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 of Gender
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 of Gender
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.

University Core Curriculum
In addition to courses in the major, all Ball State students complete 41-43 credit hours of classes in English, math, history, communication, science, fine arts, humanities, international studies, and physical education. This common set of courses will help you build knowledge, skills, and values that are important in any career or pursuit. Learn more about the University Core Curriculum.

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