Apr 19, 2024  
College Catalog 2011-2012 
College Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology Major

Major Requirements

A major in anthropology consists of ten courses, including either ANTH 101  or ANTH 111  (either of which is a prerequisite for all other anthropology courses except ANTH 112 , ANTH 115 , ANTH 240  and ANTH 340 ), ANTH 230  (which should ideally be taken in the sophomore year or before the student studies abroad), ANTH 487 , the senior seminar (ANTH 490 ) and other anthropology courses chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor. Majors are strongly urged to take at least one ethnographic area course. If a student cannot complete a required non-elective course successfully in two attempts, he or she must petition the department chair for permission to attempt it a third time.

In addition, a student majoring in anthropology must complete one semester of study abroad after successfully completing a course in research methods (either ANTH 230  or a similar course approved by the department). The program chosen by the student should have a substantial fieldwork-based component or the opportunity to engage in significant independent research. For this reason, the department does not recommend direct enrollment in foreign universities as a study abroad option. Where appropriate, a student may, with the permission of the department chair, count one course taken on study abroad towards the major, with the exception noted below.

A maximum of two courses in anthropology taken at other universities or institutions of tertiary education (including foreign universities) may be counted towards the major at the discretion of the department chair.

If circumstances warrant, a student may petition the department to waive a requirement, provided an alternative acceptable to the department is proposed.