Anthropology aims at comprehending people as biological and social beings. It is concerned with all forms of people through time and space. One consequence of this broad-ranging view is the presence within anthropology of four branches: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Exposure to anthropological information and the cross-cultural perspective produces heightened sensitivity in the student to the world about him/her. This helps the student to adopt an intellectual posture of disciplined skepticism with respect to any scheme that purports to define and account for regularities in human life. Students majoring in other fields may find anthropology coursework an exciting and valuable supplement to their primary academic interest.
The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for the Anthropology major. These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C before the degree is granted. If the courses are not transferred in, they may be taken at USF. Following are the courses:
ANT XXXX Two Introductory Courses in Anthropology (ANT prefix)
Majors are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of 4000-level elective coursework, including at least one course from each subfield. A minimum of three (3) of these 20 credits must be selected from a list of designated methods courses. Methods courses may also be counted toward the subdivision requirement.
Students must choose at least one course from each subfield listed below.
Depending upon the specific topic, ANT 4930 Special Topics, may count toward any of the subdivisions and/or the methods requirement.
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.
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This major has an optional component designed for the academically superior student who embraces challenge and wishes to go the extra mile.