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UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES IN ANTHROPOLOGY

Anthropology Students 2017

Not only is a career as an academic or a practicing anthropologist an option for highly motivated students, but anthropology's unique cross-cultural approach to understanding human diversity is perhaps the smartest and most practical route that a general liberal arts student can select. A major or minor in general anthropology can be easily supplemented with a variety of relevant courses focused on any number of specific career goals and orientations, a possibility that becomes apparent if you look at our new specialized minors below. If a solid liberal arts foundation is your first educational goal, consider a major in Anthropology. It offers a way of "seeing" and "reading" the world that is in increasing demand in these changing multicultural times.

If you are interested in majoring or minoring in Anthropology, please complete this downloadable form and email it to the Department Chair, Prof. Larissa Swedell, at LSwedell@qc.cuny.edu.

 
UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

ANTHROPOLOGY MAJOR. Students wishing to major in anthropology may choose between two tracks: general and pre-professional. The pre-professional major requires 39 credits, and is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in anthropology or a related discipline.  It requires a more rigorous course schedule with more 300 level courses (including a seminar) than are required for the general major, and a class in anthropological statistics. Under both major tracks, students may also elect to do a senior's honor thesis.
ANTHROPOLOGY MINOR. The Minor offers students an introduction to the field of anthropology and is flexible enough to provide basic information in all four fields (Cultural, Biological, Archaeology and Linguistics) while at the same time allowing students to focus specifically on the areas that most interest them.

NEW SPECIALIZED MINORS. The Department is offering four new specialized minors: Human Ecology, Power and Inequality, Cultural Heritage and Memory, and Health and Culture. Students can choose to minor in Anthropology OR in any one of these four minors.


GENERAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
The Department of Anthropology gives students knowledge of human origins and development, the varieties of human cultures, and the cultural, biological and social complexities of our species. The major provides the necessary preparation for graduate work in the field, as well as valuable background for careers in education, international studies, medicine and allied professions, sociology, and social work. Students may specialize in Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, or Linguistic Anthropology or they may follow a more general track. Students must declare their intention to major in anthropology by meeting with a faculty advisor and by completing a concentration form in consultation with their advisor. The courses (and planned dates they will be taken) that will comprise the major should be entered below. This form should be prepared and signed by the advisor in duplicate, one copy being retained by the student, the other being filed with the department. Unauthorized changes in the courses comprising the major may result in a withholding of the degree. Grades below C- in anthropology courses are not acceptable for majors in Anthropology. Students who have received such grades in any course needed to fulfill the Major requirements must retake these courses and achieve a grade of C- or better to be considered for graduation as Anthropology Majors. No more than 3 credits from the courses ANTH 390 – 397 may be used as part of the Major without the approval of the Anthropology Advising Committee.
 
R E Q U I R E M E N T S (Minimum of 33 Credits Total)

INTRODUCTORY COURSES
3 courses from the following:
ANTH 101, ANTH 102, ANTH 103,  ANTH 104

ESSENTIALS COURSES
1 course from 201, 240, 260, or 280

AREA COURSES
1 course from 201 (if not taken for previous requirement), 204 – 219, or 241 – 249, or 288

INTERMEDIATE COURSES
ANTH 200

ADVANCED COURSES
2 courses at the 300 level

ADDITIONAL COURSES
3 courses, 2 must be at the 200-level or above

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PRE-PROFESSIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Students wishing to major in anthropology may choose between two tracks: general and pre-professional. The pre-professional major requires 39 credits, and is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in anthropology or a related discipline. It requires a more rigorous course schedule with more 300 level courses (including a seminar) than are required for the general major, and a class in anthropological statistics. All majors must fill out a concentration form in consultation with an advisor. The courses (and planned dates they will be taken) that will comprise the major should be entered below. This form should be prepared and signed by the advisor in duplicate, one copy being retained by the student, the other being filed with the department. Unauthorized changes in the courses comprising the major may result in a withholding of the degree. Grades below C- are not acceptable for courses in the anthropology major. Students who have received such grades in any course used to fulfill the Major requirements must retake these courses and achieve a grade of C- or better to be considered for graduation as Anthropology majors. No more than 3 credits of ANTH 390 – 397 may be used as part of the Major without the approval of the Advising Committee.

