Solve mysteries. Examine cultures. Study behavior and histories. You’ll do that here.

An anthropology option offers students a holistic study of humanity, both past and present. Our program focuses on anthropological methods, theory, and practice with a focus on the interaction between human culture, biology, and the environment. 

What to Expect

As an anthropology student at Southeast, you’ll receive training in all subfields of the discipline: sociocultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology.

  • Engage with qualified faculty who work with students in a small class environment. Our faculty specialize in areas such as forensic anthropology, mortuary analysis, youth social movements, and underwater archaeology.
  • Gain hands-on research in archaeology, biological anthropology, and ethnography, including real-world lab experiences in archaeology and forensic anthropology.
  • Prepare for advanced graduate studies.

"Having the opportunity to be a part of an active case has given me invaluable experience that I will be able to build on through graduate school and into a career. This experience has confirmed my passion for this field in giving individuals their identity back and bringing closure to families.” 

-Ariel Morrow ’21

Outcomes & Careers

  • 85%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of History and Anthropology report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $95k

    Anthropology & Archaeology Teachers

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for anthropology and archaeology postsecondary teachers is $95,140.

  • $67K

    Anthropologists & Archeologists

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for anthropologists and archaeologists is $66,810.

  • $78k

    Urban Planner

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an urban planner is $77,750. 

What You'll Study

The Anthropology curriculum includes 49 hours specific to this major. Students are also expected to complete a minimum of 120 required credits, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Global Cultures & Languages Core
(49 Hours – Minor Required)

Required Courses:

  • AN101 Observing Cultures (3)
  • AN181 Intro to Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • PS104 Comparative Political Systems (3)
  • 9 Hours of Same Foreign Language (9)

Choose 3 Hours From:

  • FR220 French Literature (3)
  • GN220 German Literature (3)
  • SN220 Hispanic Literature (3)
  • LI220 Fiction & the Human Experience (3)

Choose 3 Hours From:

  • GG150 Peoples & Places of the World (3)
  • Other Foreign Language (3)

Anthropology Option Courses

Required Courses:

  • AN182 Introduction to Archaeology (3)
  • AN183 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (4)
  • AN493 Anthropology Theory Seminar: Cultural/Linguistics (3)

Choose 9 Hours:

  • AN317 Ethnographic Field Methods (3)
  • AN341 Intro to Linguistic Anthro (3)
  • AN380 Human Evolution & Adaptations (3)
  • AN382 Archaeology: Method & Theory (3)

Choose 6 Hours:

  • AN313 Archaeology Fieldwork (3)
  • AN319 Archaeology Lab (3)
  • AN333 Applied Anthropology (3)
  • AN355 Special Topics in Anthropology (3)
  • AN360 Mesoamerican Civilizations (3)
  • AN375 Anthropology of Religion (3)
  • AN381 North American Archaeology (3)
  • AN415 Forensic Anthropology (3)
  • AN551 Historical Archaeology Field School (3)
  • EN486 Sociolinguistics (3)
  • FR306 Contemporary France (3)
  • GN320 German Culture and Civilization (3)
  • GO340 Remote Sensing (3)
  • HP410 Museum Studies (3)
  • SN300 Spanish American Culture (3)
  • UI308 Cultural/Physical Landscapes (3)
  • UI339 North American Indians (3)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • AN183 (4) 
  • FR/GN/SN100 (3) 
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AN181 (3) 
  • AN182 (3)
  • FR/GN/SN120 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AN101 (3) 
  • FR/GN/SN200 (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • FR/GN/SN220 (3) 
  • AN Elective (3)
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AN341 (3) 
  • AN382 (3) 
  • PS104 (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AN Elective (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Minor Course/Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AN317 (3) 
  • GG150/Foreign Language (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AN380 (3) 
  • AN493 (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

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