Undergraduate Information

What does training in Anthropology do for you?

Anthropology majors develop cross-cultural communication, human relations, critical thinking, writing, analysis, evaluation, problem-solving, planning, and community outreach skills.  It is an ideal field to prepare for jobs that require people skills, and understanding of multicultural and institutional dynamics.  The minor in Anthropology is also valuable for those planning to work with diverse national and international populations.

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. A degree in anthropology presents diverse opportunities and serves as a good foundation in fields ranging from pre-med to pre-law. Our dynamic and award-winning faculty create opportunities for enriched learning geared towards a broad array of interests. A recent survey of graduating seniors in the anthropology program found that 100% were 'very satisfied' with the accessibility of faculty and  94% were 'very satisfied' with the quality of teaching in the department. 89% of graduating seniors were very satisfied with the faculty's concern for their progress. Click here to find out what some of our undergrad alums are doing now. 

Undergraduate Advising Coordinator

Kenny Latta
Phone: (901) 678-2080

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 of 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. 

Bachelor of Arts with Minor in Anthropology

Students who choose to minor in anthropology must complete 4 core anthropology courses (ANTH 1100, 1200, 3200, and 4065; 12 credit hours) and at least 6 credit hours of anthropology electives.

Some of our anthropology electives consist of: American Communities, Anthropology and Environment, Anthropology and Education, Anthropology and Human Rights, Anthropology of Religion, Culture and Mental Health, Human Adaptations, Medical Anthropology, Museum Collections, Neighborhood Development, Nutritional Anthropology, Peoples of Africa, and more!

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

Undergraduate Internship Opportunities

Our department has partnered with many organizations, institutions, and non-profits all over Memphis to host our undergraduates and graduate students in formal internship positions.  Check out the links below to view our Internship Pamphlet and List of Internship Opportunities. 

Internship Pamphlet

List of Internship Opportunities