Students can study anthropology as a major (BA, Anthropology), a minor, or a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). Students are encouraged to download the Program Requirement Worksheet for Anthropology to track their progress. Specific courses, including electives, must be taken to satisfy the major or minor requirements. Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the chair of the program. Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill major or minor requirements.


Major in Anthropology (BA, Anthropology)

Completion of the major in Anthropology requires 13 courses, distributed as follows:

  • 4 Tier I Courses: one in each designation* (2000 level) plus one area of study or foreign language course (2000 or 3000 level). Total credits: 16
  • 6 Tier II Cluster Courses, one in each designation* (2000 or 3000 level) plus three Reading Anthropology, Writing Anthropology, or Doing Anthropology courses. Total credits: 24
  • 2 Tier III/LANT Electives (3000 or 4000 level). Total credits: 8
  • One of the following Tier IV Courses (4 credits):
    GANT (Graduate Anthropology Course)***
    Senior Thesis

Total credits: 52 

*The three designations are Reading Anthropology, Writing Anthropology, and Doing Anthropology.
**A foreign language course can be taken as one of the four required Additional/Upper Level LANT electives.
***Graduate courses must be approved by the chair in advance.

Minor in Anthropology

Undergraduate students from any school of the university can select a minor from Lang’s offerings. Similarly, Lang students who are not pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts can select a minor from those offered in other schools, provided they meet the prerequisites and related requirements. (Lang students pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts: See Self-Designed Major below.) Completion of the minor in Anthropology requires the completion of the following five (5) courses, distributed as follows:

  • 2 Tier I/Introductory Level Courses (2000 level), one each from two of the three departmental designations*. Total credits: 6
  • 3 Tier III/LANT Electives (3000 or 4000 level), ideally taken after completion of Tier 1 courses. Of these, at least two must be in different designations.* Total credits: 12

Total credits: 18

*The three designations are Reading Anthropology, Writing Anthropology, and Doing Anthropology.

Self-Designed Major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts)

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts cannot elect anthropology as an academic minor; however, they can pursue a deeper study in this subject area through the self-designed major. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more about the self-designed option at Lang.