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Major Requirements

Below is a list of the courses you’ll take to complete the anthropology major (34-39 credit hours). Click on a course title to view its description.   Eight Semester Plan

New Anthropology Major and Options: Affective for Students who will graduate fall semester 2011 and after.
Anthropology Students can now select one of three options for the area of concentration in their major: 1) a general anthropology option; 2) an archaeology option; or 3) an applied cultural anthropology option.

Required Courses
ANTH 101 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 103 - Archaeology and Culture
ANTH 105 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 301 - History of Method and Theory in Anthropology

Complete one option (in addition to
13 hours required anthropology core)

Option 1: General anthropology,
21-24 hours

    3-4 hours from methodology

   ANTH 204 - Fundamentals of Archaeology
    ANTH 242 - Folklore and Folklife
    ANTH 307 - Applied Anthropology
    ANTH 329 - Laboratory Methods in Material Culture
    ANTH 360 - Special Topics in Anthropology
    ANTH 377 - Topics in Museum Operations
    ANTH 416 - Human Osteology
    ANTH 459 - Ethnographic Methods
    ANTH 463 - Theory and Method in Historical Archaeology
    ANTH 471 - Ethnohistory             

    Cultural Anthropology (select 3 hours)
   
ANTH 204 - Fundamentals of Archaeology
    ANTH 231 - Introduction to Native American Studies
    ANTH 307 - Applied Archaeology
    ANTH 311 - Ethnicity and Race
    ANTH 312 - Ecological Dimensions of Culture
    ANTH 321 - Social Organization
    ANTH 331 - Native Americans of North America 
    ANTH 332 - Native Americans of the Great Lakes
    ANTH 341 - Anthropology and Women
    ANTH 342 - American Culture
    ANTH 360 - Specials Topics in Anthropology
    ANTH 370 - Topics in Old World Cultures
    ANTH 380 - Topics in New World Cultures
    ANTH 427 - Culture and Medicine
    ANTH 451 - Witchcraft, Magic, and Religion
    ANTH 452 - Anthropology of Technology
    ANTH 481 - Culture, Economy, and Development
    ANTH 482 - Native Americans of the American Southwest

    Archaeology (select 3-4 hours)
   
ANTH 242 - Folklore and Folklife
    ANTH 310 - Topics in Old World Prehistory
    ANTH 320 - Topics in New World Archaeology
    ANTH 329 - Laboratory Methods in Material Culture
    ANTH 334 - Midwestern Archaeology
    ANTH 343 - Historical Archaeology of the Eastern United States
    ANTH 360 - Special Topics in Anthropology
    ANTH 364 - European Prehistory
    ANTH 457 - Applied Archaeology
    ANTH 463 - Theory and Method in Historical Archaeology

    Biological Anthropology (select 3-4 hours)
   
ANTH 206 - Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology
    ANTH 305 - Human Biological Variation
    ANTH 306 - The Anthropology of Physical Growth and Development
    ANTH 315 - Human Paleontology
    ANTH 360 - Special Topics in Anthropology
    ANTH 416 - Human Osteology
    ANTH 455 - Primatology

    Anthropology Electives (select 9 hours)
    
Choose from ANTH 300-400 (except ANTH 440).  A minimum of 3 hours must be from the courses listed below (no more than six hours of a combination of ANTH 369, 445, 450, and 479 may be counted toward the major).
    ANTH 369 - Paid Internship in Anthropology
    ANTH 445 - Archaeological Field School
    ANTH 450 - Ethnographic Field School
    ANTH 459 - Ethnographic Methods
    ANTH 479 - Unpaid Internship

Option 2: Archaeology, 21-23 hours

   3-4 hours from methodology

   ANTH 204 - Fundamentals of Archaeology
    ANTH 329 - Laboratory Methods in Material Culture
    ANTH 360 - Special Topics in Anthropology
    ANTH 463 - Theory and Method in Historical Archaeology

