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Major/Minor Requirements

Applicable for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Major

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.


List of current anthropology courses

Requirement Met

Subfield

Critical Perspectives

AN 100

Human/Being – Anthropological Perspectives

 

 

G

AN 123

American Sign Language I

 

 

 

AN 124

American Sign Language I

 

 

 

AN 202

Human Biological Variation

 

Biological

 

AN 205

Language and Culture

 

Linguistic

G or S

AN 206

Doing Ethnography

Methods

Cultural

 

AN 207

Primate Behavior, Ecology and Conservation

 

Biological

 

AN 208

Topics in Anthropology:

 

Varies

 

AN 210

Anthropology and the History of Ideas

 

Cultural

 

AN 215

Anthropological Theory

Req. Core Course AN215

 

AN 217

Precolumbian Civilizations of Mesoamerica

 

 

G

AN 219

Archaeology of the American Southwest

Methods

Archaeology

S

AN 220

Doing Archaeology

Methods

Archaeology

 

AN 221

Topics in Ethnomusicology

 

 

 

AN 230

Human Evolution

 

Biological

I

AN 237

African Descendants in the Caribbean and Latin America

 

Cultural

G or S

AN 238

Genders and Sexualities in Latin America and the Caribbean

 

Cultural

G or S

AN 239

Gender Diversity Across Cultures

 

Cultural

G or S

AN 242

Anthropology of Food

Methods

Cultural

S

AN 243

Hispanic Folklore of the Southwest

Methods

Cultural

S

AN 245

Popular Culture

 

Cultural

 

AN 256

Language Socialization

Methods

Linguistic

S

AN 258

Introduction to Linguistics

 

Linguistic

 

AN 259

Native Peoples of the Southwest

 

Cultural

 

AN 260

Language & Gender

Methods

Linguistic

 

AN 262

Studying Language as Social Action

Methods

Linguistic

 

AN 301

Human Osteology

Methods, 300

Biological

I

AN 302

Human Ecology and Biology

Methods, 300

Biological

I

AN 306

Primatology

Methods, 300

Biological

I

AN 308

Topics in Anthropology

300-Level

Varies

 

AN 311

Language in Culture and Mind:

                  Cognitive Anthropology

300, Methods

Linguistic

 

AN 312

Language of Racism

300

Linguistic

 

AN 315

Senior Capstone

Req. Core Course AN315

 

AN 320

Field Archaeology

300, Methods

Archaeology

 

AN 321

Rio Grande: Culture, History and Region

300, Methods

Cultural

G or S

AN 326

Religion & Ritual

300

Cultural

G

AN 331

Evolution, Science, and Society

300

Biological

 

AN 333

Evolution of Human Life Histories

300

Biological

 

AN 371

Culture Contact and Writing Cultures

300, Methods

Cultural

G or S

AN 376

Culture and Power: Political Anthropology

300, Methods

Cultural

G or S

AN 377

Living in the Material World--Economic Anthropology

300

Cultural

G or S

AN 380

Community-Based Field Course

300, Methods

Varies

 

AN 400

Research in Anthropology

300

Varies

 

**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

Minor

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.