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B.A. in Anthropology

Due to the holistic nature of the discipline, an undergraduate degree in anthropology provides excellent preparation for advanced academic degrees, such as those obtained in medical school, law school, and graduate school in anthropology and other social sciences. USF Anthropology majors have been accepted at major graduate schools in the United States, including the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago. For the B.A. Program, our primary goals are to teach students to think anthropologically and to promote a sense of wonder about human potential. Thinking anthropologically fosters critical understanding of cultural assumptions, social conventions, information, and even the concept of culture itself. This level of critical thinking builds the skills and attitudes necessary for working and living in diverse social environments. We currently have about 250 majors, and each year thousands of undergraduate students enroll in our major and general education courses.

For information and advice about the Anthropology major or minor, contact Advisor Alyssa Thomas at: AnthroAdvise@usf.edu

 

 

Requirements for the Major in Anthropology

For full information on all aspects of the major, students should consult the Undergraduate Catalog. (If you are a student admitted from 2002-2008, use this catalog link.) As of 2009-2010, the major in Anthropology consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours.  In order to graduate, students must maintain an average best attempt 2.5 GPA in all courses counted toward the major.  In addition, students must have a minimum C (2.0) grade in the senior core course ANT 4034.  A C- grade is not acceptable.  ANT 2000, although suggested, is not a prerequisite to intermediate level courses.  ANT 2000 may, however, be included in the 36 credit hour major requirement.  Students who have not taken ANT 2000 must make up the missing hours with elective coursework.  ANT 3101, ANT 2410, ANT 2511, ANT 2511L, and ANT 3610 are required as intermediate level training in the main subdivisions of the field, and ANT 4034 completes the specific requirements. Majors are required to complete a minimum of 18 hours of 4000-level elective coursework, including courses from at least three of the four subfields shown below. A minimum of three (3) of these 18 credits must be selected from a list of designated methods courses.  Methods courses may also be counted toward the subdivision requirement.

Required Core Courses

  • ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • ANT 2511 Biological Anthropology (3)
  • ANT 3101 Archaeology (3)
  • ANT 3610 Anthropological Linguistics (3)
  • ANT 4034 Theories of Culture (3)

Area Electives

Archaeology

  • ANT 4142 Old World Archaeology (3)
  • ANT 4143 European Archaeology (3)
  • ANT 4147 Environmental Archaeology (3)
  • ANT 4153 North American Archaeology (3)
  • ANT 4158 Florida Archaeology (4)
  • ANT 4163 Mesoamerican Archaeology (3)
  • ANT 4165 South American Archaeology (3)
  • ANT 4172 Historical Archaeology (3)
  • ANT 4180 Laboratory Methods in Archaeology (2-4)
  • ANT 4181 Museum Methods (4)
  • ANT 4183C Archaeological Science (4)
  • ANT 4195 Fantastic Archeology (3)
  • ANT 4824 Archaeological Field Methods (4-12)

Biological Anthropology

  • ANT 4520C Forensic Anthropology (4)
  • ANT 4516 Human Variation (3)
  • ANT 4586 Prehistoric Human Evolution (3)

Anthropological Linguistics

  • ANT 4620 Language and Culture (3)
  • ANT 4750 Language and Social Interaction (3)

Cultural Anthropology

  • ANT 4014 Anthropology of American Culture (3)
  • ANT 4231 Folklore (3)
  • ANT 4241 Anthropology of Religion (3)
  • ANT 4285 Oral History (3)
  • ANT 4302 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
  • ANT 4312 North American Indians (3)
  • ANT 4316 Ethnic Diversity in the United States (3)
  • ANT 4323 Mexico and Central America (3)
  • ANT 4340 The Caribbean (3)
  • ANT 4390 Visual Anthropology (3)
  • ANT 4401 Exploring Cross-Cultural Diversity (3)
  • ANT 4403 Environmental Anthropology (3)
  • ANT 4432 The Individual and Culture (3)
  • ANT 4442 Urban Life and Culture (3)
  • ANT 4462 Health, Illness, and Culture (3)
  • ANT 4495 Methods in Cultural Research (3)
  • ANT 4701 Applied Anthropology (3)
  • URS 3002 Introduction to Urban Studies (3)

Methods

  • ANT 4180 Lab Methods in Archaeology (2-4)
  • ANT 4181 Museum Methods (4)
  • ANT 4183C Archaeological Science (4)
  • ANT 4285 Oral History (3)
  • ANT 4390 Visual Anthropology (3)
  • ANT 4495 Methods in Cultural Research (3)
  • ANT 4520C Forensic Anthropology (4)
  • ANT 4824 Archaeological Field Methods (4-12)

Special Topics

  • ANT 4930 Special Topics (3)
    Depending upon the specific topic, this may count toward any of the subdivisions and/or the methods requirement.