Major and Minor Requirements
Anthropology offers an expansive outlook on human life through time and across space. The anthropology major prepares students for a variety of careers across numerous fields, including but far from limited to academia. Majors are exposed to all four subfields of American anthropology: 1) archaeology, which focuses on the material cultures and peoples of the past; 2) biological anthropology, which examines the evolution of human biology and behavior, stressing the influence of culture on evolution; 3) linguistic anthropology, which addresses both the formal complexity of linguistic systems and the role that language plays in the regulating and negotiating of social life; and 4) socio-cultural anthropology, which stresses contemporary peoples, combining ethnography and cross-cultural comparison to portray the variability of human value systems, practices, and organization.
Anthropology Departmental Requirements (12 units):
Effective October 15, 2020
Students majoring in anthropology must complete a minimum of twelve (12) units of course work, including the following requirements:
Two required, discipline-wide courses (taught in fall semester):
- AN215 Anthropological Theory
- AN315 Senior Seminar (taught Block 6 and intended as the capstone course for seniors) in Anthropology
Two Courses with the Department’s “Methods” designation*
An Additional 10 units of course work in the department**, distributed in the following categories:
- A minimum of one course in each of the 4 subfields (archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology). Cross-listed courses cannot satisfy the subdiscipline distribution requirement.
- At least three anthropology courses at the 300-level (in addition to 315. Note: All 30 level courses have prerequisites; 2-block courses count as one course, but two units in the major).
- At least two courses tagged “M” for significant methodological content
- AN400 Research in Anthropology cannot substitute for 300-level courses.
- Students must receive a grade of C- or higher for credits to count towards the minor.
All Seniors must submit a Senior Capstone Project (consult with advisor(s) and Senior Capstone Guidelines).
Major requirements may be satisfied by no more than:
- Two units of off-campus credit
- Two units of independent Readings/Research (400), and
- Two cross-listed units taught by non-departmental faculty (e.g. ethnomusicology, political ecology, ethnography, religion, Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies (RM), or SW studies, etc.).** Cross-listed courses cannot satisfy the subdiscipline distribution requirement unless they are taught by departmental faculty.
Note: The departmental awards Distinction in Anthropology to students who present evidence of distinguished work. Consult page 14 for guidelines.
A minor in anthropology will consist of a minimum of five units of course work, to include the following:
- Courses in (at least) two of the four major subdisciplines (biological, cultural, archaeological, and linguistic anthropology-see list of courses table) as described in the major requirements.
- At least one course at the 300 level.
- Independent research courses (AN400) may not be counted towards the minimum five units of the minor.
- Minor requirements may be satisfied by no more than:
- One cross-listed course unit taught by non-departmental faculty (e.g. ethnomusicology, political ecology, ethnography, religion, RM or SW studies, etc.).**
- One unit of off-campus credit.
- Students must achieve a grade of C- or higher for credits to count towards the minor.
List of Current Anthropology Courses
|Course||Requirement Met||Subfield||Critical Perspectives|
|AN 100||Human/Being – Anthropological Perspectives||G|
|AN 101||Paleofantasies and Other Narratives of Human Evolution|
|AN 102||Doing Cultural Anthropology|
|AN 105||Language and Culture||Linguistic||G or S|
|AN 123||American Sign Language I|
|AN 124||American Sign Language I|
|AN 202||Human Biological Variation||Biological|
|AN 204||The Body: Anthropological Perspectives|
|AN 206||Doing Ethnography||Methods||Cultural|
|AN 207||Primate Behavior, Ecology and Conservation||Biological|
|AN 208||Topics in Anthropology:||Varies|
|AN 210||Anthropology and the History of Ideas||Cultural|
|AN 215||Anthropological Theory||Req. Core Course AN215|
|AN 217||Precolumbian Civilizations of Mesoamerica||G|
|AN 219||Archaeology of the American Southwest||Methods||Archaeology||S|
|AN 220||Doing Archaeology||Methods||Archaeology|
|AN 221||Topics in Ethnomusicology|
|AN 230||Human Evolution||Biological||I|
|AN 235||Global Health: Biosocial Perspective||Cultural||G or S|
|AN 237||African Descendants in the Caribbean and Latin America||Cultural||G or S|
|AN 238||Genders and Sexualities in Latin America and the Caribbean||Cultural||G or S|
|AN 239||Gender Diversity Across Cultures||Cultural||G or S|
|AN 242||Anthropology of Food||Methods||Cultural||S|
|AN 243||Hispanic Folklore of the Southwest||Methods||Cultural||S|
|AN 245||Popular Culture||Cultural|
|AN 256||Language Socialization||Methods||Linguistic||S|
|AN 258||Introduction to Linguistics||Linguistic|
|AN 259||Native Peoples of the Southwest||Cultural||G or S|
|AN 260||Language & Gender||Methods||Linguistic|
|AN 262||Studying Language as Social Action||Methods||Linguistic|
|AN 301||Human Osteology||Methods, 300||Biological||I|
|AN 302||Human Ecology and Biology||Methods, 300||Biological||I|
|AN 306||Primatology||Methods, 300||Biological||I|
|AN 308||Topics in Anthropology||300-Level||Varies|
|AN 311||Language in Culture and Mind: Cognitive Anthropology||300, Methods||Linguistic|
|AN 312||Language of Racism||300||Linguistic|
|AN 315||Senior Capstone||Req. Core Course AN315|
|AN 320||Field Archaeology||300, Methods||Archaeology|
|AN 321||Rio Grande: Culture, History and Region||300, Methods||Cultural||G or S|
|AN 326||Religion & Ritual||300||Cultural||G|
|AN 331||Evolution, Science, and Society||300||Biological|
|AN 333||Evolution of Human Life Histories||300||Biological|
|AN 371||Culture Contact and Writing Cultures||300, Methods||Cultural||G or S|
|AN 376||Culture and Power: Political Anthropology||300, Methods||Cultural||G or S|
|AN 377||Living in the Material World--Economic Anthropology||300||Cultural||G or S|
|AN 380||Community-Based Field Course||300, Methods||Varies|
|AN 400||Research in Anthropology||300||Varies|
*See Page 4.
** The Anthropology Department allows majors to earn up to two (2) credits, and minors one (1), from off-campus study programs to count towards the degree. We accept a broad array of (C), or Cognate, courses for a single credit, assuming the coursework undertaken while off-campus includes at least one course with an anthropological/cultural/societal dimension to it. A second course towards the major requires the proposed be a course focused on disciplinary anthropology’s thought and content (A). Courses taken off-campus taught at the 300-level or above will transfer back to the department only at the 200-level to prevent off-campus study from replacing advanced study on campus. Students should submit course approval requests via Summit. Which can be accessed at any time before or during your off-campus study. Please upload complete information about the course; you should also save syllabi and papers from your courses overseas, in caw ether are any additional questions when you get back to campus.
A: Anthropology Course. Serves for a 1st or 2nd course unit. One of 12 major / 5 minor course units at the 200-level; does not fulfil subfield distribution.
C: cognate courses. Serves for 1st but not 2nd off-campus credit.