“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 CoursesCreditsSpring Semester CoursesCredits
ANT 2513ANT 252, Cultural Anthropology3
ENG 101 Acad Writing and Research4Physical Education1
FL 201 Foreign Language3History3
Mathematics3Social Science3
Any 100-PE in Fitness/Wellness1

Sophomore Year Curriculum
Fall Semester CoursesCreditsSpring Semester CoursesCredits
ANT 253 or 2543ANT Ethnography Elective3
Social Science3Natural Science4
Free Elective3Philosophy3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Junior Year Curriculum
Fall Semester CoursesCreditsSpring Semester CoursesCredits
ANT Elective (3xx/4xx)3ANT 411 or ANT 4833
Social Science3ANT Elective (3xx/4xx)3
Natural Science3Arts and Letters Elective3
Free Elective3Social Science3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Senior Year Curriculum
Fall Semester CoursesCreditsSpring Semester CoursesCredits
ANT 416 or ANT 3893ANT Elective (3xx/4xx) 3
ANT Elective (3xx/4xx)3Science, Tech, & Soc (STS)3
GEP Additional Breadth3Free Elective3
GEP Interdisc Persp3Free Elective3

Free Elective


Free Elective

Free Elective



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

apply through mypack portal

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 Erin Seiling.


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