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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.

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

    Overview

    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.

    The anthropology major has two different programs: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science. Coursework for the major will depend upon the program, both of which are flexible. Both degrees are earned in anthropology rather than in any one subfield.

    Students who are uncertain of a program should contact the Department of Anthropology's undergraduate coordinator for information and curriculum planning.

    The B.A. in anthropology provides students with a broad-based liberal arts education and prepares students to work in an increasingly complex world. B.A. majors 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.

    The B.S. in anthropology provides students with a degree option that blends their interest in basic science with the holistic lens of anthropology. B.S. majors engage in anthropology through coursework, lab and field-based research, and outreach. A grounding in scientific-based research, community initiatives, and multicultural skillsets enable our students to address pressing needs in both local and global contexts. For example, students often participate in independent and collaborative initiatives on and off campus and receive pre-graduate training in life sciences, health-related disciplines, natural history, and/or archaeological science fields. A B.S. in anthropology will encourage students to develop STEM-based skill sets and enhance scientific inquiry to address salient anthropological issues. This degree inevitably draws upon multidisciplinary fields including anatomy, biology, chemistry, ecology, engineering, genetics, geology, physics, mathematics, statistics, zoology, and botany.

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    Coursework for the Major

    Both the B.A. and the B.S. require a minimum of 34 semester credits in anthropology and all coursework must be completed with minimum grades of C. A minimum of 18 credits of anthropology coursework must be completed at UF.

    For the BS degree, all required anthropology, and required related coursework must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

    Required Coursework for the B.A.

    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.
    • 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.
    • Related Coursework for the B.A.

      • STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1, 3 credits

      Required Coursework for the B.S. (complete with a minimum 2.5 GPA)

      Anthropology Core Courses (16 credits)

      • ANT 2140 Introduction to World Archaeology, 3 credits
      • ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology, 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.S. Electives (18 credits)

      The remaining 18 credits must be from these courses:

      • ANT 3186 Introduction to Zooarchaeology
      • ANT 3515 Human Evolutionary Anatomy
      • ANT 4113 Experimental Archaeology
      • ANT 4114 Principles of Archaeology
      • ANT 4147C Environmental Archaeology
      • ANT 4468 Health and Disease in Human Evolution
      • ANT 4525 Human Osteology and Osteometry
      • ANT 4530 Seminar in Molecular Anthropology
      • ANT 4531 Molecular Genetics of Disease
      • ANT 4551 Primate Cognition
      • ANT 4552 Primate Behavior
      • ANT 4554C Primate Evolution
      • ANT 4586 Human Evolution
      • ANT 4740 Introduction to Forensic Science
      • ANT 4824 Archaeological Field School (Max. 6 credits)
      • ANT 4907 Research Projects in Anthropology
      • ANT 4911 Undergraduate Research in Anthropology
      • ANT 4914 Department Honors in Anthropology
      • ANT 4930 Special Topics in Anthropology: Biological or Archaeological Sciences. Students should consult with the Undergraduate Coordinator for approved special topics courses.

       

      Related Coursework for the B.S. (complete with a minimum 2.5 GPA)

      Related Foundation Coursework (14-17 credits)

      • STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics, 3 credits

      In addition to STA 2023, three of the following four sequences are required.

      • Biology: BSC 2010/2010L Integrated Principles of Biology 1 and Laboratory and BSC 2011/2011L Integrated Principles of Biology 2 and Laboratory, 8 credits
      • Chemistry: CHM 2045/2045L General Chemistry 1 and Laboratory and CHM 2046/2046L General Chemistry 2 and Laboratory, 8 credits
      • Physics: PHY 2053/2053L Physics 1 and Laboratory and PHY 2054/2054L Physics 2 and Laboratory, 10 credits -or- PHY 2048/2048L Physics with Calculus 1 and Laboratory and PHY 2049/2049L Physics with Calculus 2 and Laboratory, 8 credits
      • Mathematics: MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1, 4 credits -or- STA 3024 Introduction to Statistics 2, 3 credits

      Related Science Core Coursework (6-8 credits)

