Degree Requirements

  • This page outlines requirements for the degree in Anthropology (BA, Anthropology). Students can also study Anthropology as a minor or a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts).

    Requirements for the Anthropology Major (BA, Anthropology)

    The major in Anthropology requires completion of 13 courses, distributed as shown below. Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill major requirements. Only specific courses satisfy the major requirements, including electives. Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the chair of the program. Track your progress using the requirements worksheet (see below).

    To see which courses fulfill these requirements, visit the Lang course finder.   


    • 4 Tier I/introductory level courses: one in each designation* (2000 level) plus one area of study or foreign language course (2000 or 3000 level). Total credits: 16
    • 6 Tier II cluster courses, one in each designation* (2000 or 3000 level) plus three additional Reading Anthropology, Writing Anthropology, or Doing Anthropology courses. At least two of these must be 3000 level or an advisor-approved graduate-level course. Total credits: 24
    • 2 Tier III/LANT electives (3000 or 4000 level).**  Total credits: 8
    • One of the following Tier IV Courses (4 credits):
      GANT (graduate advisor-approved anthropology course)
      or a Senior Thesis

    Total credits: 52 
    * The three designations are Reading Anthropology, Writing Anthropology, and Doing Anthropology.
    ** A foreign language course can be taken as one of the four required Additional/Upper Level LANT electives.

    Requirements Worksheet

    Track your progress using the worksheet (PDF) for the year in which you declared your major in Anthropology: