KU Anthropology: Undergraduate Programs

First- and Second-Year Preparation

To complete the requirements for the degree in four years, the department recommends the following:

  1. Prospective majors should have completed all general education and language requirements no later than the end of the fall semester of the junior year.
  2. Prospective majors should meet with the undergraduate advisor upon declaration of the major
    1. to assess their progress toward completing the degree in 4 years, and
    2. to develop a plan for their course work in their remaining semesters.
  3. Prospective majors are advised to take required Anthropology Core Knowledge and Skill courses before the junior year.

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 should select courses listed in part 2 in consultation with faculty advisors.

Anthropology Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:

  • Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology. Satisfied by ANTH 104, ANTH 105, or ANTH 304.
  • Introduction to Linguistics or Language in Culture & Society. Satisfied by ANTH 106, ANTH 107, ANTH 320, or ANTH 321.
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or the Varieties of Human Experience. Satisfied by ANTH 108, ANTH 109, ANTH 308, ANTH 160, ANTH 162, or ANTH 360.
  • Introduction to Archaeology. Satisfied by ANTH 110, ANTH 111, or ANTH 310.

Majors should complete two of the above courses at the 300 level.

Anthropology Capstone

Majors who entered KU in Fall 2014 and after must complete the capstone course. It is highly recommended to take this course as soon as you have completed all four (4) introductory courses above and two (2) additional upper-level anthropology courses.

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 must complete a course in the following areas. Majors should consult with their academic advisor to select courses that best meet their interests.

  • Archaeology. Satisfied by completing at least one course in archaeology from ANTH 313-319, 406-419, 500, 504-526, 604-619.

    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. Satisfied by completing at least one course in biological anthropology: ANTH 340-359, 440-459, 503, 540-559, 640-659.

    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. Satisfied by completing at least one course in sociocultural or linguistic anthropology that does not have a specific geographical focus from: ANTH 301, ANTH 322-339, ANTH 361-395, ANTH 420-439, ANTH 460-495, ANTH 501-502, ANT 527-539, ANT 560-595, ANTH 620-639, ANTH 660-695.

    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
    ANTH 696 - Language, Culture and Ethnicity in Prehistoric Eastern Europe
     
  • Geographic Area. Satisfied by completing at least one course in any sub-discipline of anthropology that focuses on a specific geographic area.

    ANTH 303 - Peoples and Cultures of North Africa and the Middle East
    ANTH 317 - Prehistory of Europe
    ANTH 318 - Prehistory of Kansas
    ANTH 362 - Peoples of Southeast Asia
    ANTH 363 - Gendered Modernity in East Asia
    ANTH 364 - Peoples of Japan and Korea
    ANTH 365 - Japanese People through Film
    ANTH 366 - The Life Cycle in Japanese Culture and Literature
    ANTH 368 - The Peoples of China
    ANTH 370 - Peoples and Cultures of the Pacific
    ANTH 372 - Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies
    ANTH 376 - North American Indians
    ANTH 378 - Contemporary North American Indians
    ANTH 379 - Indigenous Traditions of Latin America
    ANTH 380 - Peoples of South America
    ANTH 382 - People and the Rain Forest
    ANTH 504 - North American Archaeology
    ANTH 505 - Prehistory of Eastern North America
    ANTH 506 - Ancient American Civilizations: Mesoamerica
    ANTH 507 - The Ancient Maya SW
    ANTH 508 - Ancient American Civilizations: The Central Andes NW/S/W
    ANTH 510 - An Introduction to Southwestern Archaeology NW/S
    ANTH 512 - Ethnohistory: ____
    ANTH 514 - The Near East in Prehistory
    ANTH 544 - Physical Anthropology of Native Americans
    ANTH 545 - Contemporary Health Issues in Africa
    ANTH 562 - Mexamerica
    ANTH 563 - Cultural Diversity in the United States
    ANTH 564 - The Peoples of Africa
    ANTH 565 - Popular Images in Japanese Culture, Literatures, and Films
    ANTH 567 - Japanese Ghosts and Demons
    ANTH 568 - Kongo Trans-Atlantic
    ANTH 665 - Women, Health, and Healing in Latin America
    ANTH 670 - Contemporary American Culture
    ANTH 671 - The Culture of Consumption: ____(e.g. United States and Japan)
    ANTH 672 - Meat and Drink in America
    ANTH 696 - Language, Culture and Ethnicity in Prehistoric Eastern Europe
    ANTH 707 - Responsible Research and Scholarship in Anthropology
    ANTH 715 - Seminar in Plains Archaeology
    ANTH 718 - Seminar in Latin American Archaeology: ____
    ANTH 720 - Seminar in Old World Prehistory: ____
    ANTH 736 - Linguistic Analysis
    ANTH 740 - Linguistic Data Processing
    ANTH 741 - Field Methods in Linguistic Description
    ANTH 747 - North American Indian Languages
    ANTH 748 - Language Contact
    ANTH 749 - Linguistics and Ethnolinguistics of China and Central Asia
    ANTH 786 - Ethnographic Documentary Production
    ANTH 788 - Symbol Systems
    ANTH 789 - Anthropology of Gender
    ANTH 794 - Material Culture
    ANTH 747 - North American Indian Languages
    ANTH 749 - Linguistics and Ethnolinguistics of China and Central Asia
    ANTH 785 - Topics in Ethnology: ____
     
  • Junior/Senior Elective. Satisfied by completing at least one junior/senior (300+) elective course in any anthropology sub-discipline that is not an introductory course listed above in Anthropology Core Knowledge and Skills, except for ANTH 320 or ANTH 321.

Students considering graduate school should take at least 2 courses beyond major requirements. These should be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.


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 27 hours of major courses.
  • 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.

Graduation Plan

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.


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