Requirements and Progression

The Anthropology Major coursework requirements are challenging but flexible; the major is designed to provide a strong foundation in anthropology while encouraging interdisciplinary studies.

Anthropology Requirements

  • —36 Credits Total–30 of those credits  at 190 level or above
  • 364-—Junior Year Writing Class
  • 281 Methods in Anthropology

There is no mandatory sequence for meeting the above requirements; when and how to take the above requirements will vary depending on student interests, plan, and schedule.  However, students should meet with an anthropology advisor to ensure that requirements are being met in a timely and effective way. In addition, students should use the following as a general guide for developing their coursework and related academic and co-curricular activity.


Year One Explore the department! During your first year, you are encouraged to take your time. Get situated in the department. Attend anthro-club meetings and/or involve yourself in campus organizations. In the department, take introductory classes and maybe a topical course or two. If you have a clear idea of your academic and career goals, great! If not, that’s great too! But, you should begin to consider which areas of concentration you find the most appealing.

Year Two Find your focus! During your second year, ideally, you will develop your interests and goals in relation to a chosen concentration. Continue to take courses that interest you; in particular focus on topical courses at the 200 and 300 level. Reflect on how those courses connect and resonate with your interests. Begin to investigate potential internships, study abroad opportunities, field schools, and engaged programs.


Year Three Work towards your goals! Your third year is a time to hone your anthropological knowledge, develop your skills, and engage in the broader community and/or world. Take 300 level topical courses (and Anthro 364). Engage in a field school or a semester abroad. Participate in an internship or field school. Locate research opportunities.

Year Four Prepare for graduation! Your final year! Finish up any requirements. Be intentional and selective about your remaining courses. Engage in meaningful research and writing. Connect your work to the campus or community. Meet with career services and anthropology advisor to craft a post-graduation plan.