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Anthropology Major for Undergraduates

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Undergraduate Program Director: 2014-2015

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, email:
office: 211 Machmer Hall. phone: (413) 577-0932 (Sabbatical Fall 2014)

Lynnette Leidy Sievert, email:
office: 105 Machmer Hall, phone: (413) 545-1379

Chief Undergraduate Advisor:
Milena Marchesi, email:

Students majoring in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst receive a Bachelor of Arts degree when they graduate. In order to graduate, a student must complete the requirements of the University, of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and of the Department of Anthropology. The varied course offerings within the Department can be combined in different ways or different purposes purposes to complete the B.A. degree. To make sure that combination of courses that you select will help you reach your goals, it is important that you work closely with you faculty advisor throughout your college career.

Follow the 5 steps to become a major in Anthropology:

  • Complete a minimum of 36 credits in anthropology major. (Either Anth 104 or Ant 106 can be counted toward the major but not both).
  • At least 30 credits must be at the 200-level or above.
  • Majors must complete at least one course in each of three (out of four) subfields at the 300 level or above in Anthropology (i.e.cultural, linguistic, physical, archaeological).
  • Majors must complete a hands-on course or project, e.g. an internship, senior honors thesis, or independent study project, a study abroad experience in a non-English speaking country or completion of a "doing" course.
    Here are some of the "doing" courses the department currently offers:
    • 320: Skeletal Analysis
    • 490: Connecticut Valley Research
    • 325: Analysis of Material Culture
    • 367: Archaeological Survey Methods
    • 515: Primate Anatomy
    • 397: Grassroots Community. Development
    • 577: Summer Field School in Archaeology
    • 479: Cult. Dynamics & Applied Anthropology
    • 680: Field Course in European Anthropology
  • Majors must complete two required courses 364:"Problems in Anthropology I" combines work in anthropological theory and a writing component that meets the University Junior Year Writing requirement, and 281: "Research Methods in Anthropology" which combines work on research design and statistical analysis. This course also meets the R2 (analytical reasoning) General Education requirement.


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