Jun 23, 2024  

Anthropology, (B.A.)

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Program objectives for a B.A. in anthropology are that students will: (a) demonstrate knowledge of the holistic foundations of anthropology, and core subfields of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics; (b) demonstrate critical analysis and independent thought in relation to core constructs, theories, and methods in anthropological works; (c) demonstrate effective written communication skills; and (d) experience and appreciate anthropology’s real world applications through enriched learning opportunities such as community-based research, service learning, internships, and study-abroad programs.

University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University  for the University General Education Program requirements.

College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (6-9 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements  are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements.

The Major (30 hours)

Completion of 30 semester hours in anthropology courses including


Electives must be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

Honors Program

The Honors Program in Anthropology is open to anthropology majors only and requires (a) an inclusive grade point average of at least 3.00, (b) a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 in the major, (c) the completion of ANTH 4010 Ethnographic Methods ; (d) four honors courses in anthropology (one of which can be ANTH 4989 Senior Honors Thesis ); (e) the completion of independent research (traditional or engaged scholarship) culminating in an original research thesis or creative work. Those students who complete the program and the regular college requirements will be recognized at the commencement ceremony by having their degree conferred, “With Honors in Anthropology.” Moreover, the student’s diploma and the record at the University of Memphis will reflect this accomplishment. Admission to the Honors Program in Anthropology requires the completion of an application in which students must identify their specific research interests. See departmental advisor for more details.

Typical 4-Year Anthropology Sequence

Freshman Year

First Semester

Second Semester

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Second Semester

  • History*
  • Elective
  • Fine Arts*
  • Natural Science*
  • UD Elective

Sophomore Year Totals: 32 hrs.

Junior Year

First Semester

Second Semester

Senior Year

First Semester

  • UD ANTH (3)
  • UD Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • UD Elective

Second Semester

  • UD ANTH (3)
  • ANTH Elective (3)
  • UD elective (3)
  • Elective (4)

Senior Year Totals: 28 hrs.

Total Cumulative Hours Undergraduate: 120-121

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