Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Anthropology (ANT)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 45.0201

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

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.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

The state mandated common course prerequisites 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)

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Major Core Courses - 16 Hours

Major Elective Courses - 20 Hours

Students are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of 4000-level elective coursework, including at least one course from each subfield, from the courses listed below. 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.

  • Biological Anthropology Subfield

Depending upon the specific topic, ANT 4930 Special Topics in Anthropology, may count toward any of the subdivisions and/or the methods requirement.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising


Major Faculty

Chairperson: D. Himmelgreen; Professors: R. Baer, E. Bird, D. Himmelgreen, L. Madrigal, N. Romero-Daza, R. Tykot, B. Weisman, C. Wells, N. White, L. Whiteford, K. Yelvington; Associate Professors: H. Castañeda, K. Davis-Salazar, A. Jackson, D. Lende ,T. Pluckhahn, R. Zarger; Assistant Professors: T. Deubel, E. Miller, A. Stuesse; Instructors: E. Ford, J. Napora; Courtesy Faculty: K. Besterman-Daha; L. Lai, D. Martinez Tyson, M. Overbey, G. Tobin, D. Uzzell; Emeritus Faculty: M. Angrosino, K. Borman, S. Greenbaum, C. Wienker, A. Wolfe.

Major Other Information

Anthropology majors are urged to become competent readers and speakers of a relevant modern foreign language (which may include American Sign Language). They are also urged to enhance their English reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking capabilities and develop their skills in computational, statistical and other forms of quantitative analysis at every opportunity. Students are encouraged to fulfill General Education and Exit requirements with courses relevant to their interests in anthropology whenever possible. In pursuit of all these goals, they should meet with the department's undergraduate advisor at least once each semester to discuss such topics as academic progress, future course plans, Anthropology's Honors Program, summer field schools, job opportunities, graduate education and professional careers in anthropology.

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