Requirements for the Anthropology Major/Minor

In consultation with an advisor, each student plans a major program that nurtures an understanding of society and the human condition, demonstrates how social and cultural knowledge are acquired through research, and enriches their 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 business, the civil service, ethnographic design and research development, education, humanitarian and international development, law enforcement and criminal justice, journalism, museum administration and outreach, public health and allied the health professions, public policy, social work, and urban planning among others.

The MAJOR requirements (standard for students who will matriculated in 2018 and after)

The major in anthropology consists of ten courses.

  • Four core courses: Anthropology 1101, 1103, 2010, and 2030
  • Six electives:
    • One elective must be an advanced course (numbered 3000–3999)
    • Only one elective below the intermediate level (numbered 1000– 1999) is counted toward the major.
    • Eight of the ten courses required for the major must be Bowdoin anthropology courses
    • Up to two of the ten required courses, with departmental approval, may be taken from off-campus study; Bowdoin sociology courses; and/or, with approval by the department chair, other Bowdoin courses in related fields that contribute to the student’s specific interests

Independent Studies

For the anthropology major, two semesters of independent study may be counted.

The MINOR requirements

The minor in anthropology consists of five courses. Required courses:

  • one core course: Anthropology 1101 or Anthropology 1103
  • four electives:
    • Three courses must be at the intermediate (numbered 2000–2969) or advanced level (3000–3999)
    • One of the five courses, with department approval, may be from off-campus study
    • Only two 1000-level courses (1000-1999) may be counted toward the minor

 

For those who matriculated before 2018, please opt in to the new requirements OR follow the old requirements listed below:

The OLD MAJOR requirements (standard for students who matriculated in 2015, 2016, 2017)

The major in anthropology consists of ten courses.

  • Five core courses: Anthropology 1101, 1102, 2010 or 2020, 2030, and 3010
  • Five electives:
    • One elective must be an advanced course (numbered 3000-3999) other than 3010
    • Only one elective below the intermediate level (numbered 1000-1999) is counted toward the major
    • Eight of the ten courses required for the major, including 1101, 1102, 2010 or 202, 2030, and 3010, must be taken at Bowdoin
    • One or two of the ten courses may be taken from intermediate and advanced offerings in sociology (numbered 2000-2969 and 3000-3999) and/or, with departmental approval, from off-campus study programs

Independent Studies

For the anthropology major or minor program, one semester of independent study may be counted.

The OLD minor requirements (standard for students who matriculated in 2015, 2016, 2017)

The anthropology minor consists of five courses.

  • Anthropology 1101
  • Anthropology 1102
  • Three intermediate or advanced courses (numbered 2000-2969 and 3000-3999)
  • One of the courses, with departmental approval, may be from off-campus study
  • Sociology courses do not count toward the anthropology minor

Independent Studies

For the anthropology major or minor program, one semester of independent study may be counted.