Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

The cultural anthropology major and minor offer a holistic understanding of human diversity.  By exploring, analyzing, and understanding patterns of beliefs, values, behaviors, shared histories, language, visual representations and material realities, cultural anthropology focuses on what it means to be human.  Our courses address relevant concerns such as food and nutrition; urban, rural, and global adaptive strategies; environmental sustainability; and economic development. Through its comparative and engaged field research methods, cultural anthropology recognizes culture as the primary means by which humans engage in social and environmental interactions to define meaningful and purposeful lives.  Cultural anthropology complements well all other undergraduate majors.    

Top 3 skills learned:

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Qualitative research methods
  3. Partnership & collaboration with community


The "A-Ha" Moment for students: Usually this happens toward the end of the Introduction to Anthropology course, when you realize that anthropology opens doors to new ways of looking at relevant problems in our world. It give you a big picture approach that liberates you from assumptions that there only a few answers to life's enduring questions. Ethnographic research helps you recognize your own humanity as a common condition and grow your hearts to care more deeply for others. Knowledge of differences can be empowering.

Bachelor of Arts, Cultural Anthropology

Major: Cultural Anthropology, 36 credits

Application process:  Majors are declared through the College of Arts and Sciences. To be accepted with a major in Cultural Anthropology, you must take an Introduction to Anthropology earning a grade of "C" or better (111 or 112 or 113). Additionally, you must take another 3-credit hour course in Sociology or Anthropology earning a grade of "C" or better. If you are in the process of completing or have not completed these requirements, then your application may be deferred or rejected.

Course Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credits Per Course


ANT 111

Introduction to Anthropology**


OR 112: Culture, Energy, Sustainability OR 113: Social & Cultural Determinants of Health

ANT 301

Social & Cultural Theory



ANT 316

Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences



ANT 499

Capstone: Applying the Social Sciences



Six Credits from the following:

ANT 307

Demography: World Population Issues



ANT 341

American Cultural Minorities



ANT 346

Peoples and Cultures of Latin America


ANT 360

Gender, Society, and Culture



ANT 418

Healthcare, Society, and Culture



ANT 424

Sustainability and Rural America



18 credits from any ANT courses 300 level and above

**Cultural Anthropology majors intending to attend graduate school are encouraged to also take ANT 312: Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences and ANT 314: Statistics for the Social Sciences.

Minor: Cultural Anthropology, 18 credits

Application process:  Minors are declared through the College of Arts and Sciences. To complete a minor in Cultural Anthropology, you must take one of the Introduction to Anthropology courses (111 OR 112 OR 113) earning a grade of "C" or better; Either ANT 301: Social and Cultural Theory OR ANT 316: Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences; Twelve additional credits from any ANT courses numbered 300 and above. NOTE: Independent Readings/Study/Research are not applicable toward the minor.

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