B.A. in Anthropology

Contact Person:
Alan L. Hersker, Chair
129B MacVicar, (315) 267-2720, herskeal@potsdam.edu

38-39 credit hours required.

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

Required Courses

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)



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.

The following types of experiences are among those considered to be preparation for this part of the Senior Seminar:



Archaeology Field School (ANTH 315 or ANTH 415)

Physical Anthropology Field Schools



ANTH 490 Internship in Anthropology,

ANTH 491 Internship in Applied Anthropology, or

ANTH 470 Museum Internship        



Travel abroad in a College-approved study program.        

Language Training


Completion of a Spanish or French speaking/writing course beyond the 103 level.

A semester of a third language, such as Mohawk, Arabic or Chinese.  Bilingualism is considered to be appropriate preparation.

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.