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Major/Minor Requirements


Students majoring in anthropology must complete the following requirements:

  1. Two required, discipline-wide courses:
    AN215 Research Design — Method and Theory (taught Block 3)
    AN315 Advanced Integrative Seminar (taught Block 6 and intended as the capstone course for seniors)
  2. An additional 10 units of course work in the department**, distributed in the following categories:
    • A minimum of one course in each of the 4 subfields (archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology)
    • At lease three anthropology courses at the 300-level (in addition to AN315)
      • Note that all 300-level courses have 100-level (and some have 200-level) prerequisites;
      • 2-block courses count as one course, but two units in the major;
      • Up to two ES courses cross-listed with anthropology may count as anthropology units;
      • AN400 Research in Anthropology does not substitute for 300-level courses. 
  3. Writing in anthropology
    • Seniors must submit a writing portfolio as evidence of their progression in the major.


      Students who are eligible may satisfy this requirement by writing an Honors Thesis
      • Honors Thesis eligibility
        • minimum GPA in the major of 3.6
        • faculty thesis advisor approval
        • Honors Thesis proposal accepted by vote of the faculty

**Major requirements may be satisfied by no more than:

  • two units of off-campus credit
  • two units of independent Readings/Research (400), and
  • one cross-listed unit (two units if ES) taught by non-departmental faculty (e.g. folklore, ethnomusicology, cultural ecology).

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


A minor in anthropology will consist of a minimum of five units of course work, to include the following:

  • Courses in (at least) two of the four major subdisciplines (biological, cultural, archaeological, and linguistic anthropology) as described in the major requirements.
  • At lease 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, cultural ecology)
    • one unit of off-campus credit.

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