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.
- Academic Program Requirement Reports (APRR) for all catalog years.
- Anthropology B.A.
- Anthropology B.S. in Human Biology
- Anthropology B.S. in Archaeological Science
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.
- ANTH B.A.: General Education Curriculum Guide
- ANTH B.A.: Major and Minor Requirements
- ANTH B.S. (both concentrations): General Education Curriculum Guide
- ANTH B.S. in Human Biology: Major and Minor Curriculum Guide
- ANTH B.S. in Archaeological Science: Major and Minor Curriculum Guide
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.
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.
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.
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.