Current Undergraduate

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Graduating on time with the skills and experience that prepare you for the job market or graduate school requires planning:

  • Think about what you want to do
  • Meet regularly with undergraduate advisor Olivia Miller and the college's Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall.
  • Meet early and often with the departmental undergraduate advisor or a faculty member to discuss your plan.
  • Fully understand college and departmental requirements

Major Requirements

Anthropology is a broad discipline, and anthropologists tend to be highly individualized, so students personalize their program—keeping the core courses simple.

This information is for academic year 2019-2020.

Core courses

  • ANTH 212: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 232: Introduction to Archeology
  • ANTH 242 and 242L: Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Laboratory

Elective courses

  • Research Methods
    3 hours in one of seven courses
  • Anthropology ACE 10 Capstone
    3 hours in one ACE 10 approved ANTH course
  • Option Courses
    18 hours in one of three options:
    • Standard: 3 hours in one elective course in each of Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, or Cultural Anthropology, then 9 hours in three other elective courses
    • Forensic Anthropology: complete 18 hours in 6 specific courses
    • Museum Studies: complete 18 hours in 6 specific courses

2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

  • Field classes in archeology and ethnography are offered most summers, and field schools in other disciplines are often available through your advisor. These are announced early in the spring term.
  • The major does not require a minor.

Anthropology Minor Requirements

18 hours of anthropology courses:

  • ANTH 110
  • One of the core courses: ANTH 212, ANTH 232 or ANTH 242/L
  • Additional courses with at least one 300 or 400 level


The anthropology student organization, AnthroGroup, is a great way to find out about department activities and meet other anthropologists. AnthroGroup:

  • Meets regularly throughout the year
  • Publishes the Nebraska Anthropologist
  • Announces meetings, jobs, internships, lectures, and other professional activities on the AnthroGroup Facebook page


We encourage anthropology majors to augment their classes with international or professional internships. Talk to faculty members or visit Career Services on the 2nd floor of the Nebraska Union for more information.

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 survey and participate in a focus group. These assessment activities in no way affect a student's grades or graduation and are used only in the department's assessment report.