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Anthropology (BA)

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  • Program Prerequisite: Not required. 
  • Minor: Required 
  • Grade Requirements: Minimum grade of “C” in courses counted toward fulfilling the major (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable) and an overall GPA of 2.00. 
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation, of which 40 must be upper division credit hours (courses numbered 3000 and above). A minimum of 39 Anthropology credit hours is required within the Anthroplogy General Track. A minimum of 42 Anthroplogy credit hours is required within the Anthropology Archaeology Track.
  • Program Code: 7018BA or 7018BS, with ARCH or ANTH cohort based on track choice.
  • CIPC: Anthropology General Track (450201), Anthropology Archaeology Track (450201)​

Transfer students who are majoring in Anthropology can transfer up to 18 hours from an acceptable Anthropology program. Only 9 of the transferred hours can be lower division.


All Anthropology majors, minors, and BIS students should meet with a faculty advisor at least once a year. Undeclared students and those with general questions need to contact the current coordinator of Anthropology via the Sociology & Anthropology department office phone: (801) 626-6241.

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Admission Requirements

Declare your program of study (see Enrollment Services and Information ). There are no special admission or application requirements for the major or minor. New freshmen and transfer students admitted to WSU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.

Core and General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements  for either Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts requirements. The following courses may be used to fulfill both general education and program requirements: ANTH SS/DV 1000 , ANTH LS/DV 1020 , ANTH HU/DV 1040 , ANTH SS/DV 2010 , and ANTH SS 2030 .  (See university policy on any limitations).

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Understand human biological and cultural differences and similarities across the world and through time in terms of anthropological descriptions (data) and explanations (theories).
  • Understand the nature of the four specialized fields within anthropology (archaeology, biological anthropology, anthropological linguistics, and cultural anthropology), and how these interrelate to provide a holistic approach to documenting human differences and similarities across