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Anthropology Major

The anthropology major provides you with a firm grounding in social theory and the comparative study of human diversity through time and in different world regions. Course offerings provide introductions to three of the four sub-disciplines of anthropology (sociocultural, biocultural, and archaeological anthropology; linguistics is not currently being offered) and a number of area surveys, supplemented by seminars on anthropological theory and more specialized topics. Elective courses allow you to tailor your major to particular intellectual or career goals, as do independent studies. Many of the upper level courses can be directed to specific regions if you are interested in a particular region of the world.

Anthropology is particularly exciting for those students who want active engagement with their studies. All majors complete a methods requirement involving independent research. Student projects may involve interviewing informants for family histories, researching archives on historical topics, studying ethnic performances or festivals, or a myriad of other possibilities.

Major Requirements

To graduate with a major in Anthropology, majors must complete a minimum of 10 courses.

  • Introductory Cultural Anthropology (ANT 101)
  • One approved course in biocultural anthropology (102, 271, 272, 273, 275, 335, 340)
  • One approved course in archaeology (108, 207, 208, 251)
  • Theory in Anthropology (370)
  • One methods course (371, 372, 374, 375, 377)
  • Senior Colloquium in Anthropology (490)
  • Four additional courses (at least two numbered 300 or above). ENV 375 can count for one of the four additional courses.

No course can count for more than one category. Normally, seven of the 10 major courses should be taken in residence at the college. A maximum of three 100-level courses and two independent studies may count toward fulfillment of major requirements. Courses taken at another institution may be applied to major requirements with prior written permission. Note that ANT 498 and ANT 499 are in addition to major requirements for honors candidates.

College policy is that Pass/Fail courses taken at Davidson may not be applied toward the major without departmental approval. Please consult the study abroad page for study abroad considerations.