Requirements for the B.A. in Cultural Anthropology

(51–58 credits as listed below, plus University-wide requirements and electives to total 128)

Common Curriculum

(30-34 credits as listed below)

Either AN120 or AN150 serve as the entering required course for the major. All other courses listed, or approved substitutes from study abroad, are required for the major.

1. Six courses in Cultural Anthropology

  • AN 120 Cultural Anthropology
    or AN 150 The Family
  • AN 230 Reading Ethnography
  • AN 250 Ethnographic Methods
  • AN 370 Anthropological Theory
  • SO 385 Social Theory
  • AN 4XX Senior Seminar I (fall semester, Senior year, pending approval)
  • AN 4XX Senior Seminar II (spring semester Senior year, pending approval)

2. One course in Mathematics

  • MA 141 Elementary Statistics

3. Additional Requirements (17-20 credits).

In addition to the common curriculum, students select three electives from courses in Cultural Anthropology, one elective from courses in development and human rights, and one elective in a history or culture of a specific area. Approved substitutes from study abroad can fill these requirements.

Three electives in Cultural Anthropology from the following:

  • AN 220 Social Issues (special topics vary)
  • AN 240 Ethnographic Film
  • AN 262 Myth, Magic and Religion
  • AN 272 Culture, Conflict and Power
  • AN 262 Myth, Magic and Religion
  • AN 285 Aesthetics
  • AN 320 Ritual to Theater
  • AN 361 Social Change: Globalization and Culture
  • IS 430 The Social Life of War: Political, Culture and Identity Process in Global Conflict

One elective in development and human rights from the following:

  • PS 225 Politics of the Developing World
  • SO 286 Health and Human Rights
  • IS 320 Global Poverty and Inequality

One elective in history or culture of a specific geographic area from the following:

All electives in modern languages have language prerequisites of 201.

  • HS/PS 211/212 The Modern Middle East
  • HS 216 Modern East Africa
  • HS 218 Modern Africa/South Africa
  • HS 228 America as Empire
  • IS 130 The Modern Mediterranean
  • SP 205 Introduction to Spanish Culture
  • SP 206 Introduction to Latin American Culture
  • IT 205 Introduction to Italian Culture and Civilization
  • FR 202 Intermediate French Language and Culture
  • JA 202 Intermediate Japanese Language and Culture
  • GA 202 Intermediate German Language and Culture

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