Capstone 2 Credits

Anthropology Minor Requirements

The Anthropology minor must complete the following courses with a grade of C- or better and maintain a 2.0 average in the major.

  • ANTH 101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

One of the following: 4 credits

  • ANTH 140: Introduction to the Comparative Study of Religion
  • ANTH 203: Contemporary Pacific Studies

One of the following 4 credits

  • ANTH 206: Sex, Gender, and Culture
  • ANTH 207: Good Food: Culture, Consumption, and Production
  • ANTH 240: Topics in Comparative Religion

Eight additional Anthropology credits at 300+ level. Sociology courses may be applied to this requirement by Anthropology faculty approval.

Rev 2019