Anthropology Requirements

B.A. in Anthropology

Please Note: The Undergraduate Catalog contains the most up-to-date Anthropology Program Requirements.

A major in Anthropology consists of 30 credit hours of core and elective courses covering the following four areas:

Biological/Physical Anthropology

Biological/Physical Anthropology is the study of human origins, biological evolution and variation within the human species. Topics covered by Biological Anthropology include human anatomy, primate behavior, genetic variation, the fossil record, human diseases, and adaptation.


Archaeology involves the excavation, interpretation, and reconstruction of past human cultures and cultural evolution. Topics include the ancient beginnings of tool-making technology, the crucial inventions of food domestication, pottery, and metallurgy, as well as the development of urban life, and the migrations and contacts among past human groups.

Ethnology (Cultural Anthropology)

Ethnology involves the description and comparison of human cultures and the analysis of the operation and structure of human societies. Topics covered by Ethnology include subsistence technology, art, marriage and kinship patterns, child-raising techniques, gender roles, ritual, and authority and leadership styles.


Linguistics is the study of the structure and role of language in human communication, and the relationship between language and society. Topics covered by Linguistics include the description of speech articulation, semantic and grammatical structures, dialect variations, intercultural communication, language acquisition, multilingualism, and language planning.

Minor in Anthropology

A minor in Anthropology requires 18 credits and must be chosen from the following options:

  • Archeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Ethnology
  • General Anthropology

More information is available in the Anthropology section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Museum Studies Certificate

For Anthropology majors and minors with an interest in museum operations and curation, check out Fisher's Museum Studies Certificate as an excellent addition to your academic career!

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