“The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.” – Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist and folklorist

B.A., Anthropology

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. 


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Degree Requirements

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

Our Four-Year Plan: 

Freshman Year Curriculum
Fall Semester Courses Credits Spring Semester Courses Credits
ANT 251 3 ANT 252, Cultural Anthropology 3
ENG 101 Acad Writing and Research 4 Physical Education 1
FL 201 Foreign Language 3 History 3
History 3 Mathematics 3
Mathematics 3 Social Science 3
Any 100-PE in Fitness/Wellness 1

Sophomore Year Curriculum
Fall Semester Courses Credits Spring Semester Courses Credits
ANT 253 or 254 3 ANT Ethnography Elective 3
Literature 3 Literature 3
Social Science 3 Natural Science 4
Free Elective 3 Philosophy 3
Free Elective 3 Free Elective 3
Junior Year Curriculum
Fall Semester Courses Credits Spring Semester Courses Credits
ANT Elective (3xx/4xx) 3 ANT 411 or ANT 483 3
Social Science 3 ANT Elective (3xx/4xx) 3
Natural Science 3 Arts and Letters Elective 3
Free Elective 3 Social Science 3
Free Elective 3 Free Elective 3
Senior Year Curriculum
Fall Semester Courses Credits Spring Semester Courses Credits
ANT 416 or ANT 389 3 ANT Elective (3xx/4xx)  3
ANT Elective (3xx/4xx) 3 Science, Tech, & Soc (STS) 3
GEP Additional Breadth 3 Free Elective 3
GEP Interdisc Persp 3 Free Elective 3

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more on curriculum requirements

Change of Degree Application (CODA)

There are requirements and preferred qualifications to transfer (as a current NC State student) into a specific College of Humanities and Social Sciences major. 

Learn more about CODA requirements

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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

Required Courses:

  • 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 Stephanie Jares.