Majoring in Anthropology

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The anthropology program leads to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Coursework for the major begins with three courses that introduce the three subfields of anthropology: Introduction to Archaeology, Introduction to Physical Anthropology, and Frontiers of Cultural Anthropology.

Among the numerous upper-division offerings are courses on contemporary peoples and cultures from different areas of the world, human nutrition, evolution, religion, cultural change, the archaeology of different areas of the world, and hieroglyphics. Laboratory work is an optional component of the program and offered in both physical/biological anthropology and archaeology.

B.A. Degree Requirements

Majors must fulfill all requirements for graduation set forth by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. A maximum of 45 hours in Anthropology may be used to meet degree requirements of the College. Majors must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of Anthropology courses, with a grade of C- or better, and at least 18 of these hours must be at the upper-division level (3000-4000 level courses). The cumulative GPA in Anthropology must be at least 2.0. All required courses for the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better, and none of the required courses in the major may be taken for a Pass/Fail grade. At least twelve credit hours of upper-division work in the major must be completed through the Boulder Campus. For more information contact the departmental office in Hale 350 or the undergraduate advisor.

The following Anthropology courses are required for Anthropology majors:

  • ANTH 2010 - Introduction to Physical Anthropology I
  • ANTH 2100 - Frontiers of Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 2200 - Introduction to Archaeology
  • One upper-division course in Physical Anthropology
  • One upper-division topical course in Cultural Anthropology *
  • One upper-division ethnographic area course in Cultural Anthropology **
  • One upper-division course in Archaeology
  • Nine credit hours of elective courses in Anthropology (six of which must be at the upper-division level)
  • Students planning to pursue graduate work in anthropology are advised to also complete ANTH 4000 (Quantitative Methods in Anthropology) and an upper division Anthropological theory course.

*These are courses that focus on aspects that affect cultures, e.g. ANTH 4580: The Holocaust.

** These are courses that focus on the culture of peoples in specific area of the world, e.g. ANTH  4750: Culture and Society in South Asia.