Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Undergraduate Program


Anthropology - Bachelor of Arts

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor or Arts  degree in Anthropology.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Anthropology major is met by completing Anthropology 489.  That course is referenced in item 3. a. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following required major courses (30 credits):
    1. All of the following courses:
      ANP    201    Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
      ANP    203    Introduction to Archaeology (3)
      ANP    206    Introduction to Physical Anthropology (3)
      ANP    489    Anthropology Capstone Course (W) (3)
    2. One area course from Anthropology 410, 411, 414, 415, 416, 417, 419, 432, 433, 451, 452, 453, 455.
    3. One topical/analytical course from Anthropology 320, 321, 325, 330, 362, 363, 364, 370, 420, 422, 423, 425, 426, 428, 430, 431, 436, 439, 440, 441, 443, 461, 462.
    4. One anthropological methods course selected from Anthropology 429, 441, 463, and 464.
    5. Four additional Anthropology courses, at least three of which must be at the 300–400 level.  Anthropology 101 may not be used to meet this requirement.

 


Anthropology - Bachelor of Science

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Anthropology

  1. The University requirements for the bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology.

    The completion of Statistics and Probability 200, 201, or 421, referenced in item 3. g. below may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement or the Department of Anthropology NATURAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT, but not both.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Anthropology major is met by completing Anthropology 489. That course is referenced in item 3. a. below.
  2. The College of Social Science requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. 
  3. The following requirements for the major (30 credits):
    1. All of the following courses:
      ANP    201    Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
      ANP    203    Introduction to Archaeology (3)
      ANP    206    Introduction Physical Anthropology (3)
      ANP    489    Anthropology Capstone Course (W) (3)
    2. One area course from Anthropology 410, 411, 414, 415, 416, 417, 419, 432, 433, 451, 452, 453, 455.
    3. One topical/analytical course from Anthropology 320, 321, 325, 330, 362, 363, 364, 370, 420, 422, 423, 425, 426, 428, 430, 431, 436, 439, 440, 441, 443, 461, 462.
    4. One anthropological methods course selected from Anthropology 429, 441, 463, 464.
    5. Four additional Anthropology courses, at least three of which must be at the 300-400 level. Anthropology 101 may not be used to meet this requirement.
    6. Fifteen additional credits in courses offered by a department or program in the Colleg eof Natural Science, chosen from at least two of the following: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological Science, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Physics and Astronomy, Plant Biology, Physiology, Statistics and Probability, and Zoology. Relevant natural science courses offered through any other college may be taken with the approval of the student's academic advisor.
    7. One statistics and probability course selected from STT 200, 201, 421; or PSY 295.

Minor in Anthropology

The Minor in Anthropology, which is administered by the Department of Anthropology, provides a basic foundation for the breadth of study within the field of anthropology, and a grounding in general anthropological theory. Students obtain knowledge of at least one advanced topic in the field and command of the anthropological literature in at least one geographical area.

This minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree in Anthropology. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Anthropology.

Requirements for the Minor in Anthropology

Complete 18 credits in the Department of Anthropology from the following:

1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
ANP 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ANP 320 Social and Cultural Theory 3
2. The following course (3 credits):
ANP 206 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
3. One of the following courses (3 credits):
ANP 203 Introduction to Archaeology 3
ANP 363 Rise of Civilization 3
4. Complete 3 credits in an area course chosen from a list of approved courses available from the undergraduate advisor.
5. Complete 3 credits in a topics course chosen from a list of approved courses available from the undergraduate advisor.