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Welcome, potential Anthropology major! Here, you’ll find the resources and information you need to plan your undergraduate program, including degree requirements and recommendations for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Anthropology. It augments your Undergraduate Catalog. The Arts and Sciences Academic and Career 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 or BS degree requires thought and planning. Graduating on time with the skills and experience that position you to 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.

For more information, contact undergraduate advisor Professor McCollough.

Major 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

  • ANTH 212 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 232 Introduction to Archeology
  • ANTH 242 and 242L Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Laboratory
  • Advanced courses (ANTH 3xx, 4xx) in each of the subdisciplines
  • Research Methods course, including one of the following:

ANTH 290


ANTH 291

Laboratory work in Archaeology

ANTH 344/844

Human Osteology

ANTH 389/889

GIS in Archaeology

ANTH 443/843

Dental Anthropology

ANTH 454/854

Ethnographic Field School

ANTH 461/861

Geospatial Approaches in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

ANTH 482/882

Field Methods in Anthropology

ANTH 483/883

Advanced Field Methods

ANTH 484/884

Quantitative Methods in Anthropology

ANTH 485/885

Pro-seminar in Anthropology

ANTH 487/887

Analysis of Archaeological Materials

ANTH 490/890

Advanced Field Work

ANTH 491/891

Advanced Laboratory Work

ANTH 495/895

Internship in Anthropology

ANTH 499

Senior Research Thesis

Online sections of ANTH 212 and 232 are offered periodically but we encourage students to take lecture version of these courses, so as to develop relationships with faculty and other students.

Other Courses

In addition to these core courses, you must take 10 other credits in Anthropology. A total of 12 credits must be classes numbered 300 or 400.

ANTH 110, Introduction to Anthropology, may count toward the major requirement.

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.

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:

  • ANTH 412 Family, Marriage, and Kinship
  • ANTH 473 Ecological Anthropology
  • ANTH 474 Applied and Development Anthropology
  • At least one class in Regional Ethnography

Students interested in Biological Anthropology should take the following classes:

  • ANTH 442 Human Variation
  • ANTH 448 Human Growth and Development
  • ANTH 473 Ecological Anthropology
  • ANTH 498 Human Osteology
  • BIOS 388 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates
  • BIOS 412 Human Genetics

Students interested in Archaeology should take the following classes:

  • ANTH 431 Historical Archaeology: Current Topics
  • ANTH 432 Archeological History and Theory
  • ANTH 435 Introduction to Heritage Management Archaeology
  • A regional course, such as ANTH 433 North American Archaeology
  • A methods course in the ANTH 487 series
  • A Geographic Information Systems course
  • A field school is essential


The Anthropology major does not require a minor since we our students often take a 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 ANTH 110, to include one of the foundation courses, ANTH 212, ANTH 232 or ANTH 242/L.


Anthropology majors are encouraged to augment their classes with international or professional internships. Information on internships is available at Career Services on the 2nd floor of the Nebraska Union. Faculty members will also help students to find internship opportunities.

Career Paths and Courses

Consult our Careers in Anthropology document to learn more about how our courses support your entry into different careers.


The Anthropology student organization, AnthroGroup, is a great source of information on department activities and a good way to meet other anthropologists. AnthroGroup publishes the Nebraska Anthropologist and meets regularly throughout the year. Meetings are announced, along with job and internship opportunities, lectures, and other professional activities, via the AnthroGroup Facebook page.

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 partcipate 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.

General Education Requirements

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