The department requires that a student take at least one 200-level anthropology course before taking ANT 280. Students must have at least one 200 level course in cultural or linguistic anthropology to enroll in ANT 292.
Anthropology, the study of humankind, strives to take the broadest possible perspective on the human condition. Anthropologists explore peoples and cultures around the world, past and present, to become familiar with and understand our common humanity, cultural diversity, the organization of social life, societal change, the evolution of our species, our place in the natural world, and our affinities with other species. Anthropology approaches culture holistically, studying the interrelationships among the many facets of human life: family, kinship, language, gender, exchange, ritual, myth, technology, socialization, power, privilege, and subsistence. Typically, archaeologists concentrate on cultures of the past, cultural anthropologists on those of the present, linguistic anthropologists on language as a rule-governed sign system, and biological anthropologists on the complex interrelationship between cultural and biological factors in human life, past and present. Anthropological research is often conducted outside the context of Western society, but increasingly anthropologists have applied their perspectives to the study of questions in the West
Anthropology 104 is the general introduction to the field. It is required of majors and is normally a student's first course in the department and a prerequisite to most other courses. Highly motivated and well-prepared students, however, can request and often receive permission into a number of the 200-level courses without having taken ANT 104. For the major, students are required to take a minimum of 32 credits in anthropology with at least one course in either archaeology or biological anthropology, one course in either cultural anthropology or linguistic anthropology, a methods course (ANT 290, 291, or 292), Theories of Culture (ANT 280), and either two 300-level courses or one 300-level course and senior thesis (ANT 499). ANT 280 and typically at least one methods course are offered every semester. ANT 280 (Theories) is a prerequisite for all 300 and 400-level courses, while ANT 29X (Methods) is strongly recommended for those courses. Majors are also required to take a course in statistics and one year of a foreign language.
There are many ways to complete a major in anthropology. One possibility, which includes a semester of Off-Campus Study (OCS) is:
|FIRST YEAR FALL||FIRST YEAR SPRING|
|Language Course||ANT 104|
|SECOND YEAR FALL||SECOND YEAR SPRING|
|ANT 2XX||-or-||ANT 280 (Theories)|
|THIRD YEAR FALL||THIRD YEAR SPRING|
|OCS or ANT 2XX and ANT 29X (Methods)||OCS or ANT 2XX and ANT 29X (Methods)|
|FOURTH YEAR FALL||FOURTH YEAR SPRING|
|ANT 3XX or ANT 490||ANT 3XX or ANT 490
|ANT 2XX||ANT 2XX|