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Prerequisites to a B.A. Major or Minor

  • ANTH 110 Human Origins (3) or ANTH 117 Honors: Human Origins (3)
  • ANTH 120 Prehistoric Archaeology (3) or ANTH 127 Honors: Prehistoric Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 130 Cultural Anthropology (3) or ANTH 137 Honors: Cultural Anthropology  (3)

Progression Requirements

Progression into the major is based on performance in the three prerequisite courses. Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 for the three introductory courses, with none of the three grades below a C. Upon satisfactory completion of the prerequisites, the student may apply for progression in the Anthropology major by:

  • Completing a formal application for progression in the Anthropology Department (application are also available in Room 250 South Stadium Hall).

    Include with that application an academic history (available on request from the Academic Records Office - 215 Student Services Building) demonstrating satisfactory completion of the progression requirements.

Applications are processed twice a year approximately mid-way through both the fall and spring semesters. Upon progression to the major, a departmental advisor will be assigned in consultation with the student.

Continuation in the anthropology major requires maintenance of a 2.5 GPA or better in all Anthropology courses. Students failing to meet this standard will be notified in writing that they are on probation and their records will be reviewed. Those who continue in probationary status for two consecutive semesters will be dropped from the major.

Major Requirements

ANTH 450 Current Trends in Anthropology (3) or 357 Junior Honors in Anthropology (3), and 27 additional hours of upper-division courses chosen from the following five groups as specified:

One course chosen from categories a, b, c, and d. Two courses from category e.

(a) Archaeological Method and Theory  

  • ANTH 361 Historical Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 362 Principles of Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 461 Archaeological Resource Management (3)
  • ANTH 464 Principles of Zooarchaeology (3)

(b) Archaeological Area  

  • ANTH 360 North American Prehistory (3)
  • ANTH 363 Prehistory of Tennessee (3) 
  • ANTH 454 Archaeology of the African Diaspora (3)
  • ANTH 462 Early European Prehistory (3)
  • ANTH 463 Rise of Complex Civilizations (3)
  • ANTH 466 Archaeology of Southeastern United States (3)

(c)  Cultural Area  

  • ANTH 310 North American Indians (3)
  • ANTH 311 Southeastern Indians (3)
  • ANTH 313 Peoples and Cultures of Mesoamerica (3)
  • ANTH 315 African and African-American Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 316 Peoples and Cultures of South America (3)
  • ANTH 319 Caribbean Cultures and Societies (3)
  • ANTH 320 American Cultures (3)
  • ANTH 322 Topics in U.S. Ethnography (3)
  • ANTH 323 Topics in Latin American Ethnography (3)
  • ANTH 324 Topics in African Ethnography (3)
  • ANTH 325 Migration and Transnationalism (3)

(d)  Cultural Method and Theory  

  • ANTH 410 Principles of Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 411 Linguistic Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 413 Dynamics of Culture (3)
  • ANTH 414 Political Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 415 Environmental Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 416 Applied Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 419 Anthropology of Human Rights (3)
  • ANTH 420 Disasters (3)

(e)  Biological Anthropology  

  • ANTH 480 Human Osteology (4)
  • ANTH 485 Oral Biology (4)
  • ANTH 486 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 489 Forensic Science and Human Rights (3)
  • ANTH 490 Primate Evolution (3)
  • ANTH 494 Primate Behavior (3)
  • ANTH 495 Human Paleontology (4)
  • ANTH 496 Biology of Human Variability (3)

Remaining hours may be selected from any upper division Anthropology courses. 

Students with senior standing are encouraged to substitute appropriate 500 level courses (with permission of the course instructor and approval of the Department Head) for any portion of the requirements specified above. 

Honors Major

The Department of Anthropology offers introductory honors courses (ANTH 117, ANTH 127, ANTH 137), an honors course for juniors (ANTH 357) and a Senior Honors Thesis (ANTH 457), leading to an honors concentration. The honors concentration consists of at least 12 hours of anthropology honors courses, generally distributed as follows: at least 2 of the 3 introductory honors courses should be taken (during the freshman and/or sophomore years), ANTH 357 (generally during the Fall semester of the junior year) and at least three hours of ANTH 457 (generally taken during the senior year). To provide access to the honors concentration for transfer students and for students who have already completed the basic prerequisite courses, at least six hours of anthropology Honors-by-Contract courses may be completed in addition to ANTH 357 and ANTH 457. To satisfy the remaining requirements for the major, 24 additional hours of upper-division course work in anthropology must be completed as specified above.

Permission of the instructor is required to enroll in any of the introductory honors courses. To progress into ANTH 357, grades of B or better in the introductory honors courses are required or permission of instructor if the student did not complete the introductory honors sequence. A grade of B or better and a thesis proposal approved by the instructor of ANTH 357 and by the faculty member agreeing to direct the thesis are required in order to enroll in ANTH 457. The Senior Honors Thesis (ANTH 457) is expected to be either original research or an in-depth literature review of a relevant anthropological topic. To graduate with honors the student must pass ANTH 457 with a grade of B or better.

Upon completion of the above requirements, and the earning of a final cumulative university GPA of at least 3.25, the student will graduate with Honors in Anthropology.

Minor Requirements

Anthropology 110 or 117, 120 or 127, and 130 or 137 are prerequisite to a minor in anthropology, which consists of 15 hours of upper division Anthropology courses, chosen in consultation with a preferred Anthropology advisor. 

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Contact Information

250 South Stadium Hall
Knoxville, Tennessee

Phone: 865-974-4408
Fax: 865-974-2686