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Anthropology|Department of

Undergraduate Degree Programs

 

We offer a B.A. with a major in anthropology and a minor in general anthropology; the BA covers the four subfields of anthropology.

Undergraduate Major (34 hours)
Undergraduate Minor (18 hours)
Museum Studies Minor (21 hours)

For a complete list of course offerings from the Department of Anthropology, see the General Bulletin.

 

Undergraduate Major Course Requirements

We require all Anthropology majors to take a series of core classes beginning with the introductory sequence, which includes introductory courses in all four fields of anthropology (ANTH 1100, 1200, 1300, 2000). Majors also must complete at least one upper division course in each of the four subfields as listed below. Five additional requirements include four core courses and three semesters of a single foreign language:

(1) Introduction to Anthropology Research Methods (ANTH 3310)
(2) Ethnographic Methods (ANTH 3300).
(3) Because statistical methods are an essential tool in anthropological research, we require that anthropology majors complete a course in statistics (STAT 2050 or 2070).
(4) To complete your major, you will need to take ANTH 4010, History of Anthropological Thought in your senior year.
(5) Three semesters of a single foreign language must also be completed.

The Anthropology Department offers a large suite of additional electives that undergrads can choose to take if they desire to further than anthropological education. See the course offerings in the General Bulletin for a complete listing.

** For an anthropology course to count toward your major requirements, you must pass the course with a grade of C or better.**

Section 0: Introductory Sequence (Recommended but not required)

Course # 

Course Name 

Credit Hrs 

USP Fulfillment 

ANTH 1000 

Intellectual Community in Anthropology 

1-3  

I 

 

Section 1: Introductory Sequence (Required for all Anthropology majors)

Course # 

Course Name 

Credit Hrs 

USP Fulfillment 

ANTH 1100 

Intro to Biological Anthropology                     

 4 

SB* 

ANTH 1200 

Intro to Cultural Anthropology 

 3 

  CS, G 

ANTH 1300 

Intro to Archaeology   

 3 

 CS, G  

ANTH 2000 

Intro to Linguistic Anthropology  

 3 

  L 

ANTH 3300  

Ethnographic Methods in Anthropology  

 3

 WB

ANTH 3310 

Intro to Anthropology Research Methods

 3

 none

ANTH 4010 

History of Anthropological Thought 

 3

 WC

 

 Total Hours Required

22

 

* This course does not fulfill the laboratory science requirement for Anthropology majors, only for nonmajors. Anthropology majors must take an additional two laboratory science courses.

 

Section 2: Upper-level Archaeology (Choose one of the following)

Course #

Course Name

Credit Hrs

USP Fulfillment

ANTH 4120

North American Archaeology

3

none

ANTH 4125

Northwestern Plains Prehistory

3

none

ANTH 4130

Old World Archaeology

3

none

ANTH 4150

Seminar in Prehistory

1-3

none

 

Total Hours Required

 3

 

 

Section 3: Upper-level Biological Anthropology (Choose one of the following)

Course #

Course Name

Credit Hrs

USP Fulfillment

ANTH 4210

Human Osteology

3

none

ANTH 4215

Evolution and Hominid Fossils

3

none

ANTH 4220

Human Variation

3

none

ANTH 4230

Forensic Anthropology

3

none

ANTH 4020

Seminar on a topic in biological anthropology (with faculty approval)

3-6

none

 

Total Hours Required

3

 

 

Section 4, Upper-level Cultural Anthropology (Choose one of the following)

Course #

Course Name

Credit Hrs

USP Fulfillment

ANTH 4300

Anthropology of Religion

3

none

ANTH 4310

Environmental Anthropology

3

none

ANTH 4325

Symbolic Anthropology

3

none

ANTH 4320

Political Anthropology

3

none

ANTH 4330

Social Organization

3

none

ANTH 4340

Culture Change

3

none

ANTH 4350

Medical Anthropology

3

none

ANTH 4360 Psychological Anthropology

ANTH 4380

Visual Anthropology 

3

none

ANTH 4020

Seminar on a topic in cultural anthropology (with faculty approval)

3-6

none

 

Total Hours Required

3

 

 

Section 5, Linguistic Anthropology (Choose one of the following)

 Course #

 Course Name

Credit Hrs 

 USP Fulfillment

 ANTH 4740

Native American Languages and Cultures

 3

 none

 ANTH 4760

Linguistic Anthropology

 3

 none

 ANTH 4775

Language and Gender

 3

 none

 ANTH 4785

Language and Racism

 3

 none

 ANTH 4795

Language Change

 3

 none

 ANTH 4020

Seminar on a topic in linguistic anthropology (with faculty approval)

 3-6

 none

 

 Total Hours Required

 3

 


Total hours in the major = 34. Students must also take three semesters of a single foreign language or the equivalent and must also take either STAT 2050 or 2070. Only the BA is offered; there is no BS degree.

