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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Prospective Students

Anthropology is the study of all humans at all times in all places. As an anthropology student you have the opportunity to explore the entire human story. We take a holistic approach, exploring the biological, cultural and historical dimensions of human life. Unlike other disciplines that focus only on biology, economics, government, family life, history, or politics, we seek to understand the connections between these approaches to create a more integrated view of the human story. We add more to this global approach, so that the story we come to understand is truly the full human story. 

Program Requirements

Entrance requirements for Anthropology Majors

To be admitted as an anthropology major, a student must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 based on a minimum of 12 credit hours earned at K-State.   Students interested in pursuing a major in anthropology must meet with the anthropology advisor, Grace Bagley, to do the paperwork necessary for declaring and certifying completion of the major.

Requirements for the Anthropology Major

In addition to the general B.A. or B.S. requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences, anthropology majors take a minimum of 34 credit hours in anthropology as follows:

Introductions to the four subfields of anthropology: 13 Credit Hrs.

ANTH 200 (or 204 or 210) Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 220 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 260 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 280 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

ANTH 301 Initiation to Anthropology (3 credit hours) (offered every Spring semester; commonly taken as a Freshman or Sophomore)

 
Advanced anthropology electives: 18 Credit Hrs.

Five advanced electives (300-level or above) in at least three of the subfields (15 Hrs.)  At least nine of these hours must be at the 500 level or above.

AND

ANTH 602 Anthropological Theory (3 credit hours) (usually offered every Fall semester, but will be offered in the spring during AY 2017-2018; commonly taken as a Senior)

Students are strongly encouraged to include at least one methods course (for example, ANTH 677 Digital Ethnography; ANTH 678 Archaeological Laboratory Methods; ANTH 679 Archaeological Field Methods; ANTH 694 & 695 Osteology and Laboratory in Osteology; ANTH 730 Archaeological Field School; ANTH 790 Ethnographic Methods; ANTH 792 Field Methods in Linguistics).

In addition to the above, a minimum GPA of 2.5 must be earned in all anthropology courses.

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, his or her adviser(s), and mentors.

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Requirements for a Minor

A minor in anthropology is also available. Anthropology minors must take a minimum of 18 hours in anthropology as follows:

Any 2 of the introductory classes: 6-7 Credit Hrs.

ANTH 200 (or 204 or 210) Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 220 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 260 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 280 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Advanced anthropology courses: 12 Credit Hrs.

Four advanced anthropology electives (300 level or above).

In addition to the above, a minimum GPA of 2.5 must be earned in all anthropology courses.

Students interested in pursuing a minor in anthropology must meet with the anthropology advisor, Grace Bagley, to do the paperwork necessary for declaring and certifying completion of the minor.

Students interested in pursuing an anthropology major or minor must consult with:

Grace Bagley
203 Waters Hall
gebagley@ksu.edu

 

New majors and minors who have already filled out the paperwork with Grace Bagley should schedule an "Orientation to Anthropology" meeting with Dr.Falcone at jfalcone@ksu.edu.

 

Students interested in mentorship and discussions about careers and graduate work are encouraged to contact individual Anthropology professors to set up meetings.