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 preprofessional 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.

If you read the new catalogue copy (2012-2013) you will discover that requirements to major or minor in Anthropology have changed. The changes apply to all students matriculating this year (2012-2013). Those of you who are declared majors and minors may continue your academic career following the requirements in place when you matriculated or opt to pursue your major or minor according to the new requirements.

New Anthropology Major Requirements

The major in anthropology consists of ten courses including five core courses (Anthropology 101, 103, 201 or 202, 203, 310) and five electives. One elective must be a 300-level course other than 310, and one elective must focus on a geographical area. Only one elective below the 200 level 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. (Note that Anthropology 103 will be taught for the first time in Spring 2014.)

New Anthropology Minor Requirements

The minor in anthropology consists of five anthropology courses, including Anthropology 101 and 103, and three 200- or 300-level courses. One of the elective courses must be an area study course, and one of the courses may be from off-campus study. (Note that Anthropology 103 will be taught for the first time in Spring 2014.) Please consult the catalogue for additional information regarding the types and levels of courses majors and minors need to take.

The new major differs from the old one in the following ways:

• Ten rather than nine Anthropology courses will be required of students living under the new major requirements.

• Anth 102 (Introduction to World Prehistory) will be replaced by Anth 103 (Introduction to Archaeology) as a core course required of all majors once Anth 103 is offered. Until then, students should take Anth 102.

• Students will have the option of taking either Anth 201 or Anth 202, which will give students interested in cultural anthropology and archaeology different methods courses.

• Majors will be required to take at least one 300-level elective.

• Majors will take at least five electives (including the 300-level elective mentioned above) and must take an area-focused course.

The new minor differs from the old one in the following ways:

• Both Anth 101 and Anth 103 (or Anth 102 until Anth 103 is offered) are required;

• Anth 201 is no longer an alternative for Anth 102/103.

• Anth 203 is not longer required.

• Three other 200- or 300-level Anthropology courses are required.

For the Major or Minor program, one semester of independent study may be counted.

Core Course The core courses in anthropology (101, 102, 103, 201, 203 and 310) must be taken at Bowdoin. Courses that will count toward the major or minor must be taken on a graded basis (not Credit/D/Fail). In order for a course to fulfill the major or minor requirements in sociology or anthropology, a grade of C- or above must be earned in that course.

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.