Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

B.A. in Anthropology

Anthropology is the holistic study of humanity – our cultures, biologies, and environments in both past and contemporary contexts. Our discipline can be practiced anywhere people are present, from urban centers to the most remote places on Earth. Professional anthropologists work at universities, crime labs, archaeological field sites, corporate offices, healthcare centers, and more. The Anthropology program at Southeast is founded on a four-field approach that incorporates sociocultural, archaeological, linguistic, and biological perspectives. If you are fascinated by diversity in human life ways, we invite you to explore the learning and career options available to anthropology students.

Archaeology

Archaeology is the study of past human cultures through material remains. Some archaeologists study how our earliest ancestors lived millions of years ago, while others study human culture in the more recent past. Remains of buildings, food, tools, ritual items, art, texts, and other aspects of material culture all contribute to the archaeological reconstruction and interpretation of the human past.

Society for American Archaeology
Anthropology in the News

Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology is the branch of anthropology that specializes in describing, analyzing and understanding the variation among living cultures and the evolutionary processes which result in the vast array of human beliefs and behaviors. Cultural anthropologists’ methods include extended fieldwork, participant-observation, interviewing, and other qualitative techniques.

Cultural Survival
Cultural Anthropology

Linguistic Anthropology

Linguistic Anthropology is the study of human communication and the ways that it influences and is influenced by culture and society. The ways that human languages are structured and used reveals much about who we are as a species, and how we identify ourselves and form groups. Linguistic Anthropology is founded on the idea that language and culture are inextricably connected – one cannot be truly understood without the other.

Society for Linguistic Anthroplogy

Biological Anthropology

Biological anthropologists study humans as biological beings within a sociocultural framework. Some biological anthropologists studied human skeletal remains from archaeological or forensic contexts. Others study health, genetics, and other biological processes in living people. Although the nature of biological data collected and analyzed by biological anthropologists is diverse, it is always interpreted with reference to sociocultural situations.

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Applied Anthropology

Applied Anthropology is the practice of using the theory, methods, and insights of the various branches of anthropology to identify and address current social issues and problems. Applied anthropologists often work in nonacademic settings (governmental and nongovernmental organizations, advocacy groups and agencies, business, industry, etc.) and make use of the research from all branches of anthropology.

Society for Applied Anthropology

Global Cultures and Languages Core

Minor Required

  • AN 101 Observing Cultures (3)
  • AN 181 Intro to Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • PS 104 Comparative Political Systems (3)
  • 9 Hours of Same Foreign Language (9)

Choose 3 hours from

  • FR 220 French Literature (3)
  • GN 220 German Literature (3)
  • SN 220 Hispanic Literature (3)
  • LI 220 Fiction and the Human Experience (3)

Choose 3 hours from

  • GG 150 Peoples and Places of the World (3)
  • Other Foreign Language (3)

Anthropology Option Courses

Required Courses

  • AN 180 Introductory Anthropology: Physical Anthropology/Archaeology (3)
  • AN 317 Ethnographic Field Methods (3)
  • AN 341 Intro to Linguistic Anthropology (3)
  • AN 380 Human Evolution and Adaptations (3)
  • AN 382 Archaeology: Method and Theory (3)
  • AN 493 Anthropology Theory Seminar: Cultural/Linguistics (3)

Choose 6 hours

  • AN 313 Archaeology Fieldwork (3)
  • AN 319 Archaeology Lab (3)
  • AN 333 Applied Anthropology (3)
  • AN 355 Special Topics in Anthropology (3)
  • AN 360 Mesoamerican Civilizations (3)
  • AN 375 Anthropology of Religion (3)
  • AN 381 North American Archaeology (3)
  • AN 415 Forensic Anthropology (3)
  • AN 551 Historical Archaeology Field School (3)
  • EN 486 Sociolinguistics (3)
  • FR 306 Contemporary France (3)
  • GN 320 German Culture and Civilization (3)
  • GO 340 Remote Sensing (3)
  • HP 410 Museum Studies (3)
  • SN 300 Spanish American Culture (3)
  • UI 308 Cultural/Physical Landscapes (3)
  • UI 339 North American Indians (3)

General Education Requirements

Some requirements may be fulfilled by course work in major program

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 3 hours
  • Constitution requirement – 3 hours
  • US History 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 and Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)

Degree requirements for all students: a minimum of 120 credit hours, completion of General Education program, completion of 39 senior division hours (300-599), Writing Proficiency Exam (WP003), and completion of the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) at the senior level. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin or Degree Works for additional graduation requirements for your program.

Sample Four Year Program

Fall (15 hours)

  • UI 100 (3)
  • EN 100 (3)
  • AN 180 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • AN 181 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (3)

Fall (15 hours)

  • FR/GN/SN 100 (3)
  • AN 101 (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • FR/GN/SN 120 (3)
  • AN elective (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • General Education (3)

Fall (15 hours)

  • AN 341 (3)
  • AN 382 (3)
  • FR/GN/SH 200 (3)
  • PS 104 (3)
  • Minor Course (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • AN Elective (3)
  • FR/GN/SN/LI 220 (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Minor Course/Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Fall (15 hours)

  • AN 317 (3)
  • GG 150/Foreign Language (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring (15 hours)

  • AN 493 (3)
  • AN 380 (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Contact

(573) 651-2146
jmcgaugh@semo.edu
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Caranahan Hall 311

Department of History and Anthropology
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