A major in anthropology consists of eight or more four-credit courses and must include:

  • ANT-101 Cultural Anthropology, ANT-105 World Prehistory, and ANT 401 Anthropological Methods and Theory,
  • at least one course focused on a specific region of the world,
  • at least one course focused on a specific anthropological topic, and
  • at least three additional courses with either a regional or topical focus.

Students planning to major in anthropology should consult with the program director to select specific courses suited to your individual interests and needs.

For course descriptions, see listings under individual departments. On occasion, special topics courses are offered that may also satisfy the requirements for the major.

Regional courses

ANT-202 Peoples of Black Africa
ANT-203 Cultures of the Non-Western World
ANT-204 Modern Japanese Society through Films
ANT-205 Japanese Popular Culture
ANT-210 Anthropology of China
ANT-211 Mayan Archaeology
AST-250 Human Development in Contemporary Asia
JPN-225 Japanese Cinema
REL-223 Hindu Cultures and Religious Worlds
REL-227 Religions of South Asia
REL-325 Women and Power in Hinduism

Topical courses

ANT-110 Human Evolution
ANT-302 Anthropology of Ethnicity
ANT-303 Cultural Ecology
ANT-344 Anthropology of Religion
ANT-501 Independent Study
CLS-211 Classical Archaeology
FYW-1117 Magic and Religion
FYW-1208 Conspiracies, Delusions and Lies
LNG-210 General Linguistics
LNG-220 Linguistic Analysis
LNG-230 Language as Cultural Phenomenon
LNG-240 The Origin of Language


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