Undergraduate Study in Anthropology

Anthropology Department Requirements for Majors

There are three options for completing a major in anthropology

Please Note: It is NOT possible to double major within the department by taking more than one degree option.  Students must choose between the BA and the BS.

 Anthropology Department Requirements for Minors

There are three options for completing a minor in anthropology:

  • Minor in Anthropology
  • Minor in Cultural Anthropology
  • Minor in Evolutionary Anthropology.

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Minor in Anthropology

This minor is designed for students who seek an overview of the discipline's four traditional subfields: cultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology and archaeology.

Total number of required credits: 20 credits.
 
Required courses include one introductory course in cultural or linguistic anthropology (01:070:101 or 108) and one in evolutionary anthropology (01:070:102 or 105). Of the remaining 12 credits, at least 6 must be at the 300 level or above. All courses applied to this minor must be completed with a grade of C or better.

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Minor in Cultural Anthropology

This minor is intended for students interested in an overview of the issues, modes of inquiry, fieldwork strategies, methods of data collection and analysis, and forms of ethnographic representation that characterize contemporary cultural anthropology. It is designed for students interested in current cultural and political issues, especially in understanding the relationship of global processes to local cultural forms and social inequalities. All courses applied to this minor must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Total number of required credits: 20 credits, of which 6 are at the 300 level or above.

INTRODUCTORY COURSES: both courses required - 8 credits
01:070:101  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
01:070:108  Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

GEOGRAPHIC AREA COURSES: one course required - 3 credits
01:070:223  Anthropology of Latin America
01:070:238  Anthropology of Europe
01:070:243  Anthropology of Africa
01:070:244  Anthropology of South Asia
01:070:246  Anthropology of Southeast Asia
01:070:248  Anthropology of China
01:070:250  Anthropology of the Contemporary United States
01:070:320  Diaspora, Race and Ethnicity in the United States
01:070:338  Culture, Wealth, and Power in Africa
01:070:379  Gender and Power in Africa
01:070:389  Ethnography of Gender in South Asia

ELECTIVE COURSES: three courses required - 9 credits
01:070:111  Extinction
01:070:216  Anthropology and Contemporary Issues
01:070:220  Food and Culture
01:070:222  Sexuality and Eroticism in Global Perspective
01:070:223  Anthropology of Latin America
01:070:225  Gender in Global Perspective
01:070:238  Anthropology of Europe
01:070:243  Anthropology of Africa
01:070:244  Anthropology of South Asia
01:070:246  Anthropology of Southeast Asia
01:070:248  Anthropology of China
01:070:250  Anthropology of the Contemporary United States
01:070:293  Topics in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology
01:070:301  Psychology and Culture
01:070:302  Culture and the Environment
01:070:303  Wealth and Culture
01:070:304  Political Anthropology
01:070:305  Anthropology of Development
01:070:307  Medical Anthropology
01:070:308  Anthropology of Religion
01:070:309  Visual Anthropology
01:070:311  History of Anthropology
01:070:312  Language and Social Diversity
01:070:317  Method and Analysis in Cultural Anthropology
01:070:318  Reading Ethnographic Writing
01:070:319  Anthropology and Human Rights
01:070:320  Diaspora, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States
01:070:323  Women Writing Culture
01:070:338  Culture, Wealth, and Power in Africa
01:070:365  Law, Justice and Rights in Bolivia
01:070:366 Research Practicum in Law, Justice and Rights in Bolivia
01:070:367  Anthropology Goes to the Movies
01:070:368  Anthropology of Mass Media
01:070:369  The Cultural Political of Nazism
01:070:371  Politics of Culture
01:070:372  Body Politics      
01:070:374  Localities and Global Systems
01:070:376  Power and Difference
01:070:378  Anthropology of Gender
01:070:379  Gender and Power in Africa
01:070:380  Culture, Memory, History
01:070:389  Ethnography of Gender in South Asia
01:070:401  Theories in Cultural Anthropology
01:070:406  Rights and Wrongs of Indigenous Peoples
01:070:410  Explanation in Anthropology
01:070:486  Gender, Development, Environment: Policies, Politics, Perspectives

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Minor in Evolutionary Anthropology

The Evolutionary Anthropology minor is for students interested in an overview of the diverse approaches and knowledge used by archaeologists, biological anthropologists, cultural anthropologists, paleoanthropologists, geoarchaeologists, and paleoecologists to understand the evolution of human form, physiology, behavior, culture, and ecology, including these aspects of non-human primates.

Total number of required credits: 20 credits.

Required courses include at least 20 credits, of which 6 are at the 300-level or above. All courses applied to this minor must be completed with a grade of C or better. No pass/fail courses will be accepted.

INTRODUCTORY COURSES: 102, 105, AND 204 or 212 – 11 credits
070:102  Introduction to Human Evolution (4)
070:105  Introduction to Archaeology (4)
070:204  Introduction to Social Evolution (3)
070:212  The Life of Primates (3)

ELECTIVE COURSES: 3 courses required – 9 credits, of which 6 are at the 300 level or above
01:070:111  Extinction
01:070:204  Introduction to Social Evolution
01:070:206  Survey of New World Prehistory
01:070:207  Survey of Old World Prehistory
01:070:208  Survey of Historical Archaeology
01:070:210  Approaches to Human Nature
01:070:212  The Life of Primates
01:070:213  Environment and Human Evolution
01:070:215  Survey of Fossil Primates
01:070:240  Introduction to Molecular Evolutionary Anthropology
01:070:294  Topics in Evolutionary Anthropology
01:070:310  Human Aggression
01:070:325  Evolution and Culture
01:070:326  Pleistocene Hominid Adaptations
01:070:327  Post-Pleistocene Hominid Adaptations
01:070:328  Evolution and Cooperation
01:070:330  Archaeology of Australia
01:070:332  North American Archaeology
01:070:333  Colonial Archaeology
01:070:334  Field Study in Archaeology
01:070:335  Analysis of Archaeological Data
01:070:336  Primatology, Wildlife Ecology, and Conservation in Kenya
01:070:337  Field Methods and Analysis in Primatology in Kenya
01:070:348  Primate Behavioral Ecology
01:070:349  Advanced Physical Anthropology
01:070:350  Primatology and Human Evolution
01:070:354  Functional and Developmental Anatomy of the Primate Skeleton
01:070:355  Laboratory in Skeletal Biology of Primates
01:070:356  Human Variation
01:070:358  Introduction to Human Osteology
01:070:359  Human Osteology Laboratory
01:070:361  Hunters and Gatherers
01:070:364  Sex Roles and Social Structure
01:070:390  Plio-Pleistocene Hominid Anatomy
01:070:391  Lithic Analysis in Archaeology
01:070:392  Faunal Analysis in Archaeology
01:070:393  Cultural Resource Management
01:070:394  Microstratigraphic Analysis in Archaeology
01:070:395  Quantification of Archaeological Data
01:070:397  Paleoanthropology
01:070:398  Field Research and Methods in Paleoanthropology
01:070:402  Theories in Physical Anthropology
01:070:404  Advanced Seminar in Archaeology
01:070:412  Topics in African Prehistory and Paleoanthropology
01:070:414  Topics in European Prehistory and Paleoanthropology
01:070:420  Evolutionary Genetics: Humans and Other Primates
01:070:426  South African Archaeology


Departmental Honors Program

Students with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade-point average and a 3.4 or better average in anthropology at the end of the junior year may apply for honors in the spring semester of their junior year or the first week of their senior year.  Candidates who are accepted spend two semesters during their senior year writing an honors paper under the supervision of a faculty member in anthropology (or another qualified faculty member recommended by the undergraduate director), and take an oral examination on the paper at the end of the senior year.  The faculty adviser and one other faculty member will decide the level of honors, if any, after completion of the oral defense.

To apply for the Honors Program, a student must first propose a topic to an appropriate faculty member.  The faculty member must agree to supervise the honors project by signing the “Honors in Anthropology” form, which can be found at www.anthro.rutgers.edu, by clicking “undergraduate program”/ “honors.”  The completed form is then submitted to the undergraduate director.

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