Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Anthropology

For more information contact Professor McCollough, the undergraduate advisor.

This web page is designed to help UNL Anthropology majors plan their undergraduate programs. It summarizes Anthropology degree requirements and recommendations and presents basic information on College of Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements. It augments your UNL Undergraduate Bulletin. The Arts and Sciences Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall offers help with general advising questions. You should use all of these resources, but remember nothing takes the place of personal contact. Be sure to discuss your plans and interests with a faculty advisor.

Moving smoothly toward a BA degree requires thought and planning. Graduating on time with skills and experience that will let you compete in the modern job market or gain admission to a first rate graduate school is easiest if you remember to think about what you want to do, meet early and often with the departmental Undergraduate Advisor or some other faculty member, discuss your plans with faculty members and students, and understand College and Departmental requirements.

Anthropology Requirements

Anthropology is a broad discipline and anthropologists tend to be highly individualistic. Since virtually any experience or interest can be made relevant to Anthropology, we want Anthropology students to have flexibility and freedom to design personalized programs. The core of classes required for the Anthropology major is, therefore, very simple.

Core courses required for the Anthropology major
Anthro 212 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Anthro 232 Introduction to Archeology
Anthro 242 and 242L Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Laboratory

Anthro 212 is taught every spring. These classes are required prerequisites for higher level classes so it is best to take them during your sophomore year. Sometimes Continuing Education offers evening sections of Anthro 212, 232, or 242. Since these are offered to fulfill University General Education requirements, we recommend that Anthropology majors enroll in daytime sections.

In addition to these core courses, you must take 21 other credits in Anthropology. At least 12 of these credits must be classes numbered 300 or 400.

Anthro 110 is not required for the major and may not be counted toward the major requirement.

Recommended classes for ALL Anthropology majors

In addition to the required classes, we strongly recommend that all Anthropology majors also take the following classes:
Anthro 412 Social Structure
Anthro 417 History of Anthropological Theory
Mathematics 218 Elements of Statistics
Biology 101 General Biology
A research/field class such as Anthro 280 or Anthro 480.

UNL also offers more specialized courses that may be of particular use to Anthropology majors:
Service learning classes, such as Anthro 408 "Cross-Cultural Mentoring."
Biocultural courses like Anthro 422 "Medical Anthropology."

Field classes in archeology and ethnography are offered most summers, and field schools in other discplines are often available through your advisor. These are announced early in the spring term. Watch the departmental bulletin boards for the announcement and speak with your adviser about the classes.

Anthropology majors are encouraged to augment their classes with international or professional internships. Information on internships is available in the Student Employment and Internship Center in Room 345 of the Nebraska Union. Faculty members will also help students to find internship opportunities.

The Anthropology Student Organization-Anthro Group-and the Local Practitioners Organization-The LPO-are great sources of information on department activities and a good way to meet other anthropologists. Anthro Group publishes the Nebraska Anthropologist and both groups have regular meetings throughout the year. These are announced, along with job and internship opportunities, lectures, and other professional activities, on the bulletin boards in Bessey Hall. The Department also has a home page with useful information on classes and the faculty.

Anthropology Major Tracks

To guide program planning, the following tracks are recommended to students who wish to develop professional skills in one or another of Anthropology's sub-fields. Use them to assemble classes that meet your needs and interests.

Students interested in Cultural Anthropology should take the following classes:
Anthro 408/409 Cross-Cultural Mentoring I and II (a service learning course)
Anthro 473 Ecological Anthropology
Anthro 474 Applied and Development Anthropology
Anthro 477 Hunters and Gatherers
At least one class in Regional Ethnography

Students interested in Physical Anthropology should take the following classes:
Anthro 442 Human Variation
Anthro 448 Human Growth and Development
Anthro 473 Ecological Anthropology
Biology 388 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
Biology 243 Human Genetics

Students interested in Archeology should take the following classes:
Anthro 432 Archeological History and Theory
Anthro 435 Conservation Archeology
Anthro 475 Primitive Technology

Additional anthropology courses can be found here.

Anthropology Minors

The Anthropology major does not require a minor since we hope our students will take the specific mix of classes that best supports their particular interests. Students in other departments may earn a minor in Anthropology by assembling 18 hours in classes beyond Anthro 110.

Program Assessment

In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its program, at the end of their senior year majors are asked to complete an anonymous written exit survey, used by the faculty to improve the course listings from year to year. These assessment activities in no way affect a student's grades or graduation and are used only in the department's assessment report.

General Education Requirements

Like all other UNL students, Anthropology majors have to fulfill a set of General Education Requirements as described in the UNL Undergraduate Bulletin. The staff of the Arts and Sciences Advising Center in 107 Oldfather will answer questions about College or the University requirements.

The attached Advising Sheet will help you make sure you will meet all of the current Gen. Ed. Requirements. A list of classes that can be used to meet these requirements is shown on pages 114-118 of the 1997-98 UNL Undergraduate Bulletin. Be aware that if you entered UNL before 1997, you may be able follow other requirements! Check with the Advising Center.