The Anthropology BA Program: Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all anthropology majors must complete the following requirements (35–39 credits):

  1. The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher:
    • ANT 1500/Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology: 3 credits
    • ANT 3150/Classics in Anthropological Literature: 4 credits
    • ANT 3560/Fieldwork: Qualitative Methods: 4 credits
    • ANT 4070/Current Anthropological Literature: 4 credits
    • Four anthropology electives in the student’s chosen concentration: 12–16 credits
  2. ANT 4990/Senior Project in Anthropology (must be taken for two semesters): 8 credits

Anthropology majors are encouraged to undertake an internship, study-abroad opportunity, or community-action independent study. Students may petition to take credit-bearing internships with anthropology faculty sponsors in place of one upper-level elective for the major.

Concentration 1: General Anthropology
The four anthropology electives must include at least one course in the each of the other three concentrations

Note: New and reinstated courses may be added to the following concentrations. Students should consult their advisor to determine whether a new or reinstated course counts toward a specific concentration.

Concentration 2: World Cultures
ANT 1010/Nigerian/Hausa Language and Culture
ANT 2055/Urban Life in Africa
ANT 2235/Islam in the American Imagination
ANT 2330/New Immigrants in the United States
ANT 2410/Environment and Sustainable Development in South Asia
ANT 3190/Urban Anthropology
ANT 3455/Archaeological Issues in the Southern Levant
ANT 4100/Informal Economies
ANT 4160/Material Culture
ANT 4860/Special Topic: Geographic Area*
*semester topic: Culture and Media in Italy

Concentration 3: Anthropology and the Arts
ANT 2250/Film and Anthropology
ANT 2320/Performing Arts in Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANT 2470/Museum Anthropology
ANT 2550/Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
ANT 2610/Introduction to Ethnomusicology
ANT 3070/Myth and Ritual
ANT 3185/Global Media, Local Cultures
ANT 3275/Los Angeles/Mumbai: Cinematic City Cross-Culturally
ANT 3345/Theatre and Performance in Africa
ANT 3380/Avant-Garde Cultures and Everyday Life
ANT 3410/Anthropology of Art and Aesthetics
ANT 3415/Anthropology of Music and Sound
ANT 3540/Sensing and Knowing in Anthropology, Psychology, and
    the Arts
ANT 3600/Contemporary Japan: Aesthetics, Politics, Modernity
ANT 3610/Gender and Popular Culture in South Asia

Concentration 4: Kinship, Identities, and Power
ANT 2175/Language, Culture, and Society
ANT 2340/Drugs, Bodies, Design
ANT 2755/Global Sexualities
ANT 3390/Critical Perspectives on Language and Culture

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