B.A. in Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand what makes humans unique, and the importance of our differences, anthropology draws on insights from diverse fields, including social and biological sciences and the humanities. You can read more about what makes anthropology a unique and special area of study here.

Our bachelor of arts degree program in anthropology gives students an opportunity to learn how and why humans evolved, and how our evolutionary biological, social and cultural trajectories help us understand the meaning of being human in past, present and future environments. Anthropology at ASU provides many exciting hands-on learning opportunities through laboratories and field-based courses, such as ethnographic field schools, paleoanthropology field schools in Africa, bioarchaeology and archaeology training in the field and laboratory, environmental and health studies in diverse communities and cultural and linguistic studies of peoples from hunter-gatherer camps to large urban areas. Areal foci include such varied areas as Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Mexico, Latin America and the Mediterranean Basin; and many other topics that explore humans of the past and present.

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B.A. in Anthropology Curriculum

  • 31 credit hours
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours must be upper division (300 or 400 level), and 12 of the 18 credits must be taken on the Tempe campus.

Intro Courses:
ASB 102: Culture in a Globalizing World (3 credits)
ASM 104: Bones, Stones and Human Evolution (4 credits)
ASB 222: Buried Cities and Lost Tribes or ASB 223: Aztecs, Incas and Mayas (3 credits)

Distribution Requirements:
1 sociocultural anthropology course (3 upper-division credits)
1 archaeology course (3 upper-division credits)
1 evolutionary anthropology course (3 upper-division credits)

Anthropology Electives:
2 courses in any of the anthropological sub-disciplines (6–8 upper-division credits total)

1 practicum course (3 upper-division credits)

1 statistics course (3 upper- or lower-division credits)

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