Anthropology majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?  Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. Introduction to Anthropology: Cultures in a Global Society (ANTH 101) or Introduction to Archaeology (ANTH 108)
  2. A foreign language
  3. A course of your choosing

1st Semester Courses

To begin your introduction to anthropology you can choose between two course options. Select the class which best fits your schedule.

Your first option is “Introduction to Anthropology: Cultures in a Global Society” (ANTH 101), which introduces students to basic concepts of sociocultural anthropology and the study of cultural differences among peoples of the world. The class poses questions about how lives are touched by media images and information, transnational markets, consumer desires, global ecology, conflicting aspirations, religious revivals, and rewritten histories.

Your second option is “Introduction to Archaeology” (ANTH 108), which provides a survey of how we use the past to understand the present. We learn how archeologists ask questions, pose and test hypotheses. We review several approaches including the scientific methods used to find and study archeological sites. We also examine the less tangible aspects of the past such as the role of gender, religion, and cosmology. Reaching back to our existence as hunters and gatherers and the transition to village life we explore the perils of settling down and the lessons archeologists have learned from past human behavior. We explore how humans have modified plant life through domestication, how over-exploitation caused the demise of some early civilizations while others learned from their mistakes.

Next, consider your background in foreign languages since you will need to complete the language requirement at the intermediate level (the 103 and 104 courses). If you have never studied a foreign language before or want to explore a new language, you should register for the 101 level beginner course. If you have ever taken a language course or have any relevant language background, please consult the foreign language placement information page.

Finally, consider an elective course in Humanities or Literature from the course options listed here.

Know which courses you want? Get registered.