Anthropology students are typically interested in a wide range of topics, unified only by their connection to the human condition. These interests range from the reconstruction of the evolutionary processes leading to modern humans to complex issues concerning contemporary human cultural diversity. Many students are fascinated by the archaeological remains of the peoples who previously occupied not only our region, but many other areas of the world. Many of our students are interested in traveling, meeting people of other societies, viewing museum exhibits, analyzing artifacts, interviewing and learning techniques of observation, learning new languages and developing excellent cross-cultural communication skills. Anthropology students acquire skills that serve them in many different settings and occupations, including how to communicate with people of different cultures, how to recognize the varied perspectives that characterize people from different societies, how to gather and interpret data about human beings and how to obtain funding and work within a budget.

Admission into the Major

Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). Students can declare a major by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

Students are expected to meet the director of undergraduate studies as soon as they declare a major in Anthropology. The director will advise them of curriculum requirements, assign an adviser in the department, and answer any questions concerning curriculum.

Special Opportunities

The department sponsors a local chapter of Lambda Alpha, a national anthropology honor society. Membership requires junior standing, at least 12 hours of completed coursework in the major and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. The department also supports an active student-run Anthropology Club, which is involved in archaeological digs, the Moundville Native American Festival, and many other academic and recreational activities throughout the year.

Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in anthropology must complete all University, College and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor (or second major) and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Code and Title Hours
Major Courses
ANT 102Intro to Cultural Anthropology3
ANT 107Intro to Archaeology3
ANT 210Language and Culture3
ANT 270Biological Anthropology4
ANT 421 or Ethnography3
ANT 440 Culture
ANT archaeology 300-400 level 13
ANT biological 300-400 level 23
ANT general elective 100+ level3
ANT general electives 300+ level6
Archaeology Courses 1
The archaeology requirement must be completed from this list:
Ancient New World Civilization
Southeastern Archaeology
Ancient Maya Civilization
Cultural Resource Management
GIS for Archaeologists
Archaeology East North America
North American Archaeology
Anthropology and Cemeteries
Historical Archaeology
Museum Collections Management
Anthropology and Museums
Ancient Andean Civilizations
Laboratory Methods Archaeology
Ceramics for the Archaeologist
Biological Anthropology Courses 2
The biological anthropology course must be completed from this list:
Pop., Health & Human Origins
Non-Human Primates
Legal Anthropology
Fossil Humans and Evolution
Human Osteology
The Plastic Human
Anthro of Human Development
Human Paleopathology
Cultural Anthropology/Linguistics Electives
Possible 300+ electives in cultural anthropology and linguistics can be completed from this list:
Language and Race
Anth-Modern Life
Anthropology of CAM
Linguistic Anthropology
Health and Inequalities
Culture, Mind, and Behavior
Biocultural Bodies
Ethnography of Communication
Culture, Health, and Healing
Peoples of Europe
Peoples of Latin Amer
Peoples Of Africa
Contemporary China
Myth, Ritual, And Magic
Anthropology of Art
Nutritional Anthropology
Total Hours31

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary Courses

The major in anthropology does not require ancillary courses. However, students considering graduate school are encouraged to study a foreign language.

Required Minor

This major requires the completion of a minor or a second major.

Additional Major Requirements

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.


The prerequisites for 300+ level ANT courses include introductory courses specific to a subfield (i.e., ANT 102 Intro to Cultural Anthropology is required to enroll in upper level courses in cultural anthropology, ANT 107 Intro to Archaeology is required to enroll in upper level courses in archaeology, ANT 210 Language and Culture is required to enroll in upper level courses in linguistic anthropology, and ANT 270 Biological Anthropology is required to enroll in upper level courses in biological anthropology).  Independent research classes require at least 6 hours of ANT classes be completed prior to enrollment. If a student lacks the necessary credits or courses, they may request permission to enroll from the instructor.


Students majoring in Anthropology have the options of concentrating in Archaeology of the Americas or Health Professions. No additional classes are required, but specific electives (9 hrs) will replace the 3 general electives for the major. 

Health Professions Concentration

Students pursuing a major or minor in anthropology who are interested in a career in health professions such as medicine, nursing, public health, health policy, epidemiology, medical anthropology or medical sociology can choose a sequence of courses in the health professions concentration. These students should choose the anthropology electives from the following courses:

Health Professions Concentration Hours
ANT 411Culture, Health, and Healing3
Select two of the following:6
Anthropology of Sex
Race, Ethnicity, & Human Var.
Pop., Health & Human Origins
Anthropology of CAM
Health and Inequalities
Culture, Mind, and Behavior
Myth, Ritual, And Magic
Anthro of Human Development
Human Paleopathology
Total Hours9

Archaeology of the Americas Concentration

Students pursuing a major or minor in anthropology who are interested in an academic career in archaeology or a career in cultural resource management with companies such as the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, Bureaus of Land Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and State Historic Preservation offices or private consulting firms should choose a total of nine hours of anthropology electives from the following courses:

Archaeology of the Americas Concentration Hours
ANT 269Field Archaeology (3 hours of this 6 hour course will apply)3
ANT 466Laboratory Methods Archaeology3
Select one of the following:3
Ancient New World Civilization
Southeastern Archaeology
Ancient Maya Civilization
North American Archaeology
Anthropology and Cemeteries
Historical Archaeology
Anthropology and Museums
Ancient Andean Civilizations
Ceramics for the Archaeologist

Students with anthropology degrees have employment opportunities in educational institutions, museums, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, international agencies, marketing (and other aspects of commerce), health agencies, the Park and Forest services, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, state historic preservation offices, cultural resource management firms and many other professions.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Graduates of the Department of Anthropology at UA have gone on to pursue advanced degrees, found employment in institutions of higher learning, in private cultural resource firms, in journalism and in public health entities (both in the U.S. and abroad.)

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal; professor, vice president of public service and outreach; Center for Disease Control specialist; archaeologist with the National Park Service, National Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; consumer habit researcher with Microsoft; product promotion strategist with AT&T

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center