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Degree AwardedBA
Hours To Complete36
Courses Required12
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A Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology requires a minimum of twelve courses of at least 3 credits each

A. Introductory Courses (2 courses)

Students must take:

  • 202 Concepts and Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Students must choose one of the following courses:

  • 101 Introduction to Anthropology
  • 201 Concepts and Methods in Biological Anthropology
  • 204 Introduction to Archaeology

B. Foundational & Area Studies Courses (2 courses)

1. One foundational course that focuses on a theme or field of research:

  • ANT 200 / NBB 201 Foundations of Behavior
  • ANT 201* Concepts and Methods in Biological Anthropology
  • LING 201 / ANT 203 Foundations of Linguistics
  • ANT 204* Intro to Archaeology
  • HLTH 250 / ANT 205 Foundations of Global Health
  • ANT 207 / IDS 207 Foundation of Development Studies
  • ANT 210 Human Biology: Life Cycle Approach
  • ANT 230 Medical Anthropology
  • HLTH 210 / ANT 231 Predictive Health and Society
  • ANT 252 Fast Food/Slow Food
  • ANT 260 Psychological Anthropology
  • Other courses as designated by department

Note: *ANT 201 and 204 cannot be counted for both A and B

2. One course that focuses on a world ethnographic area:

  • 280 Anthropological Perspectives (Topics Vary)
  • ANT 258 / JS 258 Anthropology of the Jews
  • Other courses as designated by department

C. Concentrations for Anthropology BA Majors (4 courses)

The concentration requirement consists of four courses at or above the 200 level within the concentration. Courses taken to fulfill the foundational course requirement (B.1) or capstone (E)
may not count toward the concentration.

Each student must choose a concentration at the time of declaration. The concentration may be changed at a later time. Students may choose from among the following concentrations:

1. The Anthropology of Global Development, Health, and Sustainability
Areas of study include:

  • Political Economy and Development
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Sustainability
  • Food (In)security
  • Global Health
  • Inequality

2. The Anthropology of Power, Identity, and Social Justice

Areas of study include:

  • History, Narrative, and Politics
  • Power and Socioeconomic Inequalities
  • Race and Racism
  • Law, Power and Representation
  • Ethnic and Cultural Diversity
  • Gender and Sexuality

3. The Anthropology of Mind, Body, and Health

Areas of study include:

  • Psychological and Cognitive Anthropology
  • Nutritional Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Global Mental Health
  • Culture and Public Health
  • Anthropology and Neuroscience

4. The Anthropology of Meaning, Media, and Performance

Areas of study include:

  • Media and Communication
  • Visual Anthropology
  • Religion and Ritual
  • Identity and Representations
  • Language and Culture
  • Performance
  • Symbolic Anthropology

5. Individualized Concentration - Student will work with faculty advisor to design the course of
study. Possible areas of study include:

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • History and Anthropology
  • Selected themes made in consultation with advisor

Anthropology courses and courses cross-listed with Anthropology will be designated for credit within the appropriate concentrations.

D. Anthropology Electives (3 courses)

Any Anthropology course or course cross-listed with Anthropology may count as an elective toward the Anthropology BA degree, within the guidelines listed under “additional details” below.
Course offerings for each term may be found the Course Atlas.

E. Capstone Course: ANT 499

Seniors enrolled in the B.A degree program in Anthropology are required to enroll in and complete a 3-credit Capstone Course: ANT 499: Senior Seminar: Why Anthropology Matters. ANT 499 is intended to be an integrative experience and an opportunity to deepen students’ understanding of the field of Anthropology. While course assignments and readings will vary per instructor, ANT 499 will include reflections on the field, practice, and ethics of anthropology as well as on diverse approaches to doing, writing, and representing anthropological research. Students must have completed ANT 202: Concepts and Methods in Cultural Anthropology and achieved senior status prior to enrolling in ANT 499.

ANT 499 will be offered once per year, either in the fall, or the spring.

Students successfully completing the Honor’s Program may substitute their thesis credits for the Capstone Course requirement.

Additional details

  • Only one course at the 100-level may be used to satisfy requirements.
  • A maximum combined total of 8 credit hours of ANT 397R (Directed Readings) ANT 495 (Honors)
    and ANT 497R (Directed Research) may be applied toward the major.
  • No courses taken using the S/U option may be applied toward the major.
  • Students are encouraged to study abroad. Up to 4 courses taken off the Emory campus (i.e. study abroad or transfer courses) may be approved to count toward major requirements. Courses must be at least 3 credits each and be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • A maximum of two courses may double-count for both the Anthropology BA and another major
    or minor.

Note: Petitions for course substitutions and exceptions will be considered by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, who may seek the advice of the Undergraduate Concerns Committee as needed.