Effective Fall 2011
May be elected as a departmental concentration program
The Undergraduate Anthropology Program emphasizes the commitment of this department to four-field anthropology, providing exposure to Anthropological Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology. This holistic approach serves Anthropology's intellectual goal to achieve a comprehensive and comparative understanding of humanity. An undergraduate concentration in Anthropology contributes to a liberal arts education, offering a disciplined awareness of human behavior and social institutions in different times and places.
Prerequisites to Concentration
None, but ANTHRCUL 101 and ANTHRBIO 161 are recommended.
Concentrators are expected to include at least one course in each of four subdivisions: biological anthropology, anthropological archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. At least 30 credits at the 200-level or above are required, 15 of which must be completed in residence at the University of Michigan unless approved by the undergraduate advisor. 15 of the required 30 credits must be completed in the department unless approved by an undergraduate advisor.
Please note that the following courses do not count toward the 30 credit requirement: ANTHRCUL 101, ANTHRBIO 161.
A detailed description of the concentration program is available at the department office.
For students primarily interested in sociocultural anthropology, we recommend at least one course from each of the following categories: (1) regional courses; (2) topical courses; and (3) theory/method courses.
For students primarily interested in anthropological archaeology, we strongly recommend taking the following sequence of courses: ANTHRARC 282, 385, and 386. The goal of these three courses is to give students a general introduction to anthropological archaeology and an overview of world prehistory. In addition to these three courses, students are encouraged to take at least two area courses: one that examines the archaeological record in the New World and on focused on the Old World.
Students interested in scholarly research are encouraged to consider the Honors concentration. Previous participation in the College Honors program is not a prerequisite. Seniors admitted to the Honors concentration normally elect a seminar in their special field of interest: biological anthropology (ANTHRBIO 398), archaeology (ANTHRARC 398) or sociocultural anthropology (ANTHRCUL 398). The seminars give students an opportunity for intensive training and research experience; the Honors concentration normally requires a senior thesis. Interested students should consult an Anthropology concentration advisor.
Students interested in obtaining a secondary teaching certificate with a teaching minor in Anthropology should consult the "Teacher Certification Program" and the School of Education Office of Academic Services.
All anthropology faculty members are available for informal discussion with students during scheduled office hours (check the Department office for times). Concentration advisors are available to explain program objectives and requirements and to help with the planning of your concentration program.
Appointments are scheduled in the Department office or online at: www.lsa.umich.edu/anthro/undergraduates/advising
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