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Anthropology B.A.

College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 47
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Anthropology is concerned with the holistic study of diverse peoples and cultures with a central focus on what it means to be human. This understanding is developed using an integrative and comparative approach that examines the role of culture in human society. Areas of knowledge include * specific ethnographic areas such as Central and South America, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, along with specific subfields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and physical anthropology * political, social, and environmental issues within the context of international and intranational diversity * major historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives To illustrate how anthropological knowledge is obtained, qualitative methodology is emphasized, including knowledge of the uses and limitations of standard methods, a strong ethical component concerning the study of humans, and the relationship between theory and method in qualitative fieldwork. A Final Project, ANTH 4653 - Senior Seminar, a capstone course, provides anthropology majors with an overview of current anthropological knowledge and develops their research skills. Honors Requirements: Honors students participate in independent research, working closely with a faculty member. Qualified majors apply to the honors program before the end of the second week of their senior year after they have completed or are enrolled in ANTH 4651 - Development of Anthropological Theory.
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.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Requirements for the B.A. in anthropology include: * A second field of study, either a minor or another major.
Lower Division (8 cr)
ANTH 1604 - Cultural Anthropology [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
ANTH 1602 - Prehistoric Cultures [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, SOC SCI] (4.0 cr)
or ANTH 1601 - Freshman Seminar: Prehistoric Cultures [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, SOC SCI] (4.0 cr)
Upper Division (11 cr)
ANTH 4651 - Development of Anthropological Theory (4.0 cr)
ANTH 4653 - Senior Seminar (3.0 cr)
SOC 3156 - Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis (4.0 cr)
Electives (24 cr)
Note: ANTH 4691, 4696, 4697, 4699 and 4910 carry variable credit. Only three credits maximum in one course or combined from these three courses count toward the anthropology major; additional credits will apply to the overall degree.
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3xxx
· CST 3050 - Utopian and Dystopian Images (3.0 cr)
· CST 3080 - Cultural Constructions of the Body (4.0 cr)
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 4xxx
and additional electives (6 cr)
Credits may include a combination of lower division (1xxx-2xxx) anthropology or cultural studies credits OR upper division (3xxx-4xxx) credits in other department approved courses in fields such as American Indian studies, cultural studies, geography, linguistics, and sociology.
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx
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