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Anthropology, B.A.

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The BA/BS/Minor will give students the opportunity to earn a full major/minor in the field of anthropology. Students who obtain this degree will a) develop anthropological knowledge, enabling them to analyze trends in culture and society, b) methodological competence, learning to apply anthropological methods for learning about cultural/ideological differences and navigating them in daily life, and c) essential skills, written and spoken communication, analytic reading and writing, building rapport with people from different backgrounds. The Minor in Anthropology will allow students pursuing other majors to earn a credential that suggests critical thinking skills, writing ability, and cultural sensitivity.

 Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 36 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Contexts (5)  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877  (3)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3)  
Complete the following: 
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values  3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness  2
or EXSC 1097 Fitness for Life (2)  
Distribution Courses:
  Biology  3
  Physical Science 3
  ANTH 101G Social/Cultural Anthropology  3
  ANTH 1020 Biological Anthropology 3
  Humanities Distribution (Fulfilled with Foreign Language 2020/202G course) 4
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 18 Credits
  ANTH 103G World Prehistory 3
  ANTH 2880 Introduction to Theory and Ethnography WE 3
  ANTH 3000 Language and Culture 3
  ANTH 3850 Ethnographic Methods WE 3
  ANTH 4120 History of Anthropological Thought 3
  ANTH 4130 Contemporary Theory and Debates 3
  Anthropology Electives: Any anthropology elective numbered 3000 or higher 18
Elective Requirements:   48 Credits
  Language Requirement 12
  Any course numbered 3000 or higher 10
  Any course numbered 1000 or higher 26

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits, 40 of which must be 3000 level or higher.
  2. Minimum UVU GPA of 2.0 upon graduation.
  3. Residency hours--minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Note: Please see department advisor for an explanation of all program requirements, a list of recommended classes, and for assistance with creating an academic plan for graduation.

Note: If a student has completed an associate degree through another institution, the required general education courses may be waived.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
Elective (MAT 1010 recommended here if needed) 3
EXSC 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Fine Arts GE 3
Elective   3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ANTH 101G Introduction to Social Cultural Anthropology 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research  3
Mathematics GE 3
Biology GE   3
Language 1 4
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
ANTH 1020 Biological Anthropology 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
ANTH 2880 Introduction to Theory and Ethnography 3
Language 2   4
Elective   2
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
ANTH 103G World Prehistory 3
Physical Science GE 3
Elective   3
American Institution GE 3
Language 3   4
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
ANTH  3000 Language and Culture 3
ANTH Elective   3
ANTH Elective   3
Foreign Language 202G 4
Upper Division Elective 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
ANTH 3850 Ethnographic Methods WE 3
ANTH Elective   3
ANTH Elective   3
Upper Division Elective 4
Elective   3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
ANTH 4120 History of Anthropological Thought  3
ANTH Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Elective    3
Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
ANTH 4130 Contemporary Theory and Debates 3
ANTH  Elective 3
Elective  3
Elective 3
  Semester total: 12
  Degree total: 120


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