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Anthropology B.A.

Division of Social Sciences - Adm
Division of Social Sciences
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 37
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The anthropology curriculum, with support from sociology courses, focuses on providing a comparative understanding of the range of human cultures and societies throughout the world in both humanistic and social scientific terms. Anthropology applies this understanding to problems faced by different groups of people in the flux of the modern world. Courses meet the needs of liberal arts students and students planning to pursue anthropology at the graduate level. Program Student Learning Outcomes: 1 - Increased Multicultural Competency Awareness of one's own cultural filters, ability to think comparatively across sociocultural contexts, and to apply a culturally relative perspective regarding cultural diversity 2 - Applications of Anthropological Perspectives Development of an anthropological sensibility that enables one to distill social meaning from everyday encounters with individuals, material objects, texts, and other social phenomena, with reference to both past and present human biological, ethnic, and cultural variation; ability to articulate anthropological insights into contemporary issues, and to apply them to the workplace and contemporary world 3 - Research Methods and Theories Familiarity with anthropological literature and qualitative and quantitative data in at least one of the subdisciplines of anthropology; ability to develop an original research project, and to conduct ethnographic or archaeological field work using appropriate methods; effective communication of anthropological data and/or fieldwork 4 - Ethical Principles Understanding of ethical principles relative to the conduct of anthropological research and processes, and the application of research findings 5 - Understanding Human Variation Achievement of a holistic knowledge of the discipline as a whole, and ability to articulate in a knowledgeable way the central ideas from the subdisciplines of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology; understanding and appreciation of contemporary ethnic/cultural variation, bio-cultural systems, and modern biological diversity
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of any second language.
Students develop a coherent program of study in consultation with their major adviser generally no later than the spring semester of their sophomore year. Up to four credits of D+ or D may be used to meet the major requirements if offset by a sufficient number of higher grades to meet the minimum requirement of a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses in the major. Courses may not be taken S-N unless offered S-N only. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
ANTH 1111 - Introductory Cultural Anthropology [SS] (4.0 cr)
ANTH 2101 - Biological Anthropology [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
ANTH 2103 - Archaeology [SS] (4.0 cr)
ANTH 4411 - Seminar in Anthropological Methodology [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
ANTH 4901 - Seminar in Anthropological Theory (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
An additional 16 credits in anthropology and sociology courses, 12 of which must be in courses 3xxx or above. No more than 8 credits can be from SOC courses. No more than 4 credits can be from IS 3796.
Take at most 4 credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 1812 - Human Societies: Past and Present, Fact and Fiction [IC] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 1813 - Culture on TV: An Introduction to Anthropology [IC] (2.0 cr)
· ANTH 1xxx
· ANTH 2202 - Men and Masculinities [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 2204 - Anthropology of Education: Learning and Schooling in Ethnographic Perspective [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 2206 - Sex, Marriage, and Family [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 2xxx
· SOC 1101 - Introductory Sociology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 1811 - Global Sociology: Migration, Economic Globalization, Class, and Gender Inequality [IC] (2.0 cr)
· SOC 1812 - Human Rights in the Age of Globalization [IC] (2.0 cr)
· SOC 1813 - Political Economy of "Natural" Disaster [IC] (2.0 cr)
· SOC 1814 - Water Unites, Water Divides: Sharing Water in the 21st Century [IC] (2.0 cr)
· SOC 1xxx
· SOC 2101 - Systems of Oppression [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 2xxx
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3204 - Culture, Food, and Agriculture [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3206 - Ecological Anthropology [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3455 - North American Archaeology (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3502 - Latinos in the Midwest [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3601 - Social Justice and Human Rights in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3602 - Women in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3603 - Latin American Archaeology (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3701 - Forensic Anthropology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3704 - Anthropological Genetics (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3xxx
· ANTH 4501 - Archaeological Fieldschool [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 4xxx
· IS 3796 - Interdisciplinary Internship in the Helping Professions (1.0-16.0 cr)
· SOC 3103 - Research Methodology in Sociology (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3111 - Sociology of Modernization [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3112 - Sociology of the Environment and Social Development [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3121 - Sociology of Gender and Sexuality [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3122 - Sociology of Childhoods [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3123 - Sociology of Aging [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3124 - Sociology of Law (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3125 - Terrorism, Law, and the State [SS] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3131 - World Population [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3141 - Sociology of Deviance [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3204 - Culture, Food, and Agriculture [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3251 - African Americans [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3252 - Women in Muslim Society [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3403 - Sociological Theory (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3601 - Social Justice and Human Rights in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3602 - Women in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3xxx
· SOC 4xxx
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