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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 [Archived Catalog]

Anthropology Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA4252

Anthropology can be defined broadly as the scientific study of humankind. This discipline has two major foci: humans as biological organisms and as cultural beings. This department concentrates on three of Anthropology’s subfields: biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and archaeology. Anthropology is a holistic, comparative, and functional discipline that provides a broad framework, through which human activities, adaptations, and changes can be meaningfully interpreted in time and in space. Much of anthropology deals with non-Western cultures.

If you are interested in becoming a professional anthropologist, you can prepare for graduate school in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The anthropology major offers training in the methods and results of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and anthropological archaeology.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Program Requirements

The B.A. in anthropology requires at least 55 hours of anthropology, including:

4 hours of biological anthropology selected from:

4 hours of archaeological anthropology from:

Additional Hours

Complete 28 additional hours in anthropology, of which 8 hours must be at the 400 level divided between two of the three main areas above.


You are required to select an advisor from the anthropology faculty; your advisor will help you design an individualized course of study. As your interest shifts, you may change advisors. You are encouraged to take courses in fields related to anthropology. Courses in environmental and plant biology, biological sciences, geology, geography, history, linguistics, international studies, mathematics, psychology, and sociology may be recommended for students interested in particular specialties.

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