 

Undergraduate Minor Course Requirements

For those students with majors outside of anthropology but with an interest in a more in depth anthropological education, we offer an undergraduate minor. The requirements for the minor include two of the introductory courses, and 11-12* hours of electives from upper division anthropology courses (2000-, 3000-, or 4000-level) with no more than 3 hours from 2000-level courses. A total of 18 hours is required to complete the minor.

 

Section 1: Introductory Sequence (Take two of the following)

Course #

Course Name

Credit Hrs

USP Fulfillment

ANTH 1100

Intro to Biological Anthropology

4

SB

ANTH 1200

Intro to Cultural Anthropology

3

 CS, G

ANTH 1300

Intro to Archaeology

3

 CS, G

ANTH 2000

Linguistic Anthropology

3

L

 

Total Hours Required

 6-7

 


 
Section 2: Upper-level Anthropology (Take 11-12* credits of the following with no more than 3 hours of 2000-level courses)

Course #

Course Name

Credit Hrs

USP Fulfillment

 ANTH 2200

World Culture

3

CS, G

 ANTH 2210

North American Indians

3

CS, D

 ANTH 2730

African Creativity and Ritual

3

CA, G

 ANTH 3015

Intro to the Music of the World's Peoples

3

CA

 ANTH 3300

Ethnographic Methods in Anthropology

3

WB

 ANTH 3310

Intro to Anthropology Research Methods

3

none

 ANTH 3400

Hunters and Gatherers

3

none 

 ANTH 3420

The Anthropology of Global Issues

none 

 ANTH 3500

Gender and Society

3

WB 

 ANTH 3600

Archaeological Sciences 

3

none

 ANTH 4000

Conference

1-4 

none 

 ANTH 4010

History of Anthropological Thought 

WC

ANTH 4015

Archaeological Theory and Method

3

none 

ANTH 4020

Seminar

3-6

none 

ANTH 4110

Zooarchaeology I

3

none 

ANTH 4111 

Zooarchaeology II

none 

ANTH 4115

Lithic Analysis

none 

ANTH 4116

Advanced Lithic Analysis 

none 

ANTH 4120

North American Archaeology 

none 

ANTH 4125

Northwestern Plains Prehistory 

none 

ANTH 4130

Old World Archaeology

none  

ANTH 4135

Quantitative Methods in Anthropology 

none 

ANTH 4140

Field Work in Wyoming Archaeology 

2-6 

none 

ANTH 4150

Seminar in Prehistory 

1-3 

none 

ANTH 4160 

GIS in Anthropology

none 

ANTH 4170 

Geoarchaeology

none 

ANTH 4190

Public Archeology  

none 

ANTH 4210

Human Osteology  

none 

ANTH 4215

Evolution and Hominid Fossils 

none 

ANTH 4220

Human Variation 

none 

ANTH 4230

Forensic Anthropology 

none 

ANTH 4240

Forensic Anthropology Laboratory

none 

ANTH 4300

Anthropology of Religion 

none 

ANTH 4310 

Environmental Anthropology

3

none 

ANTH 4315 

Human Behavioral Ecology  

3

none 

ANTH 4320

Political Anthropology 

3

none 

ANTH 4330

Social Organization 

3

none 

ANTH 4340

Culture Change  

3

none 

ANTH 4350

Medical Anthropology  

3

none 

ANTH 4360 

Psychological Anthropology

3

none 

ANTH 4380 

Visual Anthropology

3

none 

ANTH 4740

Native American Languages and Cultures 

3

none 

ANTH 4760

Linguistic Anthropology

3

none 

ANTH 4775

Language and Gender 

3

none 

ANTH 4785 

Language and Racism

3

none 

ANTH 4795

Language Change  

none 

ANTH 4970 

Internship 

 1-12

none 

ANTH 4975

Undergraduate Practicum in Anthropology

 1-4

none 

 

 Total Hours Required

 11-12*

 


* You are required to complete total of 18 hours for a minor in anthropology. If one of your introductory courses is ANTH 1100, Introduction to Biological Anthropology, you will need 11 hours of upper division credit. If you take two of the other introductory courses, you will need 12 upper division hours.

 

Museum Studies Minor

The Museum Studies minor introduces undergraduates to the history, theory, and practice of museums and collections. Courses encourage interdisciplinary thinking about the theoretical, historical and contemporary roles of museums and curatorial institutions in society. Through the minor, students learn about the preservation, collection, interpretation, and exhibition of art, anthropological, historical and scientific materials for the public audience.

Students majoring in Art, Anthropology, History, or any other major in the Humanities, Physical Sciences, Education, or Business can enhance their area of specialization with the Museum Studies minor.

You can find more information here.

 

For further information:
Department of Anthropology
Dept. 3431
1000 E University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071-3431
fax: 307/766-2473
voice: 307/766-5136

Department Advising Coordinator: Dr. Todd Surovell

 

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