Undergraduate Course Requirements

Undergraduate Major: Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

The following are links to the U of A's Academic Catalog and have details regarding the courses that are required for the Anthropology major. Each student has a particular catalog, (usually the year that you enter the U of A). Your catalog year determines your graduation requirements.

Curriculum Guides
You can use the following curriculum guide to keep track of your academic progress. Please note that students are responsible for the general education requirements as well as the major and minor.

Writing Emphasis Courses
The University of Arizona requires that writing skills of all undergraduate students be assessed at mid-career. Additionally, the School of Anthropology requires that all undergraduate students complete at least one upper division Writing Emphasis course in Anthropology and pass it with a grade of "A" or "B". The Undergraduate Advising Office has current information about this requirement and opportunities for improving writing skills.

Writing Emphasis Courses for Anthropology Majors

  • Anthropology 303     Gender and Language       
  • Anthropology 305         Cultural Change
  • Anthropology 307         Ecological Anthropology
  • Anthropology 308         Family, Household and Society
  • Anthropology 311         Urban Adaptation of Ethnic Groups
  • Anthropology 313         Anthropology and Public Policy
  • Anthropology 315         World Ethnography
  • Anthropology 316         Political Economy of Language
  • Anthropology 329         Cultures and Societies of Africa
  • Anthropology 335         Archaeological Interpretation
  • Anthropology 364         Natural History of Our Closest Relatives
  • Anthropology 368         Methods in Biological Anthropology
  • Anthropology 374         Processes of Cultural Change
  • Anthropology 380         Global Agricultural and International Relations
  • Anthropology 400         Topics of Egyptology
  • Anthropology 406         Gender and Social Identity
  • Anthropology 409         Economic Anthropology
  • Anthropology 411         Anthropology of Religion
  • Anthropology 413         Ethnology of the Southwest
  • Anthropology 416         Contemporary Indian America
  • Anthropology 419         Psychological Anthropology
  • Anthropology 420         Archaic Greek Sanctuaries
  • Anthropology 422A       Pre-Hispanic Art
  • Anthropology 426         Archaeology of Africa
  • Anthropology 427A       The Prehistory of East Asia
  • Anthropology 427B       The Archaeology of Pre-Han China
  • Anthropology 430         Ancient Greek Technology
  • Anthropology 434         Reproduction, Politics and Household Economics
  • Anthropology 435         Principles of Archaeological Field Work
  • Anthropology 443A,B    Archaeology of Neolithic and Bronze Age Greece
  • Anthropology 444         Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • Anthropology 451A       Archaeology of North America: Eastern North America
  • Anthropology 452         Etruscan Art and Archaeology
  • Anthropology 453A,B    Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • Anthropology 456A,B    Old World Prehistory
  • Anthropology 460         History of Archaeological Theory
  • Anthropology 461         Greek Pottery 1200-400 B.C.
  • Anthropology 466         Paleoanthropology
  • Anthropology 476         Language in Culture
  • Anthropology 480         Historical Comparative Linguistics
  • Anthropology 488         Governing Science and Technology
  • Anthropology 490         Women in Middle Eastern Society
  • Anthropology 496H      Experimental Archaeology

The faculty in the School of Anthropology may change the list at any time. Students should contact the Advising Office for a current list of available options.

Honors Requirements
Students earn graduation with honors by completing the university-wide Honors College requirements of 30 units in honors credit including 6 units of ANTH 498H Honors Thesis. Please check the Honors College website for more information.

Minors offered by the U of A
In addition to your major in Anthropology, you will need a minor field. If the minor is offered for your catalog year, that minor is an option for you with the Anthropology major.

    Click here for a complete list of minors offered by the University of Arizona

In order to declare a minor in Anthropology, you must see Ann Samuelson, Academic Advisor, in the School of Anthropology Advising Office (Haury 210). The School of Anthropology requires 18 units of anthropology courses, of which 9 units must be upper division (300-400 level). Courses are selected with the assistance of an advisor and can focus on one or more sub-disciplines in the school. We encourage enrollment in at least one of our core courses as foundation for upper division study.

In addition to the minors approved by the Board of Regents, you can also create a "Thematic minor". Thematic minors concern one basic theme or area of interest but draw courses from at least two departments. Declaration of a thematic minor must be completed prior to filing for a senior degree check. The thematic minor requires approval by the Anthropology Advisor on a standard Thematic Minor form.

Double Majors
It is possible to combine two majors as part of a single Bachelor of Arts degree. The School of Anthropology allows students to use two courses at the upper division level (6 units) toward a second major with approval from that department, pending approval from the second major department.  Students who choose the double major option do not need a minor field. The core course requirements remain the same for the anthropology major when it is combined with a second major.

Interdisciplinary Studies Majors (IDS)
The school does not have special programs for IDS students; they are encouraged to develop their own course of study. However, our core courses (Anthropology 200, 235, 265, 276) are considered important. Please be certain that you have taken the lower division course in your selected subfield before going on to more advanced 300 and 400 level classes. A meeting with the School's Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Brackette Williams, is recommended to help you plan your program. Also, visit the Center for Exploratory Students website http://ces.arizona.edu/ for more information.