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    Major/Minor Requirements

    Applicable for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    Major

    Effective September 28, 2017

    NOTE:  Pass/Fail grade will not be accepted for required major/minor courses.

    Students majoring in anthropology must complete a minimum of 12 units of coursework, including the following requirements:

    Two required, discipline-wide courses:

    • AN215 Anthropological Theory
      AN315 Senior Seminar in Anthropology

    Two courses with the department’s “Methods” designation.

    An additional 10 units of coursework in the department**, distributed in the following categories:

    • A minimum of one course in each of the four subfields (archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology).  Crosslisted courses cannot satisfy the subdiscipline distribution requirement.
    • At least three anthropology courses at the 300-level (in addition to AN315. Note: all 300-level courses have prerequisites; two-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. 

    All seniors must submit a Senior Capstone Project (these may take longer- or shorter-duration forms; 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 Southwest Studies (SW), etc. ).***  Crosslisted courses cannot satisfy the subdiscipline distribution requirement.

    Note: The department awards Distinction in Anthropology to students who present evidence of distinguished work. Consult the Majors Handbook for distinction guidelines.


    List of current anthropology courses

    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

     

    **The Department of Anthropology 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. 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 are taught at the 300-level or above and 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 off-campus study. Students should upload complete information about the course; they should also save syllabi and papers from courses overseas, in case there are any additional questions when they get back to campus.

      A—Anthropology Course. Serves for a first or second course unit, one of 12 major / 5 minor course units at the 200-level; does not fulfill subfield distribution.   C—Cognate course. Serves for first but not a second off-campus credit, 208 topics, fulfills cultural subfield distribution.

    ***Departmental courses are taught by permanent departmental faculty or anthropologists hosted in the department

    Minor

    A minor in anthropology will consist of a minimum of five units of coursework, 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 toward 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. folklore, ethnomusicology, political ecology, ethnography, religion, RM or SW studies, etc.).**
      • one unit of off-campus credit.