Cultural Anthropology (BA)

Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

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This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences/Anthropology & Sociology 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:

  • Understand 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.
  • Illustrate 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.
  • Distinguish individual, social and cultural frames of analysis through the use of social and anthropological theory.
  • Demonstrate through the 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.
  • A minimum of six hours in non-native language (expertise demonstrated by course work or testing) are also required in addition to the requirements for the major. Courses used towards the Arts and Sciences Language requirement may also be used to fulfill a major or minor in a foreign language.
  • 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 must complete a minimum of 27 approved credit hours of academic work at Webster within the major.
  • Courses completed with a grade below a C- do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

Degree Requirements

  • 42 required credit hours
  • 6 Arts and Sciences language requirement credit hours
  • 27 general education credit hours
  • 53 elective credit hours

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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 (3 hours)
  • ANTH 3650 Anthropology in 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 Gender and Sex (3 hours)


Space, Place and Globalization:

  • ANTH 2760 Urban Anthropology (3 hours)
  • ANTH 3360 Indigenous Peoples, Culture and 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)


Electives within the major (12 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)