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Major/Minor Requirements

Applicable for the 2016-2017 academic year.


Effective August 26, 2015

Students majoring in anthropology must complete a minimum of 12 units of coursework, including the following requirements:

Two required, discipline-wide courses (taught in fall semester):

  • AN215 Anthropological Theory
    AN315 Senior Seminar in Anthropology

Two courses with the department’s “Methods” designation

An additional 10 units of coursework in the department**, distributed in the following categories:

  • A minimum of one course in each of the four subfields (archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology)
  • At least three anthropology courses at the 300-level (in addition to AN315. Note: all 300-level courses have prerequisites; two-block courses count as one course, but two units in the major)
  • At least two courses tagged “M” for significant methodological content*
  • AN400 Research in Anthropology cannot substitute for 300-level courses. 

All seniors must submit a Senior Capstone Project (these may take longer- or shorter-duration forms; consult with advisor(s) and Senior Capstone Guidelines)

Major requirements may be satisfied by no more than:

  • two units of off-campus credit**
  • two units of independent readings/research (400), and
  • two cross-listed units taught by non-departmental faculty (e.g. ethnomusicology, political ecology, ethnography, religion, RES or SW studies, etc. ).***

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

* Anthropology Courses With Methods Content                                     Always           Occasionally

1 AN 206 Doing Ethnography Cultural
2 AN 219 The Archaeology of the American Southwest Archaeology
3 AN 220 Doing Archaeology Archaeology
4 AN 243 Hispanic Folklore of the Southwest Cultural
5 AN 256 Language Socialization Linguistic
6 AN 260 Language & Gender Linguistic
7 AN 262 Theory and Methods in Linguistic Anthropology Linguistic
8 AN 301 Human Osteology Biological
9 AN 302 Human Ecology and Biology Biological
10 AN 306 Primatology Biological
11 AN 311 Language in Culture and Mind: Cognitive Anthropology Linguistic
12 AN 320 Field Archaeology Archaeology
13 AN 321 Rio Grande: Culture, History, and Region Cultural
14 AN 342 The Anthropology of Food Cultural
15 AN 371 Culture Contact and Writing Cultures Cultural
16 AN 376 Culture and Power Cultural      
17 AN 380 Community-based Field Course All

**The Department of Anthropology allows majors to earn up to two (2) credits, and minors one (1), from off-campus study programs to count towards the degree. We accept a broad array of (C), or Cognate, courses for a single credit, assuming the coursework undertaken while off-campus includes at least one course with an anthropological/cultural/societal dimension. A second course towards the major requires the proposed be a course focused on disciplinary anthropology’s thought and content (A). Courses taken off-campus are taught at the 300-level or above and will transfer back to the department only at the 200-level to prevent off-campus study from replacing advanced study on campus. Students should submit course approval requests via Summit, which can be accessed at any time before or during off-campus study. Students should upload complete information about the course; they should also save syllabi and papers from courses overseas, in case there are any additional questions when they get back to campus.

  A—Anthropology Course. Serves for a first or second course unit, one of 12 major / 5 minor course units at the 200-level; does not fulfill subfield distribution.   C—Cognate course. Serves for first but not a second off-campus credit, 208 topics, fulfills cultural subfield distribution.

***Departmental courses are taught by permanent departmental faculty or anthropologists hosted in the department


A minor in anthropology will consist of a minimum of five units of coursework, 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 least 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.