Anthropology Major - Bachelor of Arts
At this time of increasing globalization, anthropology provides students with a broad overview of diverse peoples and cultures. Majors are therefore well prepared to live in a rapidly changing world. The major both prepares students for graduate-level studies and serves as a foundation for a wide range of careers. With backgrounds in anthropology, our students become teachers, social workers, public policy experts, forensic investigators, health practitioners, primatologists, international business executives, and community and economic development specialists, as well as pursuing various other careers.
These requirements apply to students admitted to UNH in the Fall of 2010 to the present. If you entered the University in an earlier semester, please see the links at the bottom of the page.
Majors must complete a minimum of 40 credits with grades of C or better in each course, and must also maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.0.
Students who declare a major in anthropology are expected to make steady progress towards fulfillment of major requirements. Normally, this means taking at least one anthropology course a semester until all of the requirements have been met. A student who has fulfilled most of the major requirements may request an exception to this policy from their advisor. The program, and the approximate order of progress, is outlined below.
Ten courses (40 credits)
ANTH 411, Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: An Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 412, Broken Pots and Buried Cities: Adventures in Archaeology
ANTH 415, The Human Story: Evolution, Fossils, and DNA
ANTH 500, Peoples and Cultures of the World
ANTH 501, World Archaeological Cultures
|Required||ANTH 511, Core Concepts in Anthropology||4|
of the following
ANTH 513, Ethnographic Methods
ANTH 514, Method and Theory in Archaeology
|Required||ANTH 611, History of Anthropological Theory||4|
|One course numbered 500-level or above||4|
|Three additional courses numbered 600-level or above*||12|
(Discovery Program Capstone)
|ANTH 700-level seminar course||4|
*For ANTH 699: Senior Thesis, ANTH 699H: Honors Senior Thesis, and ANTH 675: Archaeology Summer Field School in Belize, these courses, while 8 credits, count only as one ANTH 600-level course requirement.
*The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing one 700-level course (seminar format). Seminar courses include ANTH 705, 730, 740, 750, 770, 785, and 797. Other courses, internships, or experiences may be substituted with the permission of the student's advisor and department chair.
- Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.
- Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.
- American Sign Language may not be applied toward the foreign language requirement.
- Honors-in-major and senior thesis options are available.
- Students wishing to major in anthropology should consult with the anthropology chairperson.
The Department of Anthropology offers students the option of completing a senior thesis. The senior thesis is not a task to be undertaken lightly. Generally, the thesis option is for those students who in the course of their undergraduate careers have developed a deep and sustained interest in a particular topic of anthropological interest. A thesis topic may be developed independently by the student or it may be linked to the on-going research project of a faculty member. It is assumed that a student undertaking a thesis already possesses a level of competence and independence well beyond that required for the completion of established courses. Of special importance is a student's ability to independently conduct library research in order to establish what has previously been written regarding their topic. It is also assumed that the student has given careful thought to choosing a thesis advisor based on knowledge of the areas of expertise and interest possessed by members of the faculty in the Department of Anthropology. Senior Thesis Planning should begin in the Junior Year.