BA with a Major in Anthropology

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Anthropology degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements35-36
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours84-85
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
ANTH 101World Cultures: Introduction to Social Anthropology a,b3
ANTH 102Introduction to Archaeology a,c4
ANTH 105Human Evolution d,e4
Select one of the following courses in physical anthropology:3-4
Fossil Humans
Biological Bases and Evolution of Human Behavior
The Human Skeleton
Biology of Women
Select one of the following courses in archaeology:3
Method and Theory in Archaeology
Old World Archaeology I
Archaeology of North America
Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America
Ancient Civilizations of South America
Select one of the following courses in ethnography: f3
The First Americans
American Indian Religion and Philosophy
North American Indians
Ethnography of Southeast Asia
Ethnography of Africa
South American Indians
Pacific Island Cultures
Ethnography of Meso-America
Brazil: A Multi-Ethnic Society
South Asian Cultures and Societies
China and Japan: Society and Culture
Ethnography of North Africa and the Middle East
ANTH 309Writing Culture g3
Four additional anthropology courses, at least two of which must be at the 300- or 400-level12
Total Hours35-36
a

This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.

b

This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category.

c

This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category.

d

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

e

This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category.

f

Students should consult General Education section of the catalog to determine which of the following courses are approved General Education courses.

g

ANTH 309 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

Courses for the major are chosen in consultation with the department’s program advisor. A major interested in a subdiscipline of anthropology (social, physical, archaeological, or linguistic) must arrange a suitable program of electives with an advisor.

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
ANTH 101 World Cultures: Introduction to Social Anthropology a,e 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
ANTH 102 Introduction to Archaeology a,e 4
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours17
Second Year
Fall Semester
ANTH 105 Human Evolution a,e 4
Foreign Language 4
Quantitative Reasoning Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours14-16
Spring Semester
Physical/Archaeology/Ethnography course b 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
 Hours16-18
Third Year
Fall Semester
Physical/Archaeology/Ethnography course b 3-4
ANTH 309 Writing Culture 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 6
 Hours15-16
Spring Semester
Physical/Archaeology/Ethnography course b 3
Anthropology Elective c 3-4
Electives 9
 Hours15-16
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Anthropology Elective c 3-4
Anthropology Elective c 3-4
Electives 8
 Hours14-16
Spring Semester
Anthropology Elective c 3-4
Anthropology Independent Study/Honors Research or Electives d 3-6
Electives 7
 Hours13-17
 Total Hours120
a

Offered fall and spring semesters.

b

One course is required from each of the following three areas: Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, and Ethnography. 200-level courses may be taken in any order, fall or spring semester.

c

ANTH 100 gives credit in the major as an elective only if it is the first course taken in Anthropology. ANTH 100 is offered fall semester only.

d

Recommended, but not required.

e

Two of these courses may be used to satisfy two of the nine courses in the General Education Requirement.