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Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Mississippi

B.A. in Anthropology

Anthropology offers two undergraduate degree options: a B.A. in anthropology (30 hours) and a minor (18 hours) in anthropology. Both programs are predicated on a four-fields approach and two methods courses. B.A. program in anthropology is designed to give students a robust four-field training in anthropology, including methods. The major requires that students take a four-course sequence designed to provide foundational knowledge in anthropology. Though we do not have a required linguistics course, linguistics is covered in both Anth 303 and 409 and a sociolinguistics course is cross-listed with Modern Languages.  The minor requires that students take 18 hours of coursework, drawing from across the core and elective options.

Students majoring in anthropology take four core courses and choose two methods classes (6 credit hours):

Anth 303 Cultural Anthropology
Anth 304 Biological Anthropology
Anth 305 Archaeology
Anth 409 Anthropological Theory

Methods class include the following courses on campus: Anth 320 (animal use in history), 344, (archaeology technology), 405 (human osteology), 406 (methods in ethnohistory), 407 (methods in ethnography), 408 (lab methods), 412 (ceramic analysis), and 413 (public archaeology). Methods courses off campus include: Anth 335 (archaeology field session), 390 (bioarchaeology abroad), 391 (archaeology abroad), 392 (field study in the Andes), and 393 (ethnographic methods abroad).

Catalog Description

Overview | Degree Requirements

Anthropology is the comparative study of human culture. The department offers a broad range of courses dealing with human evolution, the culture of peoples from around the world and through time, biological and cultural human adaptation, and archaeology.

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

General Education Requirements

See the ‘General Education/Core Curriculum‘ for the School of Liberal Arts.

Course Requirements

A major in anthropology for the B.A. degree requires 30 semester hours, including Anth 303, 304, 305, and 409, and a total of 6 hours selected from one of the following methods courses: Anth 320, 335, 390, 391, 392, 393, 405, 406, 407, 408, 412 and 413.

Other Academic Requirements

An anthropology major may minor in sociology and vice versa.