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Information for Majors & Minors

Program Requirements

Anthropology Major

The Anthropology major consists of a minimum of 34 semester credit hours in anthropology, at least 18 of which, must be completed at the University of Utah.

  • ANTH 1010 (Culture & Human Experience)
  • Two courses: 1020, 1030, 1050, or1070
  • ANTH 3001 (Anthropology as a Major and a Career)
  • Two from Geographical area courses (3111-3961)
  • Three from Topical area courses 4110-4962 (excluding 4950, 4955 & 4990)
  • At least nine more Additional/Elective Anthropology hours.
  • In addition to the Anthropology credits, a minimum of 12 semester credit hours are required from related areas of study ("Allied hours"). All courses from Biology, Economics, Family and Consumer Sciences, Geography, Geology, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology are acceptable. Courses in Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies cross-listed with the departments noted above are also acceptable. Other courses accepted with departmental approval.

Students are encouraged to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor once a year to review progress and are encouraged to consult with other faculty members. Those planning to enter graduate school should seek advice from the Graduate Advisor (currently John Broughton).

Anthropology Minor

To complete the Anthropology Minor, a minimum of 18 semester credit hours in anthropology are required, at least 12 of which must be completed at the University of Utah.

  • ANTH 1010 (Culture & Human Experience)
  • One course: 1020, 1030, 1050, or 1070.
  • An additional 12 hours in Anthropology are required, at least 6 of which must be upper division (3000 or above).

NOTES: All courses used toward a major or minor must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a "C" grade or better, and students must have a cum. GPA of 2.5 in anthropology courses. A maximum of 6 credits are allowed for the following: 2000 level courses, 3969 Special Topics, and 4950 Individual Research which only count toward "Additional/Elective" area hours (these do not count toward "Topical" or "Geographical" area requirements).

Anthropology with Health Emphasis Major:

The Anthropology with Health Emphasis Major is geared towards students planning on entering health professional schools after graduation.

 NOTES: All courses used towards the Health Emphasis major must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a "C" grade or better, and students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all University courses.

Integrative Human Biology Minor:

Integrative Human Biology (IHB) is an interdisciplinary initiative and interdepartmental minor based in the Departments of Anthropology and Biology. Its purpose is to advance education and research in human form and function, human evolution and biological variation, human behavior, and the roles humans play in local and global ecosystems. The undergraduate IHB minor will help students acquire the broad but rigorous background they will need as professionals in the 21st-century health sciences and many other fields that engage directly with aspects of human adaptation and welfare.

 2000 level courses are open to both majors and non-majors, however only two of these courses will count towards the regular Anthropology major and minor (they will not help satisfy requirements for the Health Emphasis major).  Both 3000 and 4000 courses are suitable for anyone who has taken an intro course in the relevant area, and many have no prerequisites at all (a guide to our numbering system).  Please speak to the instructor if you are in doubt about your preparation.   The department also offers fieldwork training in archaeology and ethnography.  Course descriptions are available in the General Catalog.


Last Updated: 12/21/16