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B.A. in Anthropology

Contact Person:
Hadley Kruczek-Aaron, Associate Professor and Chair
118B MacVicar Hall, (315) 267-2072, kruczehf@potsdam.edu

38-39 credit hours required.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses (Credits 29)
ANTH 201 Human Origins (4 credits)
ANTH 202 Cultural Anthropology (4 credits)
ANTH 203 Language and Culture (4 credits)
ANTH 204 Archaeology (4 credits)
ANTH 305 Applying Anthropology
ANTH 391 Anthropological Theory
ANTH 393 Professionalism in Anthropology
ANTH 480 Senior Seminar (4 credits)

Electives (Credits 9-10)
6 credit hours of anthropology electives (3 credit hours must be at the upper division); 3 credit hours in anthropology at the 400-level.

The elective courses a student takes to complete the major will be chosen in consultation with the adviser.

Recommended Coursework Outside the Major
The Department of Anthropology encourages majors to work closely with their advisers in planning coursework to satisfy postgraduate objectives.

Study Abroad Opportunities
The Department of Anthropology encourages students to study abroad as one of the best ways to achieve understanding of other cultures. Special opportunities are available to complete part of the requirements for the anthropology major through programs of study abroad. For example, students may choose archaeology or cultural anthropology in Puebla, Mexico; women and development in Ghana; aboriginal studies in Australia; or Irish studies in Cork, Ireland, to name just a few of the places where students can study wholly or partly in English. The Office of International Education provides information about overseas study and assists students with planning their programs abroad.

Senior Seminar
The Department of Anthropology believes that all students who graduate with an anthropology major should have had an experience with another culture or anthropological task-something beyond a library term paper. Though not all students can be expected to do extracurricular activities while a major, they can at least be asked to prepare through coursework for the anthropological  experience. A portion of Senior Seminar is dedicated for speaking and writing reflectively as an anthropologist to come to grips intellectually and emotionally with the experience.

Special Notes

  1. The Department of Anthropology requires that students earn a minimum grade of 2.0/S* in all courses counted toward the major.
  2. No student may repeat a Department of Anthropology course more than two times without written permission of the instructor, the department chair and the dean.
  3. Students may only “double-count” two courses for an additional major or minor.