Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Anthropology is the holistic, comparative study of human diversity. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology provides students with a solid foundation in the contemporary theory, practice and application of the discipline and an understanding of global human diversity with a special emphasis on the cultures, lifeways and contemporary social issues of Alaska and the Circumpolar North. The program prepares students in intercultural fluency, critical thinking and research skills through coursework, applied research experiences and fieldwork. Graduates find opportunities in education, health care, museums, social services, international development agencies, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, marketing and publishing. Many graduates also pursue graduate degrees in anthropology, law, public health, public policy, social work and other fields.

Admission Requirements

Complete the Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.

Graduation Requirements
Core Courses
ANTH A202Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH A205Biological Anthropology3
ANTH A210Linguistic Anthropology3
ANTH A211Archaeology3
ANTH A410Anthropological Theory3
ANTH A458Applied Ethics in Anthropology 13
Ethnographic Courses
ANTH A200Alaska Native Cultures3
ANTH A390AArctic and Subarctic Cultures 13
ANTH A390BWorld Cultures 13
or ANTH A390C Comparative Culture Studies
Methodology Courses
Complete six credits from at least two of the following courses: 26
Applied Anthropology
Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
Field Methods in Archaeology and Bioanthropology 3
Cultural Resource Management
Analytical Techniques in Archaeology and Bioanthropology 1
Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology
Environmental Policy and Regulation in Alaska
or GEOG A475
Geospatial and Cartographic Techniques for the Sciences
Topical/Theoretical Courses
Complete six credits from at least two of the following courses: 26
Archaeological Theory
Culture and Human Biodiversity
Culture and Ecology
Culture and Health
Culture and Globalization
Health, Ritual and Science 1
Historical Engagements 1
Belief and Identity 1
Topics in the Contemporary North 1
Culture, Environment, Place 1
Program Electives
Complete any additional 3 credits in ANTH or GEOG.3
Upper-Division Humanities Electives
Complete six upper-division credits in AKNS, ART, ENGL, HIST, PHIL, THR or languages.6

Specific topical emphases for these courses vary by offering. See catalog course descriptions for details.


Other upper-division selected topics (ANTH A490), practicum (ANTH A495), independent study (ANTH A497), or individual research (ANTH A498), or thesis (ANTH A499) courses may be applied to satisfy methodological or topical/theoretical course requirements with department approval, depending on course content.


ANTH A431 is infrequently offered, typically as a summer field school. Please check with the Department of Anthropology for the schedule.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 39 credits must be upper-division.

Honors in Anthropology

The BA in Anthropology recognizes distinguished achievement by undergraduate majors in the study of anthropology by conferring programmatic honors in Anthropology. In order to receive honors in Anthropology, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a declared anthropology major;
  • Satisfy all of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Anthropology;
  • Meet the requirements for Graduation with Honors;
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 3.50 in courses specific to the anthropology major;
  • Complete a senior thesis project (taken as ANTH A499), based on library, laboratory or field research resulting in a substantial, thesis-quality paper defended before the anthropology faculty. The course may be taken on a one-semester (3-credit) or two-semester (6-credit) basis.