Cultural Anthropology (BA)

College of Arts & Sciences/Behavioral and Social Sciences Department

Program Description

Courses in cultural anthropology (ANTH) are designed to help students develop a cross-cultural understanding of the human experience and the analytical skills necessary for critically evaluating the diversity of human belief systems and practices.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the history and theory of cultural anthropology, characterize various types of ethnographic work, and describe the ways applied anthropology can be used to solve human problems.
  • Evaluate and critique the assumptions, purposes, methods and ethics of anthropological fieldwork and research.
  • Discuss the centrality of culture in the human experience and apply this understanding to a range of social problems such as class, caste and stratification, race, ethnicity and nationalism, and the unequal access to social resources that emerge from these systems.
  • Discuss individual, social and cultural frames of analysis through the use of social and anthropological theory.
  • Describe through verbal and written forms a multicultural and cross-cultural perspective of our world, and distinguish the factors contributing to diversity and inequality within and among nations.

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Special Requirements

  • A minimum of 42 credit hours must be selected from within anthropology. Within the required 42 hours, 21 hours must be at the 3000 level and above with at least 9 hours at the 4000 level.
  • In addition to the cultural anthropology requirements, a minimum of six hours in a non-native language (expertise demonstrated by course work or testing) are required for the major. Courses used towards the International Language requirement may also be used to fulfill general education requirements or a major/minor in a foreign language. Students whose native language is not English and who are studying in English will be considered to have achieved their foreign language requirement if they successfully pass an ESL test of their English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL).
  • No more than 6 credit hours obtained in practica, independent learning experiences, reading courses, and assessment of prior learning may be applied toward the 42 credit hours required for a major.
  • Transfer students can apply up to 15 credit hours of approved ANTH course work from other universities towards the ANTH major. Students may transfer in 6 credit hours of approved foreign language course work to meet the International Language requirement for anthropology.
  • Courses completed with a grade below a C- do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 42 required credit hours
  •  6 international language requirement credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

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Required Courses

Within the 42 credit hours students are required to complete the following courses:

  • ANTH 1100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)
  • ANTH 2500 Peoples and Cultures (6 hours)
  • ANTH 2825 Qualitative Research Methods (3 hours)
  • ANTH 3550 Anthropological History & Theory (3 hours)
  • ANTH 4825 Senior Thesis (3 hours)

At least ONE course must be completed from EACH of the following three content areas


  • ANTH 3130 Race and Ethnicity (3 hours)
  • ANTH 3730 Kinship and Family (3 hours)
  • ANTH 4330 Global Sex/Gender Systems (3 hours)

Space, Place and Globalization:

  • ANTH 2760 Urban Anthropology (3 hours)
  • ANTH 3360 Indigenous Peoples, Culture & Globalization (3 hours)
  • ANTH 4260 Nationalism and Transnationalism (3 hours)

Cultural and Social Bodies:

  • ANTH 2690 Food and Culture (3 hours)
  • ANTH 2890 Culture and Disease (3 hours)
  • ANTH 3490 Environmental Anthropology (3 hours)
  • Anthropology Electives (15 hours)

Recommended Courses:

  • PSYC/SOCI 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics (3 hours)
  • PSYC/SOCI 2825 Introduction to Research and Methods (3 hours)
  • SOCI 3550 Social Theory (3 hours)

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