Advising for the Anthropology Major
The Anthropology Major is organized to help students progress from building an understanding of the field of anthropology to developing the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake independent anthropological research. The foundation of the major is a three-course introductory sequence: Anth 110: Cultural Anthropology; Anth 120: World Prehistory; and Anth 140: Biological Anthropology. Majors should take all three as early as possible, and preferably in their Freshman year.
There are three tracks through the Anthropology Major, each with its own set of methods and topical courses, as shown in the table below. Majors should try to complete the 200-level Methods course group in their track by the end of their Sophomore year, and must complete them prior to their senior experience.
|Cultural Anthropology Track||
|Biological Anthropology Track|
Anth 207 or
3 upper-division Anthropology electives
2 upper- division Anthropology electives
2 upper-division Anthropology electives
2 Biology electives (at least one lab course)
1 additional science elective
|Advanced||One 500-level seminar||One 500-level seminar, preferably Anth 520||Anth 540|
Linguistic Anthropology: Students interested in specializing in Linguistic Anthropology should follow the Cultural track requirements, taking Anth 210 in their sophomore year, Anth 330 Language and Culture or Anth 331 Introduction to Sociolinguistics also in their sophomore year, followed by Anth 430 Methods in Linguistic Anthropology, and Anth 530 Topics in Linguistic Anthropology or Anth 531 Semiotics for their advanced seminar requirement.
*Or an approved field archaeology experience
**Ethnomusicology courses taught by Prof. Sonja Downing (listed under Musicology) also count as 300-level electives for Anthropology majors.
The Senior Experience for Anthropology majors is a two-course sequence, Anth 501: Research Questions and Anth 601: Research Design, which prepare students for conducting independent research. Students may take Anth 501 in either the fall term of their senior year, or the spring term of their junior year. All students take Anth 601 in the winter term of their Senior year.
In addition to the formal course requirements we highly encourage students to study abroad for at least one term. Off-campus study programs with fieldwork experiences for Anthropology majors include: The London Centre, and ACM programs in India, Shanghai, Tanzania, Botswana, Senegal, Jordan, Costa Rica, and Australia. The ACM Chicago program in urban studies is also a great option for Anthropology majors.
For more information, contact the program chair: Brenda Jenike, Associate Professor of Anthropology
For specific questions regarding the Archaeology track, contact Peter Peregrine, Professor of Anthropology
For specific questions regarding the Biological Anthropology track, contact Mark Jenike, Associate Professor of Anthropology
For specific questions regarding Linguistic Anthropology, contact Lavanya Proctor, Assistant Professor of Anthropology