Anthropology, BALAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Anthropology

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department faculty: Anthropology Faculty

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Students pursuing this major must select one of the following in consultation with an advisor:

Major in Anthropology
Archaeology Concentration
Human Evolutionary Biology Concentration
Sociocultural & Linguistic Anthropology Concentration

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Anthropology

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60- 75 hours). Please see your adviser.

Departmental distinction: The department may award distinction, high distinction, or highest distinction to any Anthropology major whose overall and major grade point averages are 3.25 or higher; and who successfully completes 33 hours of anthropology courses, including 4-6 hours of ANTH 494 and ANTH 495 resulting in an Honors Thesis. The level of distinction is based on evaluation of the honors thesis.  See the departmental academic advisor for details.All students must discuss their selection of anthropology courses and supporting course work with a departmental adviser.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum required major and supporting course work: Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level Anthropology courses must be taken on this campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

When a course is listed under two or more categories, the student may decide which of the requirements the course should fulfill; however, it may not be used to fulfill more than one of those requirements.
Anthropology Core Courses9
Choose 3 of the following core courses. Students may make one substitution for 1 of the 3 required courses, choosing from the option listed.
Introduction to Archaeology
World Archaeology
Sociocultural Anthropology
Anthro in a Changing World
Biological Anthropology
Human Origins and Culture
Language in Culture
Talking Culture
Thematic Area Courses21
Choose courses in Thematic Areas within the Department of Anthropology. Students must meet with the departmental advisor to discuss selection of courses. Thematic Areas:
Anthropology of North, Central and South America
Anthropology of Africa, Asia, Europe
Criminality, Law and Social Justice
Environment, Landscape and Sustainability
Family, Community and Social Life
Health, Wellness and Society
Heritage, Museums and Tourism
Human Evolution and Culture
Identity: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Disability
Immigration, Transnationalism and Diaspora
Language, Culture and Communication
Performance, Body, Arts and Media
Science and Technology
Additional courses within Anthropology or closely related departments that complement the student’s thematic area of study9
Research and Service Learning Coursework3
Choose one of the following areas in consultation with the departmental advisor:
Archaeological Field School
Lab Analysis in Archaeology
Biological Anthropology
Methods in Bioanthropology
Research in Bioanthropology
Sociocultural/Linguistic Anthropology
Research Methods in Socio-Cultural Anthropology (or ANTH 499- Research Methods in Linguistic Anthropology section)
Museum Anthropology
Museum Theory and Practice
Museum Internship
Senior Capstone Project3-6
Choose one option below (Honors Thesis, Senior Capstone Seminar, Internship, Study Abroad, Field School or Research) in consultation with the departmental advisor:
Honors Thesis- 6 hours. Two consecutive semesters of research resulting in a written thesis
Honors Senior Thesis I
Honors Senior Thesis II
Senior Capstone Seminar (Independent Research)- 3 hours
Senior Capstone Seminar
Internship- 3 hours. A portfolio and report associated with an approved departmental internship
Individual Study
Study Abroad- 3 hours. A portfolio and report associated with an approved Study Abroad experience
Individual Study
Research and/or Field School- 3-6 hours. Data analysis and a research report associated with one of the following:
Archaeological Field School
and Lab Analysis in Archaeology
Methods in Bioanthropology
and Research in Bioanthropology
Total Hours45