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Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
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Anthropology Major

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Anthropology Major: The Anthropology major prepares students to function effectively in a culturally diverse environment. Anthropology is the systematic study of humanity from a holistic, cross-cultural, and historical perspective. Within the field it draws upon the study of cultures, languages, investigation of human evolution, and the study of the human past through material remains. It also draws insight from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, including the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. The major aims to promote greater inter-cultural understanding and awareness. The major provides both a general grounding in three subfields of anthropology (cultural anthropology, archaeology, and physical anthropology) and a detailed focus on a particular area of concentration. The major is designed to allow students to customize their program to best compliment their topical and areal research interests. Upper level courses span a range of topical and theoretical issues cross-culturally including foodways, health and nutrition, ethnobiology, colonialism, cultural resilience, race, identity, religion, and economics. The educational goal of the program is to provide the student with a component of a liberal arts education that draws on both the humanities and natural sciences. It will also effectively prepare students for graduate study in anthropology, archaeology, historic preservation, careers in contract archaeology and cultural resource management.


The Anthropology major consists of 36 credit hours. Of these 18 will be required courses with an additional 18 hours of relevant electives. Students can pursue a cultural anthropology focus and/or an archaeology focus. Students are encouraged to encourage to consult their academic advisors regarding course selections.

Required Courses (21 credit hours)

Foundation Courses (3 courses)


ANT 201 – Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)

ANT 205 – Physical Anthropology (3 credits)

ANT 220 – Archaeology (3 credits)


Method and Theory Courses (1 course)

One of the following upper level method and theory courses are required for the anthropology major. Students must complete method and theory courses associated with their chosen focus area, either archaeology or cultural anthropology. Students may not take a method and theory course unless they have already completed the associated foundational course. If a student completes both method and theory courses, one course can be used as an anthropology elective.


ANT 355 – Anthropological Theory (3 credits)

ANT 365 – Archaeological Theory and Method (3 credits)


Applied Field Methods (minimum of 3 credits)

Reflective, experiential learning outside of the classroom is essential to a degree in Anthropology. To help students enhance their skill in this area, 3 credits of the following coursework are required: Students focusing on archaeology are strongly recommended to take at least one field and one lab course.



ANT 420 – Urban Anthropology

ANT 471 – Archaeology Fieldwork (3-6 credits)

ANT 481 – Anthropology Internship (3-6 credits)



ANT 371 – Archaeological ArtifactAnalysis

ANT 472 – Environmental Archaeology Lab Intensive


Skills Requirement (1 course)

This requirement is designed to give students a background in quantitative analysis and statistics, helping to build a mathematical foundation for future academic and career goals. The option is especially important for students planning to continue their education as these skills are often part of graduate curriculum. MAT 323 is recommended, although any class on the list will meet the requirement.


MAT 323 - Statistics

NAS 215 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems


Second Language Skills Option

Knowledge of more than one language is of great importance for students of anthropology, because strong connections exist between language and culture. The second language skills option stresses the importance of this connection and the applicability of additional languages to a student’s future academic work and/or career. This skills option can be satisfied in one of the following ways: Successful completion of a foreign language through the first course of the intermediate level with a grade of C or higher or Successful completion of high school level 4 in one language with a grade of B or higher or Successful completion of a placement exam in which the student placed above the first course of the intermediate level.


Senior Seminar (3 credits)

Students are required to take a senior seminar and engage in research in their chosen area of focus, archaeology or cultural anthropology.



ANT 470 – Senior Seminar


Elective Courses (15 credit hours)


Anthropology Electives (minimum of 9 credits)

Anthropology majors are required to complete at least 9 credits of anthropology electives. Anthropology electives are any course beginning with ANT that are not used to fulfill other major requirements. In addition, courses used as Anthropology electives cannot be double- counted for the supporting course work requirement. 6 of 9 credits must be at the 300-400 level. Some courses taught by faculty in other departments can be counted toward the anthropology electives requirement. Students are advised to check with the Anthropology Program Coordinator before enrolling in courses taught by affiliate faculty.


ANT 230 – Florida Archaeology (3 credits)

ANT 231 – Historical Archaeology (3 credits)

ANT 305 – Advanced Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)

ANT 311 – Native Americans and the Native Caribbean (3 credits)

ANT 313 – Indian Cultures of South America (3 credits)

ANT 315 – Indian Civilizations of Mesoamerica (3 credits)

ANT 317 – African Diaspora (3credits)

ANT 325 – Heritage Tourism (3credits)

ANT 332 – Hunter Gatherers (3credits)

ANT 340 – Special Topics (can be repeated if the content is different) (3 credits)

ANT 360 – Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3 credits)

ANT 405 – Maritime Archaeology (3 credits)

ANT 408 -Archaeological Ethics and Law (3 credits)

ANT 410 – Environmental Archaeology (3 credits)

ANT 420 – Urban Anthropology (3 credits)

ANT 425 – Medical Anthropology (3 credits)

ANT 440 – Special Topics (can be repeated if the content is different) (3 credits)

ANT 477 – Research Assistant (1credit)

ANT 481, 482, 483 Anthropology Internship (1-6 credits)

ANT 491, 492, 493 Independent Study (1-6 credits)


Supporting Coursework (minimum of 6 credits)

To fulfill the supporting coursework requirement, students may take courses from multiple departments, or choose to take courses from one department. The purpose of the supporting course sequence is to enable students to develop skills and additional academic preparation that are related to their specific interests in anthropology. Supporting courses can be used to further develop a student’s focused interest in archaeology or cultural anthropology, or they may be directed to a particular topical or skill area—such as social science research methods, human geography, environmental courses, public health, cultural studies, gender issues, etc.


The following rules apply to the supporting coursework requirement: Supporting courses should relate to the student’s area of focus, whether archaeology or cultural anthropology.

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