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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology B.A./B.S.

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There are four major subfields of anthropology. Physical anthropology explores the origins of human life and the biological bases of culture. Archaeology examines the development of human cultures from prehistory and ancient civilizations to historic and modern times. Cultural anthropology studies human behavior by surveying the range and variety of cultural traditions throughout the world. Linguistic anthropology focuses on the languages and dialects of the world and the relationships of language to thought and culture. Some anthropology majors generalize, while others specialize in one or more of the subfields. To ensure breadth, our students will need to engage with our program’s three core subfields of anthropology: cultural, biological, and archaeology.

Entrance requirements for anthropology majors

Students interested in becoming anthropology majors should consult with faculty advisors. To be admitted as an anthropology major, a student must present evidence of having earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 based on a minimum of 12 credit hours earned at K-State. Pre-anthropology majors will be advised in the program.

Students transferring from other institutions with a GPA of 2.5 or higher will be accepted as majors when they have fulfilled the above requirements.

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, a student must fulfill program requirements and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on all anthropology course work undertaken at Kansas State University.

Bachelor’s degree requirements

In addition to the general BA or BS requirements, anthropology majors take a minimum of 34 hours in anthropology as follows:

Introduction to Cultural, Biological, Archaeology: (13 credit hours)

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 200/ANTH 204/ANTH 210), Introduction to Biological Anthropology (ANTH 280), and  Introduction to Archaeology (ANTH 260) are required, in addition to ANTH 301.

Anthropology electives (21 credit hours)

Majors must take electives in at least two of our three core subfields: cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology. Of the required 21 elective hours, at least 9 ANTH credits must be at, or above, the 500 level.

Students are strongly encouraged to include Anthropological Theory (ANTH 602), and at least one methods course:


Many anthropology students prepare for the variety of occupations concerned with human relations by combining anthropological study with other training, frequently by majoring in two fields. Each program of study is worked out individually by a student and his or her advisor. Interested students may obtain additional information from the Guide for Prospective Anthropology Majors, which is available from the anthropology program coordinator.

Total credit hours required for graduation: (120)

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