      • Ecology: PCB 4043, 4 credits
      • Evolution: PCB 4674, 4 credits
      • Genetics: AGR 3303, 3 credits or PCB 3063, 4 credits
      • BSC 4936 Critical Analysis of Biological Research, 2 credits
      • GEO 2200 and GEO 2200L Physical Geography and Physical Geography Laboratory, 4 credits
      • GLY 2010C Physical Geology, 4 credits -or- GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographical Information Systems, 4 credits
      • GLY 2100C Historical Geology or GLY 3105C Evolution of Earth and Life in America, 4 credits
      • SWS 3022 and 3022L Introduction to Soils in the Environment and Laboratory, 4 credits
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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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      Relevant Minors and/or Certificates

      The department encourages students pursuing the B.A. to choose a minor or an interdisciplinary certificate option in African studies, Asian studies, environmental studies, Jewish studies, Latin American studies, linguistics or women's studies. Relevant courses in anthropology may be used to fulfill some requirements.

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      Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

      Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

      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).

      To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

      This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

      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
      ANT 2000 recommended; State Core GE-S
      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 BA electives
      Two; 3000 level or above
      6
      Composition
      ENC 3254 or ANT 3860 recommended; GE-C, WR
      3
      Electives 6
      Total 15
      Semester 6 Credits
      Anthropology BA electives, two
      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 BA elective
      One at 4000 level
      3
      ​Anthropology BA 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 Capstone in Anthropology 3
      Electives 6
      Electives
      3000 level or above, not in major
      6
      Total 15
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      Bachelor of Science in Anthropology

      Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

      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

      • 2.5 UF GPA required

      Semester 2

      • Complete 1 anthropology course and 1 related foundation course
      • 2.5 UF GPA required

      Semester 3

      • Complete 1 additional anthropology course or STA 2023 and 1 additional related foundation course
      • 2.5 UF GPA required

      Semester 4

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

      Semester 5

      • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
      • 2.5 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).

      To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

      This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

      Semester 1 Credits
      ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology
      GE-S and D
      3
      CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
      CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
      State Core GE-P
      4
      Composition
      State Core GE-C
      3
      Mathematics
      MAC1147 or higher recommended for Chemistry sequence; State Core GE-M
      3-4
      Total 13-14
      Semester 2 Credits
      ANT 3514C Introduction to Biological Anthropology
      GE-B
      4
      CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2, 3 credits, and
      CHM 2046L General Chemistry 2 Laboratory, 1 credit
      GE-P
      4
      IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
      GE-H
      3
      STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
      GE-M
      3
      Total 14
      Semester 3 Credits
      ANT 2140 Introduction to World Archaeology
      3
      BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
      BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1, 1 credit
      GE-B
      4
      MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1, if not taken Semester 1, or
      STA 3024 Introduction to Statistics 2
      3-4
      Foreign Language
      3-5
      Total 13-16
      Semester 4 Credits
      ANT 3620 Language and Culture
      GE-S and N
      3
      BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2, 3 credits, and
      BSC 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2, 1 credit
      4
      Foreign Language 3-5
      Social and Behavioral Sciences
      State Core GE-S
      3
      Total 14
      Semester 5 Credits
      Anthropology BS electives, two
      6
      Composition
      ENC 3254 or ANT 3860 recommended; GE-C, WR
      3
      Electives (if needed, or foreign language, if 4-3-3 option)
      8
      Total 17
      Semester 6 Credits
      Anthropology BS electives, two
      6
      Humanities
      State Core GE-H
      3
      ​Electives 5​
      Electives
      3000 level or above, not in major
      3
      Total 17
      Semester 7 Credits
      Anthropology BS electives, two
      6
      ​Related Science Core Course ​3-4
      Electives
      3000 level or above, not in major
      5
      Humanities
      GE-H
      3
      Total 17-18
      Semester 8 Credits
      ANT 4931 Capstone in Anthropology 3
      Related Science Core Course 3-4
      Electives
      3000 level or above, not in major, if needed
      10
      Total 16-17
      One of three required foundation coursework sequences (BSC 2010, 2010L and BSC 2011, 2011L; CHM 2045, 2045L and CHM 2046, 2046L; and MAC2311 or STA3024) can be substituted with either Physics 1 and 2 and Laboratories (PHY 2053, 2053L and PHY 2054 and 2054L) or Physics with Calculus 1 and 2 and Laboratories (PHY 2048, 2048L and PHY 2049, 2049L)
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