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Undergraduate Program

Whether you are seeking a degree in anthropology or pursuing an interest in anthropology through electives, the undergraduate anthropology program will give you the opportunity to study the cultures and behaviors of people from around the world throughout time. 

Bachelor of Arts with Major in Anthropology

Our department offers an undergraduate major in Anthropology. Those seeking a major in anthropology, in addition to completing University requirements for a BA degree, are required to take 30 hours in anthropology courses, including the following core courses:

  • ANTH 1100 Human Origins and Variation

  • ANTH 1200 Cultural Anthropology

  • ANTH 3200 Peoples and Cultures of the World

  • ANTH 4065 Contemporary Anthropological Theory

Students can select from a variety of undergraduate courses offered by the department every semester to complete the 18 additional semester hours, at least 6 of these hours must be at the 4000 level.

Please refer to the following links, for undergraduate information:

Bachelor of Arts with Minor in Anthropology

Students who choose to minor in anthropology must complete 18 hours in anthropology courses, including the core courses listed above (ANTH 1100, 1200, 3200, and 4065).

Honors Program

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Honors Program. Honors classes allow anthropology students to participate in smaller, more intensive classes. To be eligible a student must (a) have the approval of the Departmental Honors Committee, (b) be an anthropology major, (c) have attained at least junior standing, (d) have completed successfully ANTH 1100, 1200, and one upper-division anthropology course, (e) maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in overall studies, (f) maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 in anthropology, (g) completion of four honors courses in anthropology (at least one of which must be an independent study culminating in a research paper/thesis or research report) and a minimum of six hours in honors courses outside anthropology. Details of the program are available at the Department of Anthropology office. Upon completion of the requirements of the Honors Program, students will receive their degree "with Honors in Anthropology."

For more information on Honors Program at The University of Memphis, visit the Honors Program website

For additional information about major in Anthropology, please contact:

Dr. Ross Sackett,
Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
Phone: (901) 678-1424

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