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Anthropology Undergraduate Major and Minors

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B.A. in Anthropology

To complete a major, students must take 18 credits of core courses and 15 credits of electives, for a total of 33 credits. This curriculum is designed to be flexible so students can spend time away from campus and focus on areas of unique interests.

Minor in Anthropology

The minor in anthropology is designed to encourage students to pursue breadth in areas which complement their major. With the assistance of their faculty advisors, students can design a minor reflecting their interest in any of the subfields of anthropology: socio/cultural, biological/physical, archaeological, applied and policy-related studies.

To complete the minor, students take 18 credits. No more than 6 credits at the 100-200 level can count towards the minor.

Minor in Medical Anthropology

The minor in medical anthropology is designed to introduce undergraduates to the field of medical anthropology in order to prepare them for applied work or future research in the area of global health. This minor may be appropriate for students pursuing degrees in the health science, international relations or other social sciences such as anthropology, sociology or political science. Students must take a minimum of 18 credits, with 12 credits at the 300-500 level.

Core Requirements

Majors must complete three required courses (listed below), one Area Focus and Regional Perspectives on Culture course, one anthropological methods course, one anthropological theory course and 15 credits of electives based on student interest.

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

This course offers an introductory look at topics including economics, politics, religion, symbolism, rites of passage, developmental cycle and expressive culture in different socio-cultural contexts.

Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Examine anthropology’s relationship to the history of science. Topics covered include evolutionary theory; mechanisms of evolution; survey of the non-human primates; humans ancestral to modern Homo sapiens; and modern human variation.


Students can choose to take either Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory OR Archaeology of and in the Modern World.

Area Focus and Regional Perspectives on Culture

Choose from a broad array of regions and cultural perspectives. Recent courses have included Peoples and Cultures of North America, Middle East in Anthropological Perspective, and Maya: Ancient and Modern, to name a few.


Students in the major select at least one methods course, such as Methods in Archaeology, Ethnographic Techniques or Life Histories/Narratives.


Students can choose to learn more about issues that threaten the security of nations and people. Courses focus on international security, refugees, international law, politics and the military, political conflict, revolutions and humanitarian action in world politics.

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Distinction in Anthropology

The Anthropology Department offers its majors the opportunity to pursue Departmental Distinction. This is awarded to majors who successfully complete an advanced research project involving significant library and/or field work and resulting in a paper of at least 30 pages in length. 

Students may pursue Distinction if their overall GPA is 3.4 and their GPA in anthropology is 3.5. Upon successful completion of the project, the student shall receive the designation Distinction on his or her final academic transcript. Department Distinction is also granted upon successful completion of the Renee Crown University Honors Program. (No additional paper is required however, paperwork must be completed.) 

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