Major Requirements

Major: Anthropology

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

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

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.

 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 major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

AHSS Degree Requirements                                                                            

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree – The completion of a minor program of study.                                                                            

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 a student whose primary degree is a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in a major from the College of AHSS. These additional 9 credits are not required for the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree, Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Environmental Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Bachelor of Music degree, for any student whose primary major or degree is not in the College of AHSS, or the student is earning two majors or two different degrees.

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 13
ANTH 111Introduction to Anthropology 13
ANTH 204Archaeology and Prehistory 13
ANTH 205Human Origins 13
ANTH 206Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Peoples of the World3
ANTH 298Professional Seminar1
ANTH 470Theory in Archaeology 1, 23
or ANTH 480 Development of Anthropological Theory
ANTH 471Archaeological Research Methods 1, 23
or ANTH 481 Ethnographic Research Methods
ANTH 494Individual Study1
or ANTH 496 Field Experience
Major Electives 300-400 Level: 315
Total Credits38

Students must earn a 'C' or better in each of the Core Requirements courses to successfully complete their major requirements.


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 filed with the Office of Registration and Records.


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 and a course substitution may need to be submitted to the Office of Registration and Records. These include internships, field schools, archaeology lab credits, etc.

Minor Requirements

Minor: Anthropology

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.