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Anthropology is the study of the human condition and experience over both time and space. It sets itself apart from other social sciences in its holistic aspiration to understand all aspects of humankind: past, present and future; cultural and biological. This holistic approach is reflected in the primary subdisciplines of study including archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, and applied anthropology. Anthropology is both the study and celebration of the diversity of human lifeways, reminding us that despite our different cultures, we are all members of the human family and share a common nature and a common destiny.

Across subdisciplines and geographical areas at NDSU we take a critical approach to understanding human variation, past, present, and future. Our focal geographical areas include North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and South Asia with other areas of the world represented throughout the curriculum.

Major Requirements

Major: Anthropology

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Degree Requirements                                                                            

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree – The completion of a minor program of study, a second major, or a second degree is required.                                                                            

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree – Second year language proficiency at college level required.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences College Requirements

An additional 9 credits are required by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for all Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree programs of study, except the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the Bachelor of Music degree, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, and the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree:

AH&SS College Requirements
Courses used to satisfy any general education requirement cannot be used to also count toward the AH&SS College Requirements. A minimum of three credits is required in each of the 3 following areas for a total of 9 credits. Choose only those courses with the prefixes listed for each area. A course with the WGS prefix can only be used in one area.
Area One: Humanities3
Area Two: Social Sciences3
Area Three: Fine Arts3
Total Credits9

Major Requirements

Anthropology Core Requirements
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology (May satisfy general education category S)3
ANTH 111Introduction to Anthropology (May satisfy general education category S and D)3
200 Level Core: Select two of the following:6
Archaeology and Prehistory
Human Origins
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Peoples of the World
*Theory: 3
Analysis & Interpretation in Archaeology
Development of Anthropological Theory
Archaeological Research Methods
Qualitative Methods in Cultural Anthropology
Senior Capstone:
ANTH 489Senior Capstone In Anthropology1
Major Electives 300-400 Level:18
Other courses may qualify to substitute for the 300-400 level courses. Substitutions must be approved by the adviser and department chairperson prior to course enrollment. These include internships, field schools, archaeology lab credits, etc.
Total Credits37

Other courses may qualify to substitute for the Theory and Methods courses. Substitutions must be approved by the adviser and department chairperson prior to course enrollment and paperwork must be file with the Office of Registration and Records.

Minor Requirements

Anthropology Minor

Minor Requirements

Required Credits: 18

Required Courses
ANTH 111Introduction to Anthropology3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
Electives: Select two of the following:6
Archaeology and Prehistory
Human Origins
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Peoples of the World
Additional Electives
Two anthropology courses at the 300-400 level6
Total Credits18

Minor Requirements and Notes

  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.