Oct 01, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Cultural Anthropology, B.A.

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Offered by Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health .

Anthropology is the worldwide comparative study of humankind, present and past. The subfield of cultural anthropology examines the relationship of culture, human meaning, and the social, political, and economic forces that affect our worlds. The Cultural Anthropology, B.A. provides students conceptual tools and research skills to understand cultural diversity, social organization, and personal experience, both within the United States and across the world.

Anthropology courses ask students to engage in critical analysis, evaluate social theories, and apply qualitative research methods. Students explore critical contemporary problems, globalization, urban life, family, gender, health, and technology, to name just a few topic areas, all in a cross-cultural frame. The department also offers a three-course sequence on physical and forensic anthropology. Cultural anthropology majors complete their own independent research projects as part of their capstone methods course.

Cultural anthropology majors learn to gather and analyze complex material, communicate across differences, and recognize how cultural perspectives shape events and interactions. Upon graduation, students are well prepared to obtain employment in the increasingly diverse workforce, pursue graduate and professional training, and engage effectively in a complex world.

SAPH also offers an Anthropology Minor .

University Requirements

Completion of Minimum University Requirements for an Undergraduate Baccalaureate Degree .

  • Minimum 120 credits and minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Completion of 45 upper-level credits, residence requirement, Writing Intensive requirement, and General Education requirement

Major Requirements

  • Minimum 31 credits
  • Minimum grade of 'C' in courses applied to the major

Course Requirements

Elective Requirements (18 credits)

Complete 18 additional credits from ANTH or SOCY, including a minimum of 12 credits in ANTH, a maximum of 6 credits in SOCY, a minimum of 12 credits at the 300 level or above, and excluding SOCY 396  and any other P/F courses, from the following or other approved courses:

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Programs

Qualified students may apply to an accelerated program, which allows them to share courses between a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. Students take graduate courses as undergraduate students and later apply those courses to master's degrees. An undergraduate may apply to participate in an accelerated program even if the desired graduate program is in a department other than the one in which the student is majoring. More information is available from the Accelerated Program page of the Graduate School website.

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