Program Overview

Freshman student

A BA in Anthropology broadly introduces students to the traditional subfields of the discipline and covers a broad range of geographical places and peoples, historical time periods, human biological adaptations and changes to societies and cultural practices.

The major includes the focus areas of Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Physical Anthropology, together with a Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental focus area. Students declare specialization in one of these focus areas when they register for the major.

Focus Areas

Archaeology

Archaeology is a diverse discipline that employs a multitude of historical and scientific methods to study past societies through physical remains, or "material culture," with the goal of explaining development and change.  

Cultural Anthropology

Cultural anthropology is the study of shared and transmitted beliefs, behaviors and products within human societies. Studies in this subdiscipline are descriptive, historical and comparative. Students develop increased awareness and understanding of the remarkable similarities among all peoples, as well as the diversity and complexity of human communities across the globe, and the importance of their interrelationships in a globalized and connected world.

Physical Anthropology

Physical anthropology is the study of the origins, adaptations and evolution of our own species and of our primate relatives.

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental

Students studying in cultural or physical anthropology may choose the pre-medical/pre-dental focus area in preparation for application to professional schools of medicine and dentistry or graduate study in medical anthropology. The focus area involves a series of recommended courses that may be used to satisfy most regular departmental requirements.