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Anthropology Major

The Anthropology Major gives students an overview of the discipline as well as training in each of the four subfields (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistics). To declare a major in Anthropology, students are required to have earned a C grade or better in one course in Anthropology. Only courses in which the student has earned a C grade or better can be counted toward the major thereafter.

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Course Requirements for the Undergraduate Major
Field Courses
ANTHC 126.00
ANTHC 151.00
History of Anthropological Theory
ANTHC 318.00
Biological Anthropology ANTHP 101.00

Research Design
ANTHC 314.00
Elective courses (selected from above fields various
Total for the Major


Please note that while ANTHC 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology is a prerequisite for many anthropology courses, it cannot be counted toward the major.

See the latest Hunter undergraduate catalog for more information.

Many students take fieldwork courses or independent study for credit; please note that it is our policy to allow three credits each of fieldwork, independent study, or honors work if the student elects to take such courses, but not more than three in any one category.

Major Undergraduate Advisor: Professor Jonathan Shannon


Pathway Courses in Anthropology

ANTHC 10000 Cultural Diversity in the US Pathways·Flexible·Core - US Experience in Its Diversity·

ANTHC 10100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Pathways·Flexible·Core - Individual and Society·

ANTHP 10100 Human Evolution Pathways Required Core - Life and Physical Sciences OR Scientific World

ANTHP 10200 Human Variation Pathways·Required·Core - Life and Physical Sciences OR Scientific World

ANTHP 10500 Human Species Pathways·Required·Core - Life and Physical Sciences OR Scientific World

ANTHC 12600 Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology Pathways·Flexible·Core - World Cultures and Global Issues

ANTHC 12700 Methods in Archaeological Science Pathways Flexible Core - Scientific World

ANTHC 151Introduction to Linguistics Pathways·Flexible·Core - World Cultures and Global Issues

The Pluralism & Diversity Requirement

In 1993, the College formulated a Pluralism and Diversity supplement to the then undergraduate distribution requirements (now known as the Core requirement). This 12-hour requirement insures that students will have at least one course in each of four areas defined as:

  1. PD/A a course which focuses on historical and intellectual issues comprising the study of non-European cultures or their political/economic systems, especially those of Africa, Asia, or those indigenous to the Americas;
  2. PD/B a course that focuses on the perspectives and contributions of one or more of the following groups in the United States of America: African-Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans, and Native Americans;
  3. PD/C a course that focuses on the perspectives and concerns of women and/or issues of gender/sexual orientation;
  4. PD/D a course that focuses on major issues - artistic, literary, practical or theoretical - reflected in the intellectual traditions of, or primarily derived from Europe;
  5. Further, courses that satisfy the Pluralism and Diversity Requirement may simultaneously meet a student's Core Requirement or courses necessary for a major or minor area of study. While some courses may be listed in more than one group of the P&D requirement, students will be able to apply such a course to only one of the four areas.


Selected Pluralism & Diversity Courses in Anthropology

This list is for illustrative purposes and not comprehensive. Check with the Undergraduate Advisor for current and planned course offerings that meet P&D requirements.

Group 1: Non-European Cultures PD/A
ANTHC 101.00
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
most Cultural Anthropology & Archaeology Courses
Group 2: U.S. Minorities PD/B
ANTHC 211.00
Peoples and Cultures of Native North America
ANTHC 320.89
Archaeology of Mexico and Central America
ANTHC 401.87 Immigrant Employment in NYC
ANTHC 426.59
Archaeology of North America
Group 3: Women, Gender / Sexual Orientation PD/3
ANTHC 301.00 Sex and Gender in Anthropological Perspective
ANTHC 320.76 Language, Sex and Gender
ANTHC 320.93 Women of East Asia
Group 4: European Intellectual Tradition, PD/4
ANTHC 227.00 Archaeology of Europe
ANTHC 318.00 History of Anthropological Theory
ANTHC 401.80 Transition in Eastern Europe
ANTHC 426.60 Archaeology of Colonialism
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