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 247. China through Film
    • 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—Students who wish to qualify for honors in anthropology must write a one-credit senior thesis. Honors will be awarded to those whose thesis is granted an A- or better and who have a minimum grade average of B+ for the courses comprising their major.