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Department of Anthropology

Anthropology Major (B.A.)

Program objectives for a B.A. in Anthropology are to: (a) comprehend fundamental principles in the core subfields of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics; (b) understand evidence of human origins and prehistory, and the interactions between culture and biology in human evolution and contemporary human variation; (c) grasp the concept of culture and its adaptive value, forces of culture change, and the implications of culture change; Gain knowledge of distinct ethnographic contexts; (d) learn about contemporary anthropological theory and basic research methods; (e) learn to organize and synthesize supporting data from multiple sources, and critically evaluate information through structured essays, oral presentations, and class participation; (f) assess critically core constructs, theories, methods and application in anthropological works; (g) develop the ability to write concisely and logically through essays and reports, and to practice proper grammar, composition, and citation; (h) demonstrate clear and effective communication skills for debating positions, and for informing and persuading audiences through participation in class discussion and oral presentations; (i) apprehend major social and cultural concerns, and gain a comparative and non-ethnocentric knowledge of the world's communities; (j) appreciate anthropological research ethics, and the value of civic and moral engagement; (k) experience opportunities for engagement through enhanced learning options, such as community-based research, service learning, internships, and study-abroad programs.

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements.

B. College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (12-16 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements.

C. The Major (30 hours)

Completion of 30 semester hours in anthropology courses including ANTH 1100, 1200, 3200, 4065; and 18 additional upper division semester hours.

D. Electives

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

E. Honors Program

The Department of Anthropology offers an honors program in anthropology to the superior anthropology student who desires a more intensive approach to and knowledge of the discipline, a deeper understanding of research skills, and an opportunity for original criticism and analysis. To be eligible a student must (a) have the approval of the Department Chair, (b) be an anthropology major, (c) have attained at least junior standing, (d) have completed successfully ANTH 1100, 1200, and one upper-division anthropology course, (e) have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in overall studies, (f) have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 in anthropology, (g) have completed four honors courses in anthropology (at least one of which must be an independent study culminating in a research paper/thesis or research report) and a minimum of six hours in honors courses outside anthropology. Those students who complete the program and the regular college requirements will be recognized at the commencement ceremony by having their degree conferred, “With Honors in Anthropology.” Moreover the student’s diploma and the record at the University of Memphis will reflect this accomplishment. Details of the program are available at the Department of Anthropology office.

Anthropology Minor

Completion of 18 semester hours in anthropology courses, including ANTH 1100, 1200, 3200, and 4065.

Typical 4-Year Anthropology Sequence

Freshman Year

ANTH 1100 3 ANTH 1200 3
ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
MATH* 3-4 Nat. Sci./Math/B.A. 3-4
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
Elective 3 Humanities/Fine Arts* 3
Semester Totals 15-16 hrs   15-16 hrs

Sophomore Year

ANTH 3200 3 History* 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 Fine Arts * 3
Natural Science* 4 Natural Science* 4
History* 3 UD elective 3
Semester Totals 16 hrs   16 hrs

Junior Year

UD ANTH 3 ANTH 4065 3
COMM 2381 3 UD ANTH 3
Elective 3 UD elective 3
UD elective 3 Elective 3
UD ANTH 3 Elective 3
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

Humanities/B.A. 3 UD ANTH 3
Elective 3 UD elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 4
UD elective 3    
Semester Totals 15 hrs   13 hrs
Total Hours: 120-122

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

Course Descriptions

College of Arts and Sciences

Aerospace Studies (AERO)
African and African American Studies (AAAS)
Anthropology (ANTH)
Biology (BIOL)
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Chemistry (CHEM)
City and Regional Planning (PLAN)
Computer Science (COMP)
Criminology and Criminal Justice (CJUS)
Earth Sciences (ESCI)
English (ENGL)
Emergency Management (EMGT)
Environmental Studies (ENVR)
Health Administration (HADM)
History (HIST)
International Studies (INTL)
Judaic Studies (JDST)
Mathematics (MATH)
Military Science (ARMY)
Naval Science (NAVY)
Philosophy (PHIL)
Physics (PHYS)
Political Science (POLS)
Public and Nonprofit Administration (PADM)
Psychology (PSYC)
Religious Studies (RLGN)
Social Work (SWRK)
Sociology (SOCI)
Women's Studies (WMST)

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Arabic (ARAB)
Chinese (CHIN)
Classics (CLAS)
French (FREN)
German (GERM)
Greek (GREK)
Hebrew (HEBR)
Italian (ITAL)
Japanese (JAPN)
Languages and Literature (LALI)
Latin (LATN)
Portuguese (PORT)
Russian (RUSS)
Spanish (SPAN)

Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Accountancy (ACCT)
Business Administration (BA)
Economics (ECON)
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIR)
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Management (MGMT)
Marketing (MKTG))
Supply Chain Management Science (SCMS)

College of Communication and Fine Arts

Architecture (ARCH)
Art (ART)
Art History (ARTH)
Communication (COMM)
Communication/Fine Arts (CCFA)
Dance (DANC)
Interior Design (IDES)
Journalism (JOUR)
Theatre (THEA)


Applied Music (MUAP)
Music Appreciation (MUS)
Music Education (MUSE)
Music History, Literature, and Appreciation (MUHL)
Music Industry (MUID)
Music Theory and Composition (MUTC)
Sacred Music (MUSA)

College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research

Counseling and Personnel Services (COUN)
Educational Psychology and Research (EDPR)

Health and Sport Sciences

Dietetics (NUTR)
Health and Human Performance (EXSS)
Health and Sport Sciences (HMSE)
Healthcare Leadership (HCL)
Health Promotion (HPRO)
Physical Education Activities (PHED)
Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)
Sport and Leisure Commerce (SLC)
Sport and Leisure Management (SLS)

Instruction and Curriculum Leadership

Early Childhood Education (ECED)
Educational Services (EDSV)
Elementary Education (ELED)
Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL)
Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)
Leadership (LEAD)
Reading (RDNG)
Special Education (SPED)

Herff College of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering (BIOM)
Civil Engineering (CIVL)
Electrical and Computer Engineering (EECE)
Engineering (ENGR)
Mechanical Engineering (MECH)
Technology (TECH)

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Nursing (NURS)

University College

Family and Consumer Science (CSED)
Merchandising (MRCH)
Paralegal Studies (LEGL)
University College (UNIV)

Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management

Hospitality and Resort Management (HPRM)

Independent Programs

Orientation Program (ACAD)
University Honors Program (UNHP)
University of Memphis Libraries (LBRY)

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