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Concentration Options

Anthropology Concentration Options

Each anthropology major must complete at least one of four three-course (9-hour) concentrations in Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, and/or Cultural Resource Management, each concentration having its own required courses. Students who complete two or more concentrations are not required to complete elective courses in the major.

 

Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology is the study of present-day human cultures anywhere in the world. Cultural anthropologists use participant observation, interviewing, photography, videography, questionnaires, archival research, and other methods to document, describe, and explain human culture, including technology, subsistence, settlement, exchange, ethnicity, kinship, social organization, cosmology, religion, art, health care, and culture contact.

Cultural Anthropology Concentration Requirements: One area course selected from: ANTH 340, 342, 345, 350 and 378; one topics course selected from ANTH 343, 382, 400, 410, 442, 446 448 and 499; one additional area or topics course.

 

Biological Anthropology

Biological Anthropology is the study of humans as biological organisms on the molecular, individual, population, and species levels. Biological anthropologists study a variety of topics, including non-human primates, human origins and evolution, modern human biological variation, demography, health and disease, growth and development, diet and nutrition, and forensic anthropology.

Biological Anthropology Concentration Requirements: ANTH 300, 305, 450.

 

Archaeology

Archaeology is the study of past human cultures anywhere in the world based on their material remains. Historic archaeologists are interested in past cultures with written documents, while prehistorians study past cultures lacking written documents. Other specializations in archaeology are Classical archaeology, Biblical archaeology, underwater archaeology, and industrial archaeology.

Archaeology Concentration Requirements: One course selected from ANTH 335 or 336; at least three hours in ANTH 432; ANTH 438.

 

Cultural Resource Management

Cultural Resource Management involves the identification, assessment, documentation, management, preservation, and interpretation of cultural resources important to our human heritage. Cultural resources include archaeological sites, shipwrecks, cemeteries and burial grounds, standing structures, historic districts, historic landscapes, traditional crafts, traditional cultural practices, and museum collections. Cultural resource managers work for government agencies, private preservation firms, public historic organizations, private foundations, museums, and interpretive sites.

CRM Concentration Requirements: ANTH 436; two courses selected from ANTH 434, 470, and 493, FLK 434, 445, 446, and 464.

 Last Modified 2/23/14