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Anthropology Major and Minor


A major in anthropology (reference number 608) requires a minimum of 30 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. At least half of the total semester hours must be in upper-division (300- or 400- level) courses. Requirements of the major include five core courses, three courses in a concentration, and two electives. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all core courses of the anthropology major. Students must complete a second major or a minor.

Core Courses: All students complete the five-course (15-hour) core curriculum consisting of ANTH 120, 125, 130, 135, and 399. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all core courses of the anthropology major.

Concentrations: Each student completes at least one of four three-course (nine-hour) concentrations in Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, and/or Cultural Resource Management, each concentration having its own required courses (see below).

Electives: Students choosing to complete only one concentration must complete six hours of elective courses, to be selected from anthropology offerings in consultation with the anthropology advisor.

A minor in anthropology requires a minimum of 21 semester hours. At least 12 hours must be in upper-division (300- or 400- level) courses. Requirements include three of the four 100-level introductory courses, Anth 399, and three electives to total 21 hours. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all core courses of the anthropology minor.

Core Courses: Each student must complete ANTH 399 and three courses selected from ANTH 120, 125, 130 and 135. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all four core courses of the anthropology minor.

Electives: Each student must complete nine hours of upper-division elective courses, to be selected from anthropology offerings in consultation with the anthropology advisor.

Each anthropology major must complete at least one of four three-course (9-hour) concentrations in Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, and/or Cultural Resource Management, each concentration having its own required courses. Students who complete two or more concentrations are not required to complete elective courses in the major. 

Cultural Anthropology

Cultural anthropology is the study of present-day human cultures anywhere in the world. Cultural anthropologists use participant observation, interviewing, photography, videography, questionnaires, archival research, and other methods to document, describe, and explain human culture, including technology, subsistence, settlement, exchange, ethnicity, kinship, social organization, cosmology, religion, art, health care, and culture contact.

Cultural Anthropology Concentration Requirements: One area course selected from: ANTH 340, 342, 345, 350 and 378; one topics course selected from ANTH 343, 382, 400, 410, 442, 446, 448 and 449; one additional area or topics course. 

Biological Anthropology

Biological anthropology is the study of humans as biological organisms on the molecular, individual, population, and species levels. Biological anthropologists study a variety of topics, including non-human primates, human origins and evolution, modern human biological variation, demography, health and disease, growth and development, diet and nutrition, and forensic anthropology.

Biological Anthropology Concentration Requirements: ANTH 300, 305, 450. ANTH 366 Special Topics: Bioarchaeology may substitute for one of these courses with advisor approval.

Archaeology

Archaeology is the study of past human cultures anywhere in the world based on their material remains. Historic archaeologists are interested in past cultures with written documents, while prehistorians study past cultures lacking written documents. Other specializations include archaeology are Classical archaeology, Biblical archaeology, underwater archaeology, and industrial archaeology.

Archaeology Concentration Requirements: One course selected from ANTH 335 or 336; at least three hours in ANTH 432; ANTH 438. ANTH 316, 333, and 366 Special Topics: The Archaeologist Looks at Death may substitute for ANTH 335 or 336 with advisor approval.


Cultural Resource Management

Cultural resource management (CRM) involves the identification, assessment, documentation, management, preservation, and interpretation of cultural resources important to our human heritage. Cultural resources include archaeological sites, shipwrecks, cemeteries and burial grounds, standing structures, historic districts, historic landscapes, traditional crafts, traditional cultural practices, and museum collections. Cultural resource managers work for government agencies, private preservation firms, public historic organizations, private foundations, museums, and interpretive sites.

CRM Concentration Requirements: ANTH 436; two courses selected from ANTH 434, 470, and 493, FLK 434, 445, 446, and 464.

The process for declaring a Major or Minor in Anthropology is the same process as all other majors or minors at WKU. A change of major or minor can be completed online from TopNet. To locate this form on TopNet, go to Student Services, Student Records and then select the Change form.



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