Anthropology Major

Description: A program that focuses on the systematic study of human beings, their antecedents and related primates, and their cultural behavior and institutions, in comparative perspective. Includes instruction in biological/physical anthropology, primatology, human paleontology and prehistoric archeology, hominid evolution, anthropological linguistics, ethnography, ethnology, ethnohistory, socio-cultural anthropology, psychological anthropology, research methods, and applications to areas such as medicine, forensic pathology, museum studies, and international affairs. Is Anthropology the right major for you?
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Anthropology Major

What Kinds of Students Major in Anthropology?

Anthropology majors have a variety of personal characteristics including: inquisitiveness, social self-confidence, idealism, adventurousness, enthusiasm, and persuasiveness. They are analytical and observant. This student may like to make decisions, participate in meetings, and explore new ideas. An interest in people and their behaviors is essential.

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What Courses Do Anthropology Majors Take?

The required and elective courses you would take for Anthropology majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • Biology
  • Evolution
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Ethnicity and Identity
  • Gender Experiences
  • Human Behavioral
  • Legal Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Peoples and Cultures of Africa
  • Power and Society in the Middle East
  • Southeast Asia: Tradition and Development
  • Turkey & Middle East Perspective
  • Urban Anthropology
  • Women and Men: Cultural Expectations
  • World Politics - Hinduism and Globalization

Specializations In This Major

Various specializations related to a major in Anthropology may be offered by colleges and universities. These specializations may be of greater or lesser interest to you. A few of these specializations related to this field include, but are not limited to: