Given anthropology’s unique foci, our anthropology courses are intended to systematically open for you perspectives on the nature of humankind. To achieve this object, as a Department we organize our courses into three Concentrations:
(a) Ecology and Evolution, which examines the evolution of the human and related species, and human adaptations to the environment in all their variability;
(b) History, Meaning, and Materiality which studies the generation and interpretation of meanings over time, in relation to both practices and things (e.g., narratives and performances; bodies and objects; histories and memory; human rights and forms of knowledge; translation and imaginaries); and
(c) Social Formations and Processes, which studies collectivities, social change, and relations between groups marked by various kinds of inequalities (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, class, nationality).
As an undergraduate, you may also be interested in courses within the Archaeology and Medical Anthropology Programs, which are formally part of our graduate program.
Our Major and its Requirements
- ANTH 297
- One course from the Evolution and Ecology concentration chosen from the following list: ANTH 050, 053, 054, 058, 060, 121, 143, 145, 148, 151, 220, 232, 238, 239, 252, 262, 312, 315, 317, 318, 319, 359, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 418, 437, 439, 450, 451, 453, 456, 458, 459, 460, 468, 539, 639
- One course from the History, Meaning and Materiality Concentration chosen from the following list: ANTH 055, 059, 062, 077, 120, 123, 130, 142, 146, 147, 155, 202, 205, 230, 254, 259, 278, 280, 323, 325, 330, 331, 334, 340, 375, 428, 428H, 429, 435, 436, 438, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444, 452, 458, 469, 470, 472, 473, 477, 484, 525, 537, 545, 559, 574, 585, 586, 625, 660, 660H, 688, 697
- One course from the Social Formations and Processes Concentration chosen from the following list: ANTH 051, 052, 054, 056, 057, 058, 061, 062, 103, 120, 121, 130, 144, 145, 147, 151, 191, 194, 226, 230, 231, 232, 248, 254, 259, 278, 280, 319, 320, 344, 359, 377, 380, 422, 429, 436, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444, 447, 449, 450, 455, 456, 462, 465, 466, 467, 468, 470, 472, 492, 502, 537, 545, 559, 567, 578, 585, 625, 626, 660, 660H, 682, 686, 688
- Five additional three-hour courses (15 hours) in Anthropology
- Three separate courses must be used to fulfill the concentration requirements (i.e., a single course cannot count towards more than one concentration).
- No more than three courses used to fulfill the major can be numbered below 200.
- No more than nine hours of field-oriented course work (ANTH 393, 395, 451, or 453) can be counted toward the major
- Of the nine courses required for the major, students must complete six with a minimum grade of C or better
ANTH 297 Directions in Anthropology serves as the majors’ core course; it offers an integrative perspective on the theories and history of anthropology and explores what it means to be an anthropologist. Majors should take ANTH 297 in their junior year. If they cannot do so, they should consult with the director of undergraduate studies.
The department recommends that majors enroll in some field-oriented course work such as 393 Internship in Anthropology, 395 Special Projects, 451 Field School in Archaeology, 453 Field School in South American Archaeology, or in study abroad course work.
Anthropology majors must meet all Foundations, Approaches, an Connections requirements; electives; and other requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. To ensure this, anthropology majors consult with their advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences office in Steele Building at least once each semester; ideally, they also consult with the director of undergraduate studies. Students planning a major in anthropology should inform the department’s director of undergraduate studies.
Student’s interested in choosing anthropology as a major or minor should visit the department’s Web site at anthropology.unc.edu and click on the link for the undergraduate program.
Please note that the concentraton lists are subject to constant revision, with the director of undergraduate studies designating the appropriate concentrations for special topic courses (ANTH 089, 190, 199, 290, 299, 390, 399, 499, 599, and 699) and courses being offered for the first time.
The minor in general anthropology consists of five three-hour courses taken in the department and is a viable option for students who have heavily demanding major requirements. A maximum of two courses may be numbered below 200; at least one course must come from each of the three concentrations-Evolution and Ecology; History, Memory, and Materiality; and Social Formations and Processes (see lists under departmental requirements for the major). Students must have a grade of C or better in at least four of the five courses, and at least three courses must be taken at UNC-Chapel Hill or in a program officially sponsored by the University. Students planning on a minor in anthropology should inform the department’s director of undergraduate studies.
Minoring in Medical Anthropology
The Medical Anthropology option is especially appropriate for those planning for careers in medicine and health professions. The minor consists of five three-hour courses taken from the following list of courses: ANTH 147, 151, 315, 318, 319, 323, 325, 414, 438, 441, 442, 443, 444, 470, 473, 585, and 660. Students must have a grade of C or better in at least four of the five courses, and at least three courses must be taken at UNC-Chapel Hill or in a program officially sponsored by the University. Students planning on a minor in medical anthropology should inform the director of undergraduate studies in the department.
You may double major in anthropology and some other field. If you decide to enroll in anthropology as a second major, you should inform the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Independent Research, Internships, and Field Schools
As a major, if you wish to explore an area of anthropology outside the conventional classroom setting, or desire advanced or specialized work beyond current course offerings, you should consider taking Anthropology 393, 395, 451, or 453.
Anthropology 393 is the Internship in Anthropology.
Anthropology 396 provides you with the opportunity to engage in independent study, and Anthropology 395 the opportunity to engage in field research, under the mentoring of a specific faculty member. You can obtain variable credit for these courses, although 3 hours are usually expected. In general, you should only take ANTH 395 or 396 if you have had at least some prior coursework in anthropology or a related social science.
Anthropology 395 and 396 both require the prior permission of the faculty member under whom you wish to conduct research, obtained before the semester in which you plan to enroll in either of them. Both are controlled enrollment courses for which you can’t register through CONNECT CAROLINA, but only through the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Our advice: first see you own faculty advisor and, after talking with him or her, the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Anthropology 451 and 453 are 6-hour field school courses in which you will gain hands-on experience in research and study in the field under the direction of a faculty member. As an Anthropology Major, you are limited to having no more than nine credit hours of field-oriented coursework (Anthropology 395, 396, 451 or 453) count toward meeting your major requirement, although you are not restricted from enrolling in more than nine credit hours of these courses combined. Our advice: if in doubt, see your advisor!
A Note about Linguistics
The Department of Anthropology does not offer courses in linguistic anthropology. However, there are three courses offered in the Linguistics Department relevant to anthropology which are crosslisted in our Department: ANTH 302, Language and Power (Crowhurst), ANTH 541, Sociolinguistics (Roberge), and ANTH 542, Pidgins and Creoles (Roberge). If you are interested, we encourage you to take one or more of these courses as elective courses for credit toward the Major in Anthropology.
Minor in Archaeology (see Curriculum in Archaeology)
(for additional information about the archaeology minor please contact Prof. Margaret Scarry, at firstname.lastname@example.org in Anthropology)