The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Major Requirements (entered Fall 2018 or later)

Concentrations

The Anthropology Major coursework requirements are challenging but flexible; the major is designed to provide a strong foundation in anthropology while encouraging interdisciplinary studies. We offer four formal concentrations for you to specialize in and organize your coursework around

  1. Medical Anthropology and Global Health

  2. Evolutionary Anthropology

  3. Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

  4. Cultural Anthropology

  5. Individually Designed Focus

Requirements 

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Envisioning Your Future

The following is intended as a helpful guide, not a strict policy. 

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 foundation courses 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 within a chosen concentration. Continue to take courses that interest you. In particular, you may want to begin your Research Methods Sequence, take Core Concentration courses, and choose an option to meet your International/Intercultural Requirement (IRR).  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 world. Complete your Research Methods sequence. Take Core Concentration courses and/or IIR courses, and Junior Year Writing (Anthropology 364 Problems in Anthropology). Engage in a field school or a semester abroad. Participate in an internship or field school. Locate research opportunities.

You may also want to begin to think about and talk with your advisor and career services about planning for post-graduation—Job Opportunities? Graduate School? Service Work?

Year Four Prepare for graduation! 
Your final year! Finish up any requirements, including your Integrative Experience (IE) course. 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 continue to craft a post-graduation plan