Undergraduate degrees in anthropology
Both the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees are offered in anthropology. Students pursuing the BA will choose one of two tracks when declaring their major: General Anthropology or Anthropological Perspectives. These tracks are tailored to different interests and career goals (see below). Both BA tracks require 56 credits (14 four-credit courses, including two elective courses). The BS combines anthropology with natural science approaches, and requires 80 credits (17 four-credit courses with two electives). Students are encouraged to discuss their choice of major with an anthropology faculty adviser, and all majors and minors must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for anthropology. Students who wish to major in anthropology must complete the Declaration of Major/Minor Form (PDF), which must be signed by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Descriptions of each of the majors are listed below. Worksheets are provided below in PDF form to help you chart your progress toward degree. Please note that these worksheets are not a substitute for advising, or for the DARS reports issued by the University. Rather, they are to assist you in your course planning.
Please Note: Only courses passed with a grade of C- or better will be counted toward fulfilling major requirements and, only 1 course taken under the pass/fail option will be accepted in fulfillment of major requirements.
BA Degree Program
Students pursuing a BA in anthropology select one of two tracks when declaring the anthropology major. These tracks — General Anthropology and Anthropological Perspectives — are geared toward different career goals and interests. Regardless of which track you pursue, your Binghamton University degree and transcripts will read "BA in Anthropology." You may switch tracks during the course of your studies by filing a revised major declaration form with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Not all courses required for the major are offered every year. Work closely with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in planning your course selections each semester. New courses added to the department's offerings may well count toward degrees, so you should treat the list of courses as a guide, subject to change.
Track 1: General Anthropology
The General Anthropology track is designed to give students broad exposure to the four subfields of anthropology (archaeology; biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology and sociocultural anthropology) at both the upper and lower levels, as well as to provide foundational coursework for students intending to pursue graduate studies in anthropology. This is accomplished by carefully following the outline in the worksheet. Because the General Anthropology major is a relatively structured major, students must carefully plan their course of study. Be aware that not all courses listed in the worksheet are offered every year. You should work with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in anthropology in planning your course selections each semester.
Track 2: Anthropological Perspectives
This program allows greater flexibility in the sequencing and selection of courses toward the major. You may value this flexibility if, for example, you wish to concentrate in a particular sub-discipline (or two) during the course of your undergraduate studies, or if you are a double major and need the flexibility of tailoring your anthropology major to complement your other major focus. Although this track's flexibility is an attractive feature, you will still need to plan carefully to ensure that you chose courses that will meet your career needs. Thus, selection of courses must be done in close consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students who wish to concentrate in a particular anthropology sub discipline should include the foundations course for that sub-discipline as one of their lower-level courses (see worksheet). If you choose to concentrate in one sub-field, remember that no more than seven courses from a single sub-field may be used to fulfill the requirements for the BA in Anthropological Perspectives.
Students who wish to introduce greater structure into the Anthropological Perspectives track are encouraged to use the General Anthropology track as a model. You might choose, for example, to sample the breadth of anthropology by taking the foundational courses (100 level) required for the General Anthropology track. Other recommended foundations courses are one in quantitative methods (an important skill whether you plan to go on to graduate school or move directly into a career), and for those of you interested in pursuing graduate work in anthropology, one in the History of Anthropological Thought. You can then use your remaining credits to concentrate in a sub-field, or to create a distinct program to meet your career needs. Be sure to work with the Director of Undergraduate Studies as you build your course program.
BS Degree in Anthropology
The BS degree program allows majors to integrate anthropology with scientific training relevant to certain career paths. You might consider the BS degree if, for example, you are interested in biological anthropology or archaeology, or if you want to combine anthropology with other sciences as part of a pre-health program. The BS combines foundational work in each of the four sub-fields of anthropology with training in quantitative methods and laboratory settings. Anthropology courses that apply to this major emphasize natural science methodologies and theories. (see worksheet for requirements.)
Not all courses required for the major are offered every year. Work closely with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in planning your course selections each semester. New courses added to the department's offerings may well count toward the BS, so you should treat the list of courses as a guide, subject to change.
Minors in Anthropology
Four possible minors in anthropology are offered: general anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, archaeology and biological anthropology. Each is satisfied by the completion of the required coursework. Exceptions to the stated requirements may be made only with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
General Anthropology Minor
The General Anthropology minor gives the student a broad background in the field of anthropology, and encourages selection of courses from all of the sub-fields of anthropology, without specialization in any single sub-field:
- three courses (12 credits) taken at the 100-200 level; at least one must be at the 200 level;
- three courses (12 credits) taken at the 300-400 level.
- No more than two courses (8 credits) of the total six courses required for the minor may be from any single sub-field (linguistic anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology). At least one course (4 credits) should be an "area course" that focuses on the peoples and cultures of a specific world area or region. One of the 300-400 level courses (4 credits) may be in any cognate discipline, chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Biological Anthropology Minor
The Biological Anthropology minor provides students with a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts of human biology, evolution and the relationships between humans as biological and cultural animals. The program is relevant to students with interests in biology, geology, environmental studies, psychology, nursing, dentistry, medicine and general bio-behavioral science:
- the foundations course in biological anthropology, ANTH 168 (4 credits);
- three courses (12 credits) taken at the 300 level, chosen from among ANTH 332-339, 420-429;
- one lower-level course (4 credits) from among ANTH 240-249;
- one elective course (4 credits) taken in any area of anthropology or in a cognate field, chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
The Sociocultural Anthropology minor introduces students to a range of theories, problematics and questions in the study of social and cultural differences around the world. Such training is relevant to students in a wide variety of fields, including area studies (Asian and Asian-American studies, Africana studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, Judaic studies), economics, geography, history, art history, political science, psychology, sociology and women's studies. This minor is also useful to students interested in cultural diversity and social behavior, and to those interested in gaining a global perspective on social problems and comparative cultural phenomena:
- the foundations course in sociocultural anthropology, ANTH 166 (4 credits);
- at least one sociocultural "area" course (4 credits), probably taken at the 200 level (but does not have to be) that focuses on the peoples and cultures of a specific world area or region, such as ANTH 252, 254, 256, 258, 280 (with a sociocultural and geographic area focus), 370 and 377;
- three other sociocultural courses (12 credits) taken at the 300-400 level, such as ANTH 300, 349-354, 360-369, 380 (with a sociocultural focus), 430-439, 450-465, 477 and 480 (with a sociocultural focus);
- remaining credits (4) as electives, which may be taken in any area of anthropology or in a cognate field, to be chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
The Archaeology minor provides students with a basic understanding of how archaeologists study and reconstruct the past. Such training is relevant to students in a wide variety of fields, including history, art history, classical studies, medieval studies, Judaic studies, African American studies and Middle Eastern and North African studies:
- one foundations course in archaeology (4 credits): ANTH 167 or 169;two archaeological area courses (8 credits), chosen from among ANTH 260-263, 374-377 and 379;
- two courses in archaeological methods (8 credits), chosen from among ANTH 320, 321, 371-373, 475 and 476;
- one elective course (4 credits) in anthropology or any cognate field, chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Any of the courses listed above that are not used for the first three requirements may be used to fulfill this requirement.