Major and Minor


Though Anthropology is a broad and ambitious discipline, the anthropology major offers flexibility, room, and support for you to pursue your goals. The major is designed to provide a foundation from which you can build a meaningful course of study within the Anthropology Department and as part of a broader, interdisciplinary education. Click here for more details about the anthropology major requirements and progression. 

Becoming a Major

There are no requirements for becoming an anthropology major. Students can enroll in the major at anytime by meeting with an advisor. To make an advising appointment, please visit our Advising page.

Concentrations: Pathways Through the Major

To help organize your anthropological interests as they develop, coursework in the major can be understood in relation to a number of areas or concentrations. These concentrations reflect faculty research and are intended to integrate two or more of the traditional subfields of anthropology: biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics.

We advocate an expansive approach in which courses within a pathway will complement each other and expose students to different subfields.

The list of courses in each concentration may change some according to the expertise of our faculty and new courses we create. Approach each list as a guide and talk with our Chief Undergraduate Advisor about how you can combine courses in a way that fits your interests and possible career path.  

Students may also opt for the anthropology minor, which should reflect a focused area of study.  Anthropology minor enables you to gain preparation and grounding in some particular facet of the discipline without fulfilling the full range of requirements of the major. Click here for more information.