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Maxwell / Department of Anthropology

Undergraduate Studies

Advisor ~ 

Azra Hromadžić

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS      2017-18 Course Catalog
2017-18 Academic Year

The program, leading to a B.A. in Anthropology, requires 33 credits in anthropology courses. Of these, 18 credits are taken in required courses and 15 are electives.

Required Courses (18 credits)
Introductory Courses: Three courses (nine credits)

Cultural Anthropology: ANT 111: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Physical/Biological Anthropology: ANT 131: Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Archaeology: either
ANT 141: Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory or
ANT/HST 145: Introduction to Historical Archaeology

Area Focus and Regional Perspectives on Culture: One course (three credits):

Completion of at least one course from the following list: ANT 318, 322-326, 382, 421, 426-429, 446, 468, 471, 473, 523

Anthropological Methods: One of the following courses (three credits):

ANT 433 Human Skeletal Anatomy
ANT 442 Method in Archaeology
ANT 443 Field Methods in Archaeology
ANT 444 Laboratory Analysis in Archaeology
ANT 481 Ethnographic Techniques
ANT 482 Life Histories/Narratives
ANT 484 Social Movement Research Methods

Anthropological Theory: One course (three credits):

ANT 311 Anthropological Theory

Electives (15 credits)

The student majoring in anthropology is free to enroll in any course offered by the Department of Anthropology as long as the prerequisites for that course are satisfied. All students are encouraged to enroll in elective courses that are of interest to them.

At least 12 of the 15 elective hours required must be at the 300 level and above.


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

Examples of possible courses leading to a minor in anthropology could include (but are in no way limited to) the following: 

Applied and Policy Related: ANT 111, 317, 356, 414, 453, 552
Archaeology: ANT 141, 145, 348, 440, 443, 445
Social/Cultural: ANT 111, 185, 325, 373, 376, 472
Biological/Physical: ANT 131, 331, 431, 432, 433, 465



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 are of global health.  This minor may be appropriate for students pursuing degrees in the health science, international relations, STS, or other social sciences such as anthropology, sociology or politcal science.

Contact: Robert Rubinstein

To complete a minor in medical anthropology, students must take a minimum of 18 credits, with 12 credits at the 200-400 level.

Required Courses: 12 Credits

ANT 111: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANT 131: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANT 481: Ethnographic Techniques
One of the following courses:
ANT 357: Health, Healing, and Culture; ANT 465: Medical Anthropology; ANT/HTW 463: Global Health

Elective Courses: 6 Credits
Students must take at least two courses from the following list:

ANT 357: Health, Healing, and Culture
ANT/HTW/MES 382: Health in the Middle East
ANT 400/600: Medical and Religious Pluralism
ANT 400/600: Reading the Body
ANT 433: Human Osteology
ANT 434: Anthropology of Death
ANT 436: Bioarchaeology
ANT 455: Culture and AIDS
ANT/WSP/HTW 462: Culture and Reproductive Health and Medicine
ANT/HTW 463: Global Health
ANT 465: Critical Issues in Medical Anthropology
ANT 467: Culture and Mental Disorders
ANT 469: Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective                                                                                                                                                                                                                                HTW 401: Epidemiology
HTW 415: Public Health Ethics