Requirements for the Anthropology Major/Minor

In consultation with an advisor, each student plans a major program that will nurture an understanding of society and the human condition, demonstrate how social and cultural knowledge are acquired through research, and enrich his or her general education. On the practical level, a major program prepares the student for graduate study in sociology or anthropology and contributes to pre-professional programs such as law and medicine. It also provides background preparation for careers in urban planning, public policy, the civil service, social work, business or personnel administration, social research, law enforcement and criminal justice, the health professions, journalism, secondary school teaching, and development programs.

The major in anthropology consists of ten courses including five core courses (Anthropology 1101 {101}, 1102, 2010 or 2020 {201 or 202}, 2030 {203}, 3010 {310}) and five electives. One elective must be an advanced course (numbered 3000–3999 {300–399}) other than 3010 {310}, and one elective must focus on a geographical area. Only one elective below the intermediate level (numbered below 2000 {200}) will be counted toward the major. One or two of the ten courses may be taken from the advanced offerings in sociology and/or, with departmental approval, from off-campus study programs. In all cases, at least eight of the ten courses must come from offerings of Bowdoin College.

The minor in anthropology consists of five anthropology courses, including Anthropology 1101 {101} and 1102, and three intermediate or advanced courses (numbered 2000–2969 {200–289} and 3000–3999 {300–399}). One of the elective courses must be an area study course, and one of the courses may be from off-campus study.

For the Major or Minor program, one semester of independent study may be counted. In order for a course to fulfill the major or minor requirements in anthropology, a grade of C- or above must be earned in that course. Courses that count toward the major or minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail).

Core Course The core courses in anthropology (1101 {101}, 1102, 2010 {201} 2030 {203} and 3010 {310}) must be taken at Bowdoin.

Interested in declaring a major or minor in Sociology or Anthropology? Download (PDF) for the appropriate form and bring to Department Coordinator, Lori Brackett in Adams 304.