Anthropology Requirements

B.A. in Anthropology

Please Note: The Undergraduate Catalog contains the most up-to-date anthropology program requirements.

A major in anthropology consists of 30 credit hours of core and elective courses covering the following four areas:

Cultural Anthropology

Cultural anthropology involves the description and comparison of human cultures and the analysis of the operation and structure of human societies.

Topics covered by cultural anthropology include:

  • Subsistence technology
  • Art
  • Marriage and kinship patterns
  • Child-raising techniques
  • Gender roles
  • Rituals
  • Authority and leadership styles

Biological Anthropology

Biological anthropology is the study of human origins, biological evolution and variation within the human species.

Topics covered by biological anthropology include:

  • Human anatomy
  • Primate behavior
  • Genetic variation
  • Fossil records
  • Human diseases
  • Adaptation

Linguistic Anthropology

Linguistic anthropology is the study of the structure and role of language in human communication, and the relationship between language and society.

Topics covered by linguistic anthropology include:

  • Description of speech articulation
  • Semantic and grammatical structures
  • Dialect variations
  • Intercultural communication
  • Language acquisition
  • Multilingualism
  • Language planning


Archaeology involves the excavation, interpretation, and reconstruction of past human cultures and cultural evolution.

Topics covered by archeology include:

  • Ancient beginnings of tool-making technology
  • Crucial inventions of food domestication, pottery, and metallurgy
  • Development of urban life
  • Migrations and contacts among past human groups

Minor in Anthropology

A minor in Anthropology consists of six Anthropology courses (18 credits) with at least one of the courses at or above the 300 level. These courses may include any listed ANTH course with the exclusion of ANTH 199.

More information is available in the Anthropology section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Museum Studies Certificate

For Anthropology majors and minors with an interest in museum operations and curation, check out Fisher's Museum Studies Certificate as an excellent addition to your academic career!

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