Anthropology Major

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.

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 Biological 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.

 

Anthropology Minor

Anthropology is the study of people, both ancient and modern, in their cultural, biological, and environmental contexts. Anthropology is the only field to address all aspects of the human experience – cultural, biological, historical – and so the discipline necessarily incorporates a wide range of theoretical and methodological traditions, drawing on and contributing to approaches in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. It is the breadth of our vision of what it means to be human, as well as the breadth of our theoretical and methodological approaches that constitute our unique mission and role within the university. Thus, a minor in Anthropology would provide a rich intellectual complement to a wide range of majors within the College of Arts and Sciences.

A minimum if 18 credits hours of Anthropology courses, including a minimum of 9 upper division credit hours. All course work applied to the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better (no pass/fail work may be applied). The grade point average for all Anthropology course work must equal 2.00 (“C”) or higher.

Students will be allowed to apply no more than 9 credit hours, including 6 upper division credit hours, of transfer work towards a minor in Anthropology.

Course work applied towards a minor in Anthropology may also be applied towards general education (Core/ College List) and major requirements.

The following ANTH courses are required for a minor in Anthropology.

  • ANTH 2010 – Introduction to Physical Anthropology I.
  • ANTH 2100 – Frontiers of Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 2200 – Introduction to Archaeology.
  • Nine hours of upper division electives in Anthropology

The three introductory courses will provide all minors an appreciation of the range of scholarship encompassed by contemporary anthropology. Students are recommended to select upper division course work to best complete their majors. For example, students majoring in Asian Studies, Communications, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Film Studies, International Affairs, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, Media Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies might choose to focus on upper division courses in Cultural Anthropology. Students majoring in Art History, Classics, or Environmental Design might choose to focus on upper division courses in Archaeology. And students majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Integrated Physiology, or Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology might choose to focus on upper division courses in Physical Anthropology. Students majoring in History or Humanities might choose to focus on upper division courses in Archaeology or Physical Anthropology. Finally students majoring in Environmental Studies or Geography might choose to focus on upper division courses in any of the anthropology sub-disciplines.