College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2013-2014

Department of Anthropology

Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Archaeology - Emphasis
  • General Anthropology - Emphasis (ending Summer 2014)
  • Sociocultural Anthropology - Emphasis

A degree in Anthropology provides opportunities to study and understand human social, cultural, biological, prehistoric, and language systems. The program features a holistic cross-cultural approach that includes research, fieldwork, and service. Students round out their studies with four terms of language (or via CLEP-demonstrated proficiency).


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of humans and human behavior in the past, present, and future. If you're curious about how humanity evolved, what prehistoric rock art says about the past, how language shapes understanding, or even how to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, then Anthropology might be of interest to you. With a bachelor's degree in anthropology you will gain an enduring understanding of the human condition, which is useful in any career.

The Anthropology Department is creatively engaged in research and application to the study of the behavior, institutions, and the biological makeup of humankind. You can learn ethnographic methods, computer simulation, multimedia production, laboratory science, bioarchaeology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Our labs are state-of-the-art. Not only will you develop the skills of a working anthropologist, but you'll also learn essential career skills like critical thinking, writing, communication and hands-on research. You can take advantage of opportunities to do fieldwork and internships here in Arizona and around the world. This major allows you to specialize in a principal area of anthropology, or provides you the opportunity to take a course of study that includes all four offered fields.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Cultural resource management
  • Land management
  • Museum curation
  • Medical anthropology

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Forensic anthropologist
  • Ethnobotanist
  • Academic professional
  • Museum curator or educator

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • 33-34 units of major requirements
  • At least 16 units of language requirements
  • 18-21 units in a minor (18 units or more) or an emphasis (21 units)
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with an ANT prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Highest Mathematics Required STA 270
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Foreign Language Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Research Optional
University Honors Program Optional
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Major Requirements
  • For any of these emphases, you may, with faculty advisor approval, take ANT 408, ANT 485, ANT 497, or ANT 499 in addition to (or instead of) choosing courses from the 9 units listed in each emphasis area.
Minor Requirements
  • If you choose a Minor (rather than an Emphasis):

  • You must complete a minor of at least 18 units from those described in this catalog. In consultation with your advisor, you should select a minor that's appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs. Your minor advisor will advise you about this part of your academic plan.
Foreign Language Requirement
  • You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP exams. 

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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