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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology - BA


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BA in Anthropology


The anthropology major is designed to give stu­dents an overview of the discipline, as well as training in all four fields of the subject (archaeolo­gy, cultural anthropology and ethnology, anthro­pological linguistics and biological anthropology). The anthropology major consists of 25 credits [see table below]. To declare a major in anthropology, the student must have completed at least one course in anthropology with a C grade or better. In order to graduate with a major in anthropology, students must earn a C grade or better in all required courses and electives counted toward the major (effective for students declaring the major after September 1, 2007


Foundational Courses


Students with no prior background in this academic field will need one 3 credit Foundational Course. This course must be be completed before embarking upon the major. Students will appropriate background may be exempted from some or all Foundational Courses. See department for proper placesment.

Hunter Core Requirement


Note: Several courses leading to or within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core [CCC], Hunter Focus, Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Appendix I: Hunter Core Requirement .

In the case of the anthropology major, the courses that meet CCC are:

Course
CUNY Common Core
Foundational or Major
ANTHP 10100 (STEM)  Life and Physical Sciences Major
ANTHC 10100  Individual and Society (SS) Foundational
ANTHC 15100  World Culture/Global Issues Major
ANTHP 10200 (STEM)  Scientific World Major
ANTHP 10500  Life and Physical Sciences Major
ANTHC 12600  World Culture/Global Issues Major

Please note that no more than two courses from any one department will count for the CUNY Common Core.

Credits required for the major 25-28


Foundational Course (for students without background in the field)  =3 cr.
Major in Anthropology                                                                                                    =25 cr.
                   Biological Anthropology    (4 cr.)
                   Linguistics                        (3 cr.)
                   Archaeology                    (3 cr.)
                   Research Design              (3 cr.)
                   History of Anthr. Theory   (3 cr.)
                   Electives                          (9 cr.)

 

Total for students without background in the field                                                       = 28 cr.

Major 25 cr.


Major Requirements


Biological Anthropology: Human Evolution or Human Variation (4 cr.)


Linguistics: Intro to Linguistics (3 cr.)


Archaeology: Intro to Prehistoric Archaeology (3 cr.)


History of Anthropological Theory (3 cr.)


Elective courses (9 cr.)


(selected from above fields)

Total credits 25


Minor in Anthropology


There are two new rules about the minor. First, the minor department controls the minor. Second, the minor is no longer a degree requirement.

General Anthropology


The Anthropology Minor provides students an overview of the discipline through survey courses in each of the four primary subfields of anthropology. It is designed to help students appreciate the significance of, and relations between, language, biology, and culture, for human beings past and present. The minor consists of four courses for a total of 13 credits. In order to graduate with an Anthropology Minor, students must earn a C grade or better in all the courses counted towards the minor.

Minor in Linguistic Anthropology


The Linguistic Anthropology Minor introduces students to the comparative and interdisciplinary study of language as a cultural resource and speaking as a cultural practice. In its study of the ways in which language and culture are interrelated, linguistic anthropology often draws from linguistics, sociology, psychology, philosophy, communication studies, as well as education, semiotics, and ethnic and literary studies. The Minor consists of a minimum of 12 credits from any of the following courses, or other courses with approval of the departmental undergraduate adviser. In order to graduate with a Linguistic Anthropology Minor, students must earn a C grade or better in all the courses counted towards the minor.

Minor in Anthropological Archaeology


The Anthropological Archaeology Minor introduces students to the study of past human societies and cultural diversity from an anthropological perspective. The minor consists of a minimum of 12 credits from the courses listed below, or other courses with the approval of the departmental undergraduate advisor. Only one non-ANTHC course from the following list may count towards the minor. In order to graduate with an Anthropological Archaeology Minor, students must earn a C grade or better in all the courses counted towards the minor.

 

Minor in Cultural Anthropology or Ethnology


The Cultural Anthropology Minor introduces students to the study of contemporary human cultures through a focus on cross-cultural similarities and differences in such areas as kinship, politics, economics, religion, sexuality, gender, and artistic production. The minor consists of a minimum of 12 credits from the courses listed below, as well as others that may be approved by the departmental undergraduate adviser. In order to graduate with a Cultural Anthropology Minor, students must earn a C grade or better in all the courses counted towards the minor.

Minor in Physical Anthropology


The Physical Anthropology Minor introduces students to the study of human evolution, including human variation, paleontology, genetics, and primatology. The Minor consists of a minimum of 12 credits. These must include ANTHP 10100 (STEM) - Human Evolution  (4 Cr). The remaining credits can be filled by any ANTHP courses. Also, one (and only one) non-ANTHP course from the following list may count towards the minor. In order to graduate with a Physical Anthropology Minor, students must earn a C grade or better in all the courses counted towards the minor.

Honors Work


Honors work is possible in each of the major branches of anthropology. The emphasis is on independent student research under the supervision of a faculty member. In order to graduate with departmental honors in anthropology, a student must: (1) have taken at least 2 credits of ANTHC 40000 ; (2) have a GPA in the major of not less than 3.5 and a cumulative GPA of not less than 2.8 at the time of graduation; and (3) complete a departmental honors form available from the departmental undergraduate adviser.

ANTHC 40000 Honors Project


(available to students in each of the four fields of anthropology) Open to qualified juniors and seniors every semester. Research under supervision of a faculty member. From 2 to 3 credits per semester, depending on the nature of the student’s work. May be taken for 1, 2, or 3 semesters for a maximum of 6 credits. To apply, students must (1) present a research plan prepared in conjunction with a faculty member; (2) have this plan approved by the undergraduate adviser and the department chair; and (3) obtain approval prior to preregistration.

Interdepartmental Fields


Students who want to do work in anthropology as part of an interdepartmental field, such as Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, religion, urban affairs and planning, or women and gender studies, should refer to descriptions under the department or field of their interest.

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