Please note: The Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education and in
Elementary Education, the Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Early Childhood
and in Elementary Education, the Graduate Certificate in Special Education
(K-12) initial licensure track, the Master of Arts in Teaching, and the
Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education initial licensure
track no longer hold specialized accreditation from the National Council
for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as of December 31, 2018.
The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications voluntarily withdrew from specialized accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).
Bachelor of Science in Anthropology
- Satisfy the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
- Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
- Complete the major requirements below.
Required Support Courses
|Complete one of the following courses:||3|
|Writing and the Sciences|
|Complete one of the following courses:||4|
|Applied Statistics for the Sciences|
|Probability and Statistics|
|Upper-Division Natural Sciences|
|Complete six upper-division credits in ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, LSIS or PHYS.||6|
Required Anthropology Courses
|Core Anthropology Courses|
|Complete the following courses:|
|ANTH A202||Cultural Anthropology||3|
|ANTH A205||Biological Anthropology||4|
|ANTH A210||Linguistic Anthropology||3|
|ANTH A410||Anthropological Theory||3|
|Complete the following course:|
|ANTH A390A||Arctic and Subarctic Cultures *||3|
|Complete one of the following courses:||3|
|World Cultures *|
|Comparative Culture Studies *|
|Complete six credits from at least two the following courses: **||6|
|Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology|
|Field Methods in Archaeology and Bioanthropology|
|Applied Ethics in Anthropology *|
|Analytical Techniques in Archaeology and Bioanthropology *|
|Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology|
|Topical/Theoretical Courses *|
|Complete six credits from at least two of the following courses: **||6|
|Culture and Human Biodiversity|
|Culture and Ecology|
|Culture and Health|
|Culture and Globalization|
|Health, Ritual and Science *|
|Historical Engagements *|
|Belief and Identity *|
|Topics in the Contemporary North *|
|Culture, Environment, Place *|
|Complete any additional 3 credits in anthropology.||3|
Specific topical emphasis for this course varies by offering. See catalog course descriptions for details.
Other upper-division special topics courses (ANTH A490) or independent study courses (ANTH A397 or ANTH A497) may be petitioned to satisfy methodological 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:
- Be a declared anthropology major.
- Satisfy all of the requirements for a BA or BS in Anthropology.
- Meet the requirements for Graduation with Honors.
- Earn a grade point average of 3.50 or above in courses specific to the anthropology major.
- 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
Anthropology is the study of human diversity on a cross-cultural basis, aimed at achieving both scientific and humanistic understandings of the human condition. Anthropology is comprised of four subfields: sociocultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and anthropological linguistics. The BA/BS degrees provide students with a solid general foundation in the discipline by emphasizing these four subfields in developing understanding of different cultures and peoples, especially those within Alaska and the Circumpolar North, as well as different anthropological methods and theories.
Students graduating with a B.A./B.S. in Anthropology will be able to:
- Describe current understandings about human behavior and language, cultural processes, the evolution of humans, biocultural diversity, and trajectories of cultural change.
- Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical approaches in anthropology, their foundations, and the issues they are designed to address.
- Explain ethical practice in anthropological research and issues encountered in the discipline.
- Exhibit proficiency in documenting, evaluating, and communicating anthropological information, including perspectives relevant to Alaska and the Circumpolar North.
- Apply anthropological methods and techniques to research questions and practical problems.