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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog


College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Hours for Degree: 120
Minor: Yes
Combined-Degree Program: No

Anthropology is the study of people in their cultural context and the examination of all aspects of patterned social behavior. The discipline is worldwide in scope encompassing all aspects of human biological and social life from the earliest times to the present. It is a broad, holistic field that seeks to understand human adaptation to natural and social environments.

Anthropology includes four subfields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology and linguistics. Undergraduates can concentrate their studies in one of these four subfields, however, the bachelor's degree granted is in anthropology rather than in any one subfield.

An undergraduate major in anthropology provides students with a broad-based liberal arts education and prepares students to work in an increasingly complex world. Anthropology majors learn about different groups of people, their prehistory and their biological and cultural diversity through disciplines that combine science and the humanities. Many undergraduate anthropology majors go on to graduate school in the social sciences, while others use anthropology to prepare themselves for professional careers in other disciplines. In a world of increasing globalization and need for effective international relations, anthropology is a highly relevant liberal arts and sciences major for students interested in pursuing many careers including those in education, government, health, business, and law.

Requirements for the Major

An undergraduate major must have a minimum of 34 semester hours in anthropology, including
  • ANT 2000,
  • ANT 2410,
  • ANT 2140,
  • ANT 3514C and
  • ANT 3620.

Majors are encouraged to take ANT 2000 in their first year of coursework. Of the remaining 18 hours, 15 must be 3000 level and above.

Majors are required to take STA 2023, Introduction to Statistics 1.
  • All coursework counted toward the major must have a grade of C or better.
  • Majors must take a minimum of 18 hours of anthropology coursework at UF.

Interdisciplinary Certificate and Minor: The department encourages students to choose a minor or an interdisciplinary certificate option in Latin American studies, African studies, Asian studies, women's studies, linguistics, Jewish studies or environmental studies. Relevant courses in anthropology may be used to fulfill some requirements. Students can combine anthropology courses with courses in other fields for a self-designed interdisciplinary major. A minor (15 credits) in anthropology is also available.

Courses: There are no prerequisites for 2000-level courses. Students in the honors program may take honors sections of any offered anthropology class. Any student at the sophomore level and above, with the appropriate prerequisites and with permission of the instructor, may enroll in graduate-level courses.

Students are encouraged to take anthropology courses that include method, theory and topical courses, as well as area courses in either ethnography or archaeology.

Method, Theory and Topical Courses: ANT 3126, 3181, 3241, 3302, 3390, 3428, 3451, 3515, 3522, 4006, 4034, 4110, 4112, 4113, 4114, 4147C, 4193, 4194, 4266, 4273, 4274, 4403, 4426, 4462, 4468, 4525, 4530, 4531, 4550, 4552, 4554C, 4586, 4610, 4740, 4801.

Ethnography and Archaeology Courses: ANT 3141, 3153, 3162, 3164, 3332, 3364, 3375, 3377, 4145, 4323, 4331, 4336, 4340, 4352, 4354, 4366, 4392.

Students concentrating in either cultural anthropology or archaeology are also encouraged to complete either an ethnographic study abroad program or an archaeological field school before their senior year.

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

Critical Tracking and Recommended Semester Plan

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5

Semester 2:

  • Complete 1 anthropology course

Semester 3:

  • Complete 1 additional anthropology course or STA 2023

Semester 4:

  • Complete 1 additional anthropology course
  • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework

Semester 5:

  • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

Recommended semester plan

Semester 1Credits
ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology (GE-S, D) or
ANT 2000 General Anthropology (GE-S)
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
Foreign language4-5
Physical Science (GE-P)3
Total 15-14
Semester 2Credits
ANT 3514C Introduction to Biological Anthropology (4) (GE-B) or
ANT 2000 General Anthropology (3) (GE-S)
Foreign language3-5
Mathematics (GE-M)3
Humanities (GE -H)3
Total 15-18
Semester 3Credits
ANT 2140 Introduction to World Archaeology3
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M)3
Biological Science (GE-B)3
Humanities (GE-H)3
Elective (or foreign language if 4-3-3 option)3
Total 15
Semester 4Credits
ANT 3620 Language and Culture (GE-S, N)3
Physical Science (GE-P)3
ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology (3) (GE-S, D) or
ANT 2000 General Anthropology (3) (GE-S) or
ANT 3514C Introduction to Biological Anthropology (4) (GE-B)
Total 16-12
Semester 5Credits
Two anthropology courses (3000 level or above)6
Composition (ENC 3254 or ANT 4930 writing courses recommended [GE-C, WR])3
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
Two anthropology courses (3000 level or above)6
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major)6
Total 15
Semester 7Credits
One anthropology course (1000-4000 level)3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major)6
Total 15
Semester 8Credits
Anthropology course (3000 level or above)3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major)6
Total 15