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    Anthropology

    Anthropology is the study of people in their cultural context and the examination of all aspects of patterned social behavior. The discipline is worldwide in scope and encompasses all aspects of human, biological, and social life from earliest times to the present. It is a broad, holistic field that seeks to understand human adaptation to natural and social environments.

    About this Major

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.


    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    Anthropology includes four subfields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics. Undergraduates may concentrate their studies in one of these four subfields or pursue a focus in an interdisciplinary track with another major or minor. A Bachelor of Arts is earned in anthropology rather than in any one subfield.

    A BA in anthropology provides students with a broad-based liberal arts education and prepares students to work in an increasingly complex world. Anthropology BA students learn about different groups of people, their prehistory, and their biological and cultural diversity through disciplines that combine social science, natural science, and the humanities. Many undergraduate anthropology majors go on to graduate school in the social sciences, while others use anthropology to prepare themselves for professional careers in other disciplines. In a world of increasing globalization and need for effective international relations and understanding, anthropology is a highly relevant liberal arts and sciences major for students interested in pursuing careers in business, education, government, health, and law.

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    Coursework for the Major

    The major requires a minimum of 34 semester credits in anthropology and 3 credits of statistics.  All coursework must be completed with minimum grades of C. A minimum of 18 credits of anthropology coursework must be completed at UF.

    Required Coursework


    Anthropology Core Courses (16 credits)
    • ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology, 3 credits
    • ANT 2140 Introduction to World Archaeology, 3 credits
    • ANT 3514C Introduction to Biological Anthropology, 4 credits
    • ANT 3620 Language and Culture, 3 credits
    • ANT 4931 Anthropology Capstone, 3 credits

    Anthropology B.A. Electives (18 credits)

    • Of the Anthropology electives, 9 credits must be 3000 level and above and 6 credits must be 4000 level. The remaining 3 credits can be at any level.

    Related Coursework

    • STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1, 3 credits

    There are no prerequisites for 2000-level courses. Students in the honors program may take honors sections of any offered anthropology class. Any student at the sophomore level and above with the appropriate prerequisites or permission of the instructor may enroll in cross-listed graduate-level courses. Students are encouraged to take courses that address theory and method in the discipline, in addition to survey courses and area studies.

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    Overseas Studies

    Students concentrating in any subfield, particularly cultural anthropology and/or archaeology, are also encouraged to complete either an ethnographic study abroad program or an archaeological field school before their senior year.

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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 anthropology course
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 1 additional anthropology course or STA 2023
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 1 additional anthropology course
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S).

    Semester 1 Credits
    ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology
    GE-S and D
    3
    Biological or Physical Science
    State Core GE-B or P
    3
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Foreign language 3-5
    Elective 2-3
    Total 14-17
    Semester 2 Credits
    ANT 2140 Introduction to World Archaeology 3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    Foreign language
    3-5
    Mathematics
    State Core GE-M
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S, ANT 2000 recommended
    3
    Total 15-17
    Semester 3 Credits
    ANT 3514C Introduction to Biological Anthropology
    GE-B
    4
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    Biological or Physical Science
    Area not taken in semester 1, GE-B or GE-P
    3
    Elective
    Or foreign language if 4-3-3 option
    3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Total 16
    Semester 4 Credits
    ANT 3620 Language and Culture
    GE-S and N

    3
    Electives
    6
    Humanities
    GE-H
    3
    Physical Science
    GE-P
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    Anthropology electives
    Two, at 3000 level or above
    6
    Composition
    ENC 3254 or ANT 3860 recommended; GE-C; WR
    3
    Electives 6
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    Anthropology electives
    One at 3000 level or above; one at 4000 level
    6
    Elective 3
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    Anthropology elective
    One at 4000 level
    3
    ​Anthropology elective
    1000-4000 level, or elective if ANT 2000 taken as State Core GE-S
    3​
    Elective 3
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    ANT 4931 Anthropology Capstone 3
    Electives 6
    Electives
    3000 level or above, not in major
    6
    Total      15
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    Related Anthropology Programs

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