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 Requirements32-38
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours82-88
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 c,d4
ANTH 105Human Evolution c,d4
ANTH 309Writing Culture e3
Six additional anthropology courses, at least two of which must be at the 300- or 400-level18-24
Total Hours32-38

Courses for the major are chosen in consultation with the department’s program advisor. A major interested in a subdiscipline of anthropology (sociocultural, biological, or archaeological) 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,d 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,d 4
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours17
Second Year
Fall Semester
ANTH 105 Human Evolution a,d 4
Foreign Language 4
Quantitative Reasoning Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours14-16
Spring Semester
ANTH 309 Writing Culture 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
Anthropology Elective b 3-4
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 9
 Hours15-16
Spring Semester
Anthropology Elective b 3
Anthropology Elective b 3-4
Electives 9
 Hours15-16
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Anthropology Elective b 3-4
Anthropology Elective b 3-4
Electives 8
 Hours14-16
Spring Semester
Anthropology Elective b 3-4
Anthropology Independent Study/Honors Research or Electives c 3-6
Electives 7
 Hours13-17
 Total Hours120