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Bachelor of Science in Anthropology

Anthropology is the holistic, comparative study of human diversity. The Bachelor of Science (BS) 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 laboratory sciences, international development agencies, governmental agencies, museums, non-profit organizations, publishing and many other fields. Many graduates also pursue graduate degrees in anthropology, medicine, public health, behavioral sciences, forensics and other fields.

Admission Requirements

Complete the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.

Graduation Requirements
Core Courses
ANTH A202Cultural Anthropology3
& A205L
Biological Anthropology
and Biological Anthropology Laboratory
ANTH A210Linguistic Anthropology3
& A211L
and Archaeology Laboratory
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 the following: 26
Applied Anthropology
Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
Field Methods in Archaeology and Bioanthropology
Cultural Resource Management
Analytical Techniques in Archaeology and Bioanthropology 1
Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology
Topical/Theoretical Courses
Complete six credits from at least two of the following: 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
Anthropology Electives
Complete any additional 3 credits in anthropology.3
Statistics Course
STAT A253Applied Statistics for the Sciences4
or STAT A307 Probability and Statistics
Upper-Division Natural Sciences Electives
Complete six upper-division credits in BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS.6

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division.

Honors in Anthropology

The BS 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 meeting the following requirements:

  1. Be a declared anthropology major.
  2. Satisfy all of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Anthropology.
  3. Meet the requirements for Graduation with Honors.
  4. Earn a grade point average of 3.50 or above in courses specific to the anthropology major.
  5. 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.