Our bachelor of arts degree focuses on the interrelationships among the cultural, social and biological basis of human behavior in evolutionary and contemporary contexts. The degree emphasizes exposure to different cultures through classic ethnography, and a better understanding of the past through archaeology and human skeletal analysis.
30 credit hours are required in the major concentration:
- 9 hours of 200-level anthropology courses: ANT 251, 252, and either 253 or 254
- ANT 411, Anthropological Theory or ANT 483, Theories of Archaeological Research
- ANT 416, Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology or ANT 389, Fundamentals of Archaeological Research (summer study abroad only)
- 3 hours of elective credit at the 400-level
- 3 hours of a 300-level ethnography course
- 9 hours of elective at either the 300 or 400-level
- Completion of foreign language courses through the 202-level is strongly recommended
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Anthropology Major Spends Summer at NYC’s American Museum of Natural History
As an intern at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, anthropology major Colin Gravelle spent his summer researching vegetable caterpillars, tekotekos and other unique objects. During his internship, Gravelle prepared curatorial notes for objects in the museum’s Pacific and African collections.
The experience allowed Gravelle to explore real-world applications of the courses he’s taken at NC State: Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology and Physical Anthropology, among others.
Minor in Anthropology
Our minor focuses on anthropology as the comparative study of human beings. As such, anthropology is a broad discipline which includes the physical and cultural aspects of humans. The minor permits flexibility in course selection, and we offer anthropological sub-disciplines of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology and linguistics.
- Completion of 15 hours of coursework in anthropology courses
- 9 of the 15 hours must be taken at NC State University
- ANT 252 Cultural Anthropology (3 credit hours)
- ANT 200-level course (3 credit hours)
- ANT 300-level course (3 credit hours)
- ANT 400-level course (3 credit hours
- Choice of 1 additional Anthropology course (3 credit hours)
For more information on certification, contact Erin Seiling.
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NC State Students Excavate Prehistoric Settlement in Cyprus
In May and June of 2018, a group of 15 NC State undergraduates traveled to the island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean to take part in an archaeological field school. Directed by NC State faculty Dr. Kathryn Grossman (Sociology and Anthropology) and Dr. Tate Paulette (History), this new study abroad program provides students with in-depth, hands-on training in archaeological field methods within the context of the Makounta-Voules Archaeological Project (MVAP).
Outstanding Seniors Awarded NC State’s Highest Non-Academic Distinction
Each year the Alumni Association recognizes a few of the university’s seniors who are role models for leadership and service with the Mathews Medal. One of the three 2018 recipients is an Anthropology student. Adora Grace Nsonwu has double majors in Anthropology and in English (Language, Writing and Rhetoric). She is both a Caldwell Fellows Scholar and a Shelton Scholars Fellow.