R E Q U I R E M E N T S (Minimum of 39 Credits)

INTRODUCTORY COURSES
3 courses from the following:
ANTH 101, ANTH 102, ANTH 103, ANTH 104

ESSENTIALS COURSES
1 course from 201, 240, 260, or 280

AREA COURSES
1 course from 201 (if not taken for previous requirement), 204 – 219, or 241 – 249, or 288

INTERMEDIATE COURSES
ANTH 200
ANTH 238

ADVANCED COURSES
3 300-level courses

ADDITIONAL COURSES
3 courses, 2 of which must be at the 200-level or above

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GENERAL MINOR REQUIREMENTS
A Minor in Anthropology comprises six courses and a total of 18 credits and can be usefully and easily combined with Majors in other departments.
The Minor offers students an introduction to the field of anthropology and is flexible enough to provide basic information in all four fields (Cultural, Biological, Archaeology and Linguistics) while at the same time allowing students to focus specifically on the areas that most interest them. Students must declare their intention to minor in anthropology by meeting with a faculty advisor and completing a concentration form in consultation with their advisor. The student should enter below the courses (and planned dates they will be taken) which will comprise the minor. This form should be prepared and signed by the advisor in duplicate - one copy being retained by the student, the other being filed with the department. Changes in the courses selected may be made at any time as long as the basic requirements are completed. Unauthorized changes in the courses comprising the minor, however, may result in a departmental decision not to award the Minor. Grades below C- in anthropology courses are not acceptable for minors in Anthropology. Students who have received such grades in any course needed to fulfill the minor requirements, must retake those courses and achieve a grade of C- or better to be considered for graduation as Anthropology Minors.

R E Q U I R E M E N T S (Minimum of 18 Credits Total)

INTRODUCTORY COURSES
3 courses from the following:
ANTH 101, ANTH 102, ANTH 103, ANTH 104

ESSENTIALS COURSES
1 course from 201, 240, 260, or 280

ADDITIONAL COURSES (must be 200 level or above)
2 courses at the 200-level or above

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SPECIALIZED MINORS & REQUIREMENTS
Students can choose a General Minor in Anthropology (above) OR in any one of the four new specialized minors listed below. Each new minor has its own set of specific requirements and can be combined with a Major in Anthropology or a major from any other department.


HUMAN ECOLOGY MINOR & REQUIREMENTS (Minimum of 18 Credits Total)

The Minor in Human Ecology focuses on understanding the relationship between humans and their environment, including long-term human adaptation and evolution, human impacts on the environment, responses to climate change, the emergence of social complexity, agriculture, food security, and resource extraction and environmental degradation such as mining and pollution. The Minor in Human Ecology prepares students to address pressing issues involving the human-environment relationship and obtain employment in public archaeology, ecology, natural history, education, public health, social ecology, and related fields.

THREE REQUIRED COURSES
ANTH 102, ANTH 103, and one course from either 201, 240, or 260

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 elective courses at the 200-level or above from the list of courses* here: Human Ecology Course Requirements)
*NOTE: only one of these may be an "essentials" course, i.e., ANTH 201, 240, 260; and only one of these may be a "topics" or "seminar course", i.e., ANTH 259, 279, 290, 290W, 330
, 350, 370


POWER AND INEQUALITY MINOR & REQUIREMENTS (Minimum of 18 Credits Total)

The Minor in Power and Inequality is designed for students who want to understand better and participate in policy initiatives, social analysis, and activism aimed at addressing ongoing inequalities in the U.S. and abroad. The Minor in Power and Inequality is ideal for students who seek to pursue careers in law, education, development, civil service and government, law enforcement, public health, and nonprofit organizations.

THREE REQUIRED COURSES:
ANTH 101, ANTH 104, and either ANTH 222 or 233

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 elective courses at the 200-level or above from the list of courses here: Power and Inequality Course Requirements)


CULTURAL HERITAGE & MEMORY MINOR & REQUIREMENTS (Minimum of 18 Credits Total)

The Minor in Cultural Heritage and Memory is designed for students who are interested in the ways the past is remembered and activated in the present, sometimes as a mechanism to construct narratives and make political or legal claims about community and/or national identities. This targeted Minor is particularly ideal for students interested in law and policy, development, museum studies, archives, cultural preservation, material culture studies, and the arts.

THREE REQUIRED COURSES:
one course from: ANTH 101, 103, or 104

one course from: ANTH 201 or 240
one course from: ANTH 252, 258, or 332

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 elective courses at the 200-level or above from the list of courses here: Cultural Heritage & Memory Course Requirements)


HEALTH AND CULTURE MINOR & REQUIREMENTS (Minimum of 18 Credits Total)

Anthropology plays a crucial role in fostering a holistic understanding of the human condition that can serve to enhance traditional medical training. The Anthropology Minor in Health and Culture includes courses focusing on the human condition from both biological and cultural perspectives. These courses will collectively facilitate an understanding of the evolutionary and biological underpinnings of health, cultural beliefs about disease and the body, and the social, political, and economic roots of health disparities.The Minor helps prepare students to pursue careers related to human health, including social work, public health, nursing, medical insurance consulting, dentistry, physiotherapy, orthopedics, and medical or veterinary schools.

THREE REQUIRED COURSES:
ANTH 101, ANTH 102, and ANTH 260

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 elective courses at the 200-level or above from the list of courses here: Health & Culture Course Requirements)

   
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