Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


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. This holistic and broad-ranging view is reflected by the presence within anthropology of four branches or sub-fields: 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

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • ANT XXXX Two Introductory Courses in Anthropology (ANT prefix)

Total Major Hours: 37 Hours

Major Core Courses - 19 Hours

Major Elective Courses - 18 Hours

Students are required to complete a minimum of 18 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 18 credits must be selected from a list of designated methods courses. Methods courses may also be counted toward the subdivision requirement.

ANT 4930 Special Topics in Anthropology may count toward the major and within a particular subdivision depending on the specific topic. Please consult the advisor for details.

Optional Honors Program

The purpose of the Honors Program is to provide outstanding Anthropology undergraduates with advanced, individually tailored training in areas of anthropology of interest to them. The program, operating independently of the major itself, involves a year of coursework and research culminating in the writing of an Honors thesis. Students in the second semester of their junior year, prior to completion of 90 semester hours, may apply to the program.

Admission is competitive, based on the student's overall academic record:

  • minimum overall 3.25 GPA,
  • 3.5 GPA for USF Anthropology coursework,
  • a two-page, personal statement indicating research interests, and
  • a letter of recommendation and commitment from a faculty member of the Department of Anthropology.

Successful completion of the program requires:

  • maintenance of an overall 3.25 GPA,
  • maintenance of a 3.5 GPA in the major,
  • completion of ANT 4932 Honors Seminar, with a grade of B or better,
  • completion of ANT 4970 (3) (Honors Thesis) with a grade of "S,"
  • presentation of the research at the Department's Honors Colloquium in the spring
  • and completion of all other requirements for graduation.

Please see the Anthropology Department undergraduate advisor for further information and application forms.

  More About this Major

  Honors Program

This major has an optional component designed for the academically superior student who embraces challenge and wishes to go the extra mile.


  Research Opportunities

There are research opportunities associated with this major.

Show Me More

  Additional Requirements

There are additional requirements for this major such as grade, GPA, foreign language, and/or general education requirements.

Show Me More

  Additional Information

There is more information available for this major such as faculty, advising, and/or accreditation information.

Show Me More