    Cultural Anthropology (select 3 hours)
    ANTH 231 - Introduction of Native American Studies
    ANTH 242 - Folklore and Folklife
    ANTH 311 - Ethnicity and Race
    ANTH 312 - Ecological Dimensions of Culture
    ANTH 321 - Social Organization
    ANTH 331 - Native Americans of North America
    ANTH 332 - Native Americans of the Great Lakes
    ANTH 342 - American Culture
    ANTH 360 - Special topics in Anthropology
    ANTH 370 - Topics in Old World Cultures
    ANTH 451 - Witchcraft, Magic, and Religion
    ANTH 471 - Ethnohistory
    ANTH 482 - Native Americans of the American Southwest

    Archaeology (select 6-7 hours)
    ANTH 204 - Fundamentals of Archaeology
    ANTH 310 - Topics on Old World Prehistory
    ANTH 320 - Topics on New World Archaeology
    ANTH 329 - Laboratory Methods in Material Culture
    ANTH 334 - Midwestern Archaeology
    ANTH 343 - Historical Archaeology of the Eastern United States
    ANTH 360 - Special Topics in Anthropology
    ANTH 364 - European Prehistory
    ANTH 457 - Applied Archaeology
    ANTH 463 - Theory and Method in Historical Archaeology

    Biological Anthropology (select 3 hours)
    ANTH 305 - Human Biological Variation
    ANTH 315 - Human Paleontology
    ANTH 360 - Special Topics in Anthropology
    ANTH 416 - Human Osteology

    Anthropology Electives (select 6 hours)
    Choose from ANTH 300-400 (except 440).  A minimum of 3 hours must be from the courses below.
    ANTH 369 - Paid Internship in Anthropology
    ANTH 445 - Archaeological Field School
    ANTH 479 - Unpaid Internship

Option 3: Applied cultural anthropology, 24-26 hours

     3 hours from

     ANTH 307 - Applied Anthropology

   6 hours from methodology

    ANTH 242 - Folklore and Folklife
    ANTH 360 - Special Topics in Anthropology
    ANTH 377 - Topics in Museum Operations
    ANTH 459 - Ehtnographic Methods
    ANTH 471 - Ethnohistory

An external statistics course is strongly recommended.

    Cultural Anthropology (select 3 hours)
    ANTH 231 - Introduction to Native American Studies
    ANTH 311 - Ethnicity and Race
    ANTH 312 - Ecological Dimensions of Culture
    ANTH 321 - Social Organization
    ANTH 331 - Native Americans of North America
    ANTH 332 - Native Americans of the Great Lakes
    ANTH 341 - Anthropology and Women
    ANTH 342 - American Culture
    ANTH 360 - Special Topics in Anthropology
    ANTH 380 - Topics in New World Cultures
    ANTH 427 - Culture and Medicine
    ANTH 451 - Witchcraft, Magic, and Religion
    ANTH 452 - Anthropology of Technology
    ANTH 481 - Culture, Economy, and Development
    ANTH 482 - Native Americans of the American Southwest

    Archaeology (select 3-4 hours)
    ANTH 204 - Fundamentals of Archaeology
    ANTH 310 - Topics in Old World Prehistory
    ANTH 320 - Topics in New World Archaeology
    ANTH 329 - Laboratory Methods in Material Culture
    ANTH 334 - Midwestern Archaeology
    ANTH 343 - Historical Archaeology of the Eastern United States
    ANTH 360 - Special Topics in Anthropology
    ANTH 364 - European Prehistory
    ANTH 457 - Applied Archaeology
    ANTH 463 - Theory and Method in Historical Archaeology

    Biological Anthropology (select 3-4 hours)
    ANTH 206 - Fundamental of Biological Anthropology
    ANTH 305 - Human Biological Variation
    ANTH 306 - The Anthropology of Physical Growth and Development
    ANTH 416 - Human Osteology
    ANTH 455 - Primatology

    Anthropology Electives (select 6 hours)
    Choose from ANTH 300-400 (except ANTH 440).  A minimum of 3 hours must be from the courses below.
    ANTH 369 - Paid Internship in Anthropology
    ANTH 450 - Ethnographic Field School
    ANTH 459 - Ethnographic Methods
    ANTH 479 - Unpaid Internship

To see when these courses are offered, consult the Schedule of Classes.



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