Major Requirements


The anthropology major—The major requires 11 courses with a minimum grade of C-, including:

  • Five core courses.
    • ANTH 101. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • ANTH 300. Junior Seminar in Contemporary Anthropology
    • ANTH 301. Ethnographic Methods and Writing
    • ANTH 302. History of Anthropological Thought
    • ANTH 401. Seminar in Contemporary Issues
  • Two ethnographic courses. Examples include:
    • ANTH 228. Anthropology from the Margins of South Asia
    • ANTH 244. Borderlands of East and Southeast Asia
    • ANTH 252. Identities in Britain and Ireland
    • ANTH 262. Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
  • Four electives in anthropology or in cognate subjects. Starting with Class of 2013 at least one of these must be at the 300 level. Examples include:
    • ANTH 207. Anthropological Perspectives on Women and Gender
    • ANTH 215. Medical Anthropology
    • ANTH 227. Introduction to Political Ecology
    • ANTH 238. Economic Anthropology
    • ANTH 245. Anthropology and Global Health
    • ANTH 308. Anthropology of Place

The Writing Intensive Part II requirement may be fulfilled by taking a 300- or 400-level course in anthropology.

Honors—In order to be eligible for honors in anthropology, students must have a B+ grade average in the major. Students who wish to qualify for honors must write a two-credit senior thesis. The first credit is based on a one-semester independent study in the fall of their senior year. Following the successful completion of the independent study, and with approval from the department, students may register for a one credit senior thesis in the spring. Honors will be awarded to students who have an A- or better on their thesis and who have maintained at least a B+ grade average in the major.