Anthropology (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2019–Spring 2020 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Anthropology
Academic Plan Code(s): ANTHBA

Program Information

The Anthropology major at the University of Louisville includes 200-level and 300-level courses in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology; a Methods course in one sub-discipline; ANTH 475, which enables majors to apply Anthropology in real-world situations; and ANTH 508, the capstone course that provides a fundamental understanding of the ideas that underlie Anthropology.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department. 

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 168
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.


Accelerated BA/MA in Anthropology  

Undergraduate Anthropology majors who are already thinking about pursuing a master's degree in Anthropology can speed up the process by applying some of their undergraduate credit hours toward a Master of Arts degree. Students take three graduate-level courses/nine (9) credit hours (either 500-level with the additional graduate-level assignments or 600-level) while still an undergraduate and then have those credits apply both toward the undergraduate degree and an eventual master's degree from UofL. Students may pursue either the thesis or experiential (non-thesis) option within the MA Program.

Interested students should:

  1. Have a minimum overall Anthropology GPA of 3.3 and meet all other requirements for admission to the Anthropology Master of Arts program (including at least 18 credit hours of Anthropology with at least nine (9) hours at the 300 level or higher).
  2. Complete the Anthropology Department's internal application for permission to participate in the accelerated BA/MA program and the Graduate School's application for admission to the Master of Arts program. Students must apply by no later than the end of their junior year.

Students must retain a 3.0 GPA in Anthropology during their senior year to remain in the program. 

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in Anthropology requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website.


Accelerated BA/MA in Anthropology  

Students apply to the Accelerated BA/MA program toward the end of their junior year. Applicants should have completed at least 18 credit hours in Anthropology (ANTH) coursework, with at least nine (9) credit hours are the 300 level or higher. Students must have at least a 3.3 GPA in these and any other ANTH courses.

Students must first complete the internal application form requesting departmental permission to participate in the accelerated program. After obtaining the department's approval, the student applies for admission to the Graduate School; complete applications include:

  1. GRE scores
  2. Names of referees
  3. Unofficial transcript
  4. Statement of Purpose.

Upon admission to the accelerated program, students will select courses in consultation with their advisor and the Anthropology Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - D2, SB
Biological Anthropology - S
Principles of Biological Anthropology - B

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

 Program/Major Requirements

Department of Anthropology
ANTH 201Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - D2, SB3
ANTH 202Biological Anthropology - S3-4
or ANTH 207 Principles of Biological Anthropology - B
ANTH 204Archaeology - D2, SB3-4
or ANTH 206 Principles of Archaeology - B
ANTH 475Engaged Anthropology - CUE3
ANTH 508History of Anthropology - CUE, WR3
Methods (Select one of the following):3
Archaeological Theory and Methods - WR
Archaeology as Practice
Methods in Biological Anthropology - WR
Methods in Skeletal Forensics - WR
Ethnographic Methods - WR
Archaeology (select one of the following):3
Archaeology of Sacred Sites
Underwater Archaeology
Prehistoric Archaeology Europe - SBH
Emergence of Human Culture - SBH
Rise of Civilization
Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica
Archaeology of North America - SBH
African Archaeology
Environmental Archaeology
Zooarchaeology
Urban and Historic Archaeology
Special Topics in Archaeology
Field Methods in Archaeology
Lithic Technology
Ceramic Analysis
Archaeology as Practice
Zooarchaeology
Human Impacts on Past Environments
Lithic Technology
Ceramic Analysis
Biological Anthropology (select one of the following):3
Human Origins
Genes, Peoples and Evolution
Human Biological Variation
Darwin
Primates
Fundamentals of Skeletal Forensics
Medical Anthropology
Evolutionary Anthropology
Anthropology of Infectious Disease
Special Topics in Biological Anthropology
Skeletal Forensics
Nutritional Anthropology
Health and Civilization
Special Topics in Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology (select one of the following):3
Sex, Gender and Culture
Race, Culture, Identity
Studies in Enthnomusicology - D2, SB
Introduction to Japanese Society - D2, SB
The Anthropology of Europe - SB
Anthropology of China - D2, SB
African-American Cultural Traditions
Cultures of the Middle East
Indians of North America - D1, SBH
American Indian Women
Cultures of Africa - D2, SB
Iberian Anthropology
The Anthropology of Latin America - D2, SB
Anthropology of Religion
Ecology, Politics and Culture
Globalizing Inequalities - WR
Conflict, Law, and Culture
War and Society - WR
Nationalism, Violence, and the State
Anthropology of Refugees
The Anthropology of Space and Place
Human Rights
Museums, Culture and Nationhood
Language and Culture - AH, D1
Anthropology of Clothing
Sustainability: Anthropological Perspectives
Global Capitalisms
State & Empire
Modes of Consciousness
Food and Body Politic
Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Space, Place and Culture
Ecology, Politics and Culture
Food and Farm Movements in the Americas
Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology Electives9
Select three courses from any elective category above or from the following:
Special Topics in Anthropology
Cooperative Internship in Anthropology
Practicum in Anthropology Education
Readings and Research
Independent Study
Senior Honors Thesis
Anthropology of China
Animals and Humans
Anthropology of Water
Modes of Consiousness
Supporting Courses
Electives in the Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Humanities (other than Anthropology) 421
Minimum Electives 59-11
Minimum Total Hours68

 Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts Degree.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Engaged Anthropology - CUE
History of Anthropology - CUE, WR

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Qualitative Reasoning - QR 3
ANTH 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - D2, SB 3
General Elective 2
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Humanities Elective (not Anthropology) 3
ANTH 202
Biological Anthropology - S
or Principles of Biological Anthropology - B
3-4
 Hours16-17
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Foreign Language 1 4
ANTH 204
Archaeology - D2, SB
or Principles of Archaeology - B
3-4
General Elective 3
 Hours16-17
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
Foreign Language 2 4
Cultural Anthropology Course 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective 3
Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Humanities Elective (not Anthropology) 3
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
Foreign Language 3 4
Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Humanities Elective (not Anthropology) (300 level or above) 3
Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Humanities Elective (not Anthropology) (300 level or above) 3
Archaeology Course 3
ANTH 475 Engaged Anthropology - CUE 3
 Hours16
Spring
Foreign Language 4 (if needed to total 12 hours of foreign language) or General Elective 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Biological Anthropology Course 3
Anthropology Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Archaeological Theory and Methods - WR  
Methods in Biological Anthropology - WR  
Ethnographic Methods - WR  
Methods in Skeletal Forensics - WR  
Archaeology as Practice  
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Humanities Elective (not Anthropology) (300 level or above) 3
Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Humanities Elective (not Anthropology) (300 level or above) 3
Anthropology Elective (300 level or above) 3
ANTH 508 History of Anthropology - CUE, WR 3
 Hours15
Spring
Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Humanities Elective (not Anthropology) (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Anthropology Elective 3
 Hours12
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

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