First- and Second-Year Preparation
To complete the requirements for the degree in four years, the department recommends the following:
- Prospective majors should have completed all general education and language requirements no later than the end of the fall semester of their junior year.
- Prospective majors should meet with the undergraduate advisor upon declaration of the major
- to assess their progress toward completing the degree in 4 years, and
- to develop a plan for their course work in their remaining semesters.
- Prospective majors are advised to meet with their Anthropology faculty member or other faculty advisor before selecting a concentration or enrolling in electives.
Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major
A minimum of 30 hours is required. The major offers a systematic introduction to each of the subdisciplines along with advanced training in specific areas. These normally are taken before moving on to upper-level courses. Students may select up to six hours outside of Anthropology to count toward the major's electives.
Anthropology Core Knowledge and Skills
Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:
- Becoming Human. Satisfied by ANTH 150, ANTH 151, or ANTH 309.
- Varieties of Human Experience. Satisfied by ANTH 160, ANTH 162, or ANTH 360.
- Fundamentals of Anthropology. Satisfied by ANTH 308, ANTH 310, or ANTH 340.
- Methods in Anthropology. Satisfied by ANTH 406, ANTH 449 or ANTH 462.
Majors who entered KU in Fall 2019 and after must complete the capstone course. It is highly recommended to take this course as soon as you have completed courses in all four required areas above.
ANTH 401. Integrating Anthropology. 3 Hours.
Capstone course that integrates the primary fields of anthropology. Students apply concepts and approaches from each field to a particular topic in preparation for and presentation of a cross-disciplinary and integrative final project.
Anthropology Subdiscipline Required Electives
Majors who wish to complete a concentration in the following subdisciplines should consult with their academic advisor and faculty mentor to select electives that best meet their interests.
- Archaeology Electives.
ANTH 313 - New Discoveries in Archaeology
ANTH 315 - The Prehistory of Art
ANTH 317 - Prehistory of Europe
ANTH 318 - Prehistory of Kansas
ANTH 406 - Laboratory Techniques in Archaeology
ANTH 410 - Archaeological Myths and Realities
ANTH 415 - Rise of Civilization
ANTH 418 - Summer Archaeological Fieldwork
ANTH 419 - Training in Archaeological Fieldwork
ANTH 500 - Topics in Archaeology: ____
ANTH 504 - North American Archaeology
ANTH 505 - Prehistory of Eastern North America
ANTH 506 - Ancient American Civilizations: Mesoamerica
ANTH 507 - The Ancient Maya
ANTH 508 - Ancient American Civilizations: The Central Andes
ANTH 510 - An Introduction to Southwestern Archaeology
ANTH 512 - Ethnohistory: ____
ANTH 514 - The Near East in Prehistory
ANTH 515 - Topics in Old World Prehistory
ANTH 516 - Hunters and Gatherers
ANTH 517 - Geoarchaeology
ANTH 518 - Environment and Archaeology
ANTH 519 - Lithic Technology
ANTH 520 - Archaeological Ceramics
ANTH 521 - Zooarchaeology
ANTH 522 - Paleoethnobotany
ANTH 523 - Great Plains Archaeology
ANTH 605 - Mortuary Practices in the Archaeological Record
ANTH 619 - Field Concepts and Methods in Geoarchaelogy
ANTH 705 - Technological Change
ANTH 710 - History of American Archaeology
ANTH 715 - Seminar in Plains Archaeology
ANTH 718 - Seminar in Latin American Archaeology: ____
ANTH 720 - Seminar in Old World Prehistory: ____
ANTH 799 - Anthropology Museum Apprenticeship
- Biological Anthropology Electives.
ANTH 340 - Human Variation and Evolution
ANTH 341 - Human Evolution
ANTH 350 - Human Adaptation
ANTH 352 - Controversies of the Living and the Dead
ANTH 358 - Anthropology of Sex, Honors
ANTH 359 - Anthropology of Sex
ANTH 440 - Introduction to Primates
ANTH 442 - Anthropological Genetics
ANTH 445 - Topics in Biological Anthropology: ____
ANTH 447 - Human Behavioral Genetics
ANTH 449 - Laboratory/Field Work in Human biology
ANTH 450 - Disease and Adaptation
ANTH 503 - Topics in Biological Anthropology: ____
ANTH 540 - Demographic Anthropology
ANTH 542 - Biology of Human Nutrition
ANTH 543 - Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
ANTH 544 - Physical Anthropology of American Indians
ANTH 545 - Contemporary Health Issues in Africa
ANTH 549 - Human Paleontology: Fossil Apes to Australopithecus
ANTH 550 - Human Paleontology: Homo Erectus to Homo Sapiens
ANTH 648 - Human Osteology
ANTH 650 - Human Reproduction: Biology and Behavior
ANTH 652 - Population Dynamics
ANTH 750 - Disease and Adaptation
ANTH 754 - Biological Bases of Human Behavior
ANTH 756 - Genetics of Isolates
ANTH 762 - Human Growth and Development
ANTH 764 - Selected Topics in Human Paleontology
ANTH 766 - Topics in Biological Anthropology: ____
ANTH 769 - Seminar in Primate Studies
ANTH 770 - Research Methods in Physical Anthropology
- Sociocultural Anthropology Electives.
ANTH 301 - Anthropology Through Film
ANTH 320 - Language in Culture and Society
ANTH 321 - Language in Culture and Society, Honors
ANTH 361 - The Third World: Anthropological Approaches
ANTH 389 - The Anthropology of Gender: Female, Male, and Beyond
ANTH 430 - Linguistics in Anthropology
ANTH 460 - Theory in Anthropology
ANTH 461 - Introduction to Medical Anthropology
ANTH 465 - Genocide and Ethnocide
ANTH 474 - Applied Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 480 - Technology and Society in the Contemporary World
ANTH 482 - Psychological Anthropology
ANTH 484 - Magic, Science, and Religion
ANTH 498 - Seminar in Technology
ANTH 501 - Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology: ____
ANTH 502 - Topics in Anthropological Linguistics: ____
ANTH 545 - Contemporary Health Issues in Africa
ANTH 560 - Introduction to Economic Anthropology
ANTH 570 - Anthropology of Violence
ANTH 571 - Violence, Aggression, and Terrorism in the Modern World
ANTH 580 - Feminism and Anthropology
ANTH 582 - Ethnobotany
ANTH 583 - Love, Sex, and Globalization
ANTH 586 - Visual Anthropology
ANTH 595 - The Colonial Experience
ANTH 603 - Shamanism Past and Present
ANTH 660 - Human Reproduction: Culture, Power, and Politics
ANTH 661 - Cultural Dynamics
ANTH 663 - The Anthropology of Islam
ANTH 664 - Women, Health, and Healing in Africa
ANTH 665 - Women, Health, and Healing in Latin America
ANTH 666 - Anthropology of Religion
ANTH 667 - Primitive Mythology
ANTH 673 - Neoliberalism and Globalization
ANTH 674 - Political Anthropology
ANTH 675 - Anthropology of Law
ANTH 676 - Culture Wars
ANTH 680 - Culture and Human Biology
ANTH 684 - Anthropology and the Health Sciences
ANTH 690 - The Social Construction of the Self
ANTH 695 - Cultural Ecology
- Students considering graduate school should take at least 2 courses beyond major requirements. These should be selected in consultation with a faculty mentor.
Anthropology Major Hours & Major GPA
While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:
- Major Hours: Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses of which 6 may be outside Anthropology.
- Major Hours in Residence: Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours of KU resident credit in the major.
- Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours: Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.
- Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA: Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.
With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Visit the KU Academic Catalog sample 4-year plan for anthropology.