Anthropology Major (B.A.)

The general anthropology major, for which a B.A. degree is awarded, prepares students for advanced work that can lead to college teaching, museum work, and/or research, as well as careers in non-academic settings. For students interested in a strong liberal arts background, the general major is an excellent program which can be adapted to varied professional and career goals. Internship opportunities provide students with hands-on work experience. Students can major in Anthropology with Elementary Education Certification and then be qualified to teach grades K-6 in New Jersey Public Schools.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements35
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements40
Free Electives 142-39
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Required Courses
ANTH 100Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 101Physical Anthropology4
ANTH 102Linguistic Anthropology3
ANTH 103Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH 200Key Issues in Anthropology3
ANTH 301Methods in Anthropological Research and Practice3
ANTH 401Seminar in Anthropological Theory3
Major Electives
200-Level Elective
Select one of the following:3
Applied Anthropology
Disability in US Popular Culture
Urban Anthropology
Historical Archaeology
Theory and Methods Electives
Select 15 credits from the list below.15
Total Credits40

Theory and Methods Electives

ANTH 310Immigration: An Anthropological Perspective3
ANTH 320Caribbean Archaeology3
ANTH 325North American Archaeology3
ANTH 330The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition3
ANTH 335Bioarchaeology3
ANTH 340The Anthropology of Work3
ANTH 350Anthropology of Aging and the Aged3
ANTH 360Environmental Anthropology3
ANTH 370Experimental Archaeology3
ANTH 380Anthropology: Gender and Sexuality3
ANTH 390Anthropology of Childhood and Youth3
ANTH 404Planetary Health3
ANTH 410Public Archaeology3
ANTH 414Special Topics in Anthropology3-6
ANTH 421Communities in Transition3-4
ANTH 422Environment and Community3-4
ANTH 423Community and Health3-4
ANTH 429Building Sustainable Communities3-4
ANTH 430Analyzing Ethnographic Discourse and Interaction3
ANTH 440Medical Anthropology3
ANTH 460Field Methods: Visual Anthropology3

Suggested Free Electives

Plus Optional Theory and Methods Electives Credits

Up to, but not more than 3 credits of the following courses may be applied to the Theory and Methods Electives requirements.

ANTH 470Archaeological Field Methods1-6
ANTH 480Independent Research in Anthropology3-6
ANTH 490Internship in Anthropology3-6

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Physical Anthropology (Fulfilled in the major.)
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives
Cultural Anthropology (Fulfilled in the major.)
3. Social Science Perspectives 13
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits35

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
Cultural Anthropology (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
World Language 1 3
ANTH 100 Cultural Anthropology 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics 3
World Language 2 3
ANTH 101 Physical Anthropology 4
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
ANTH 102 Linguistic Anthropology 3
ANTH 103 Introduction to Archaeology 3
ANTH 200 Key Issues in Anthropology 3
Free Elective 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
200-Level ANTH Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
ANTH 301 Methods in Anthropological Research and Practice 3
ANTH Methods/Theory Elective 1 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
ANTH Methods/Theory Elective 2 3
ANTH Methods/Theory Elective 3 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
ANTH Methods/Theory Elective 4 3
ANTH Methods/Theory Elective 5 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
ANTH 401 Seminar in Anthropological Theory 3
ANTH 490 Internship in Anthropology (or Free Elective) 3
ANTH 490 Internship in Anthropology (or Free Elective) 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Credits120