BA in Anthropology

Program Requirements

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the BA in anthropology. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program and the requirements of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students must meet the following requirements:

A major in anthropology consists of at least 30 credit hours.

Course Title Hours
General Education
Select courses to meet General Education requirements 134-35
College Requirements
Select courses to complete all LAS Competency Areas 136
Required Anthropology Courses
ANTH 101Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 102Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 103Introduction to Archaeology3
Select one upper-level biological anthropology course from the following3
Human Variability and Adaptation
Paleoanthropology and Human Paleontology
Human Osteology
Select one upper-level cultural anthropology course from the following3
World Cultures
Psychological Anthropology
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion
Ecological Anthropology
Law, Politics and Society
The Indians of North America
Medical Anthropology
Women in Other Cultures
Select one upper-level archaeology course from the following3
World Archaeology
Archaeology of North America
The Indians of the United States: Conquest and Survival
Indians of the Great Plains
Archaeology of the Great Plains
ANTH 647Theories of Culture (all majors must take a course in method and theory)3
Select an additional 9 credit hours of electives which can be distributed across catalog listings for anthropology to match the student’s interest in a particular sub-discipline(s)9
Additional Requirement
An additional requirement for the program, beyond the 30 credit hours for the major, includes a statistics course such as one of the following or equivalent 23
Psychological Statistics
Introduction to Social Statistics
Elementary Statistics
Open Electives
Select enough electives to reach 120 credit hours16-17
Total Credit Hours120

Required major courses may also count towards General Education and/or LAS Competencies. Students will need to select additional electives to reach 120 credit hours required for graduation with assistance from an advisor.


Students in the field major are not required to meet the statistics additional requirement.

A maximum of 6 credit hours of certain coursework in related departments can be counted toward an anthropology major if the student meets discipline-specific requirements and if approved by a committee of the anthropology department faculty.

Applied Learning

Students in the BA in anthropology are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by the fieldwork component in all introductory courses ( ANTH 101, ANTH 102 or ANTH 103). Fieldwork is integral to all four fields of anthropology, namely biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology and archaeology. As an applied dimension, the exposure to fieldwork methods is central to those undergraduate courses, which students have to take in order to meet the graduation requirements. However, not all courses may have an explicit research experience module.