Bachelor of Science in Anthropology

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

Core Courses *
Select three of the following:9
Cultural Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
Fundamentals of Archaeology
Complete the following courses:
ANTH A250The Rise of Civilization3
ANTH A410History of Anthropology3
Ethnographic Area Courses *
Complete three of the following:9
Natives of Alaska
Cook Inlet Anthropology
Native North Americans
Peoples and Cultures of South America
Ethnohistory of Alaska Natives
Peoples and Cultures of Northeast Asia
Aleut Adaptations
Eskimo Adaptations
Tlingit and Haida Adaptations
Athabascan Adaptations
Of the following ethnographic area courses which emphasize archaeology, no more than 6 credits can be used to satisfy the ethnographic area requirement:
North American Archaeology
Peopling of the Americas
Arctic Archaeology
Topical/Theoretical Courses *
Select two of the following: **6
Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Psychological Anthropology
Anthropology of Art
Language and Culture
Modern Human Biological Diversity
Anthropology of Religion
Applied Anthropology
Archaeology of Identity
Evolution of Humans and Disease
Culture and Ecology
Medical Anthropology
Food and Nutrition: An Anthropological Perspective
Peace, War, and Violence: An Anthropological Perspective
Ethical Issues in Archaeology
Analytical Techniques in Archaeology
Museum Studies in Anthropology
Historical Archaeology
Anthropology Electives *
Any 6 credits in anthropology6
Statistics Course
STAT A253Applied Statistics for the Sciences4
or STAT A307 Probability and Statistics

Complete 36 credits from these items, 18 of which must be upper division credits.


The upper-division special topics course (ANTH A490) or independent study courses (ANTH A397, ANTH A497) may be petitioned to satisfy ethnographic area or topical/theoretical course requirements, depending on course content.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division.

Honors in Anthropology

The award of honors in anthropology recognizes outstanding achievement by undergraduate majors in the study of anthropology. To be eligible for departmental honors, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Be a declared anthropology major.
  2. Satisfy all of the requirements for a BA or BS in Anthropology.
  3. Meet the requirements for Graduation with Honors.
  4. Earn a grade point average of 3.50 or above in courses specific to the anthropology major.
  5. Complete a senior thesis project (taken as ANTH A499), based on library, laboratory or field research resulting in a substantial, thesis-quality paper defended before the anthropology faculty. The course may be taken on a one-semester (3-credit) or two-semester (6-credit) basis.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology will be able to:

  • Explain current understandings about human beings and behavior including the evolution of humans, the nature of culture and cultural processes, the features of language and characteristics of linguistic use, the forms of biological diversity and the significant trajectories of change which have led to the current status of humanity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different scientific and theoretical approaches in anthropology, their epistemological and conceptual foundations, their strengths and limitations, and the types of topics, issues and problems they are designed to address.
  • Apply liberal educational skills, such as independent knowledge acquisition, problem identification, critical thinking, formation and evaluation of hypotheses, and organized and effective presentation of information, to anthropological materials demonstrated through various types of presentation including scientific and technical writing, effective public speaking and electronic media presentation.
  • Demonstrate ability to apply anthropological concepts and perspectives to understanding local social and cultural practices occurring outside the classroom in the community.