Majors and Minors

Anthropology and Archaeology Overall Program Details

The Department of Anthropology currently offers a variety of possible tracks for our majors including Anthropology and Archaeology. As you consider a major or minor, please keep in mind the following:

Also, check out a unique opportunity for a combined BA/MA track

Students interested in pursuing BA degrees in Anthropology or Archaeology or the Anthropology minor should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Heather Norton ( for information about these different programs.  Current students in these programs should also meet with Dr. Norton to discuss course scheduling and progress to degree completion.


Anthropology is the holistic study of humankind. Necessarily interdisciplinary, it draws from and contributes to scholarship in the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities to explore the origins, evolution, and range of biological and cultural diversity across time and space. From this perspective, it recognizes that relationships among human health, social organization, and the environment are increasingly complex and interconnected. For these reasons, anthropology provides a unique vantage on contemporary issues ranging from health disparities and the effects of globalization to sustainability and climate change.

Students graduating with a BA in Anthropology receive broad training in the four subfields of discipline:  sociocultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. This broad training will provide students with a unique perspective that enables them to pursue a wide range of career options. These opportunities include careers in the fields of cultural resource management, historic preservation, environment and natural resource management, museum curation, international development, social impact assessment, public health, human and social services, community development, and market research, to name a few. Other graduates elect to pursue MA and PhD degrees in order to prepare them for a career in research and teaching. 

Download the Anthropology Major Requirements Checklist


There are three tracks for students interested in majoring in archaeology:
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Social Complexity

Archaeology (Geoarchaeology)

The field of geoarchaeology focuses on understanding how ecological processes affect archaeological sites. Students who elect the BA program in Geoarchaeology receive extensive training in both archaeology and geology and take courses offered by the Anthropology and Geology departments. This training includes both a grounding in archaeological theory as well as instruction in methodologies common to the field. A core requirement of this program is the completion of an archaeological field school or archaeological internship, where students will gain valuable skills needed in their future careers. Students completing the Archaeology-Geoarchaeology BA program can expect to obtain jobs in the fields of cultural and natural resource management. Other graduates elect to pursue MA and PhD degrees in order to prepare them for a career in research and teaching.

Archaeology (Landscape Archaeology)

The field of landscape archaeology focuses on understanding the spatial consequences of how people construct and manipulate the environment around them  Students who elect the BA program in Archaeology-Landscape Archaeology  take courses offered by  the Anthropology and Geography  departments..  Students completing the Archaeology-Landscape Archaeology BA program can  expect to obtain jobs in the fields of cultural and natural resource management, planning, and risk analysis.  Other graduates elect to pursue MA and PhD degrees for careers in research and teaching.

Archaeology (Social Complexity)

The BA program in Archaeology-Social Complexity explores material evidence for institutional changes in human cultures and societies over time. This interdisciplinary program combines coursework in Anthropology, Architecture, Classics, History, and Judaic Studies to provide students with a thorough background in the development and trajectories of ancient civilizations from both the New and Old Worlds. Students completing the   Archaeology-Social Complexity BA program will be prepared for careers   cultural resource management, historic preservation, and museum curation. Other graduates elect to pursue MA and PhD degrees for careers in research and teaching.

Download the Archaeology BA Major Requirements Checklist (all tracks)

Anthropology Minor

Students can also complete a minor in Anthropology. The minor requires 18 credits of coursework. Students must complete 3 of the 4 Introductory courses as well as an additional 9 credit hours from anywhere in the Anthropology curriculum (3 of these credit hours must be at the 3000 level or above. Anthropology minors pair well with majors in Biology, Classics and Classical Civilization, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, History, Latin American studies, Sociology, Spanish, and Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

Download the Anthropology Minor Requirements Sheet

Departmental Honors

To acknowledge outstanding scholarly achievement in the undergraduate anthropology program, the department has established two levels of academic excellence.

Departmental Honors is conferred on those students whose anthropology GPA ranges between 3.33 and 3.67. High Departmental Honors is reserved for those students whose anthropology GPA exceeds 3.67.