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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 107 Anthropocene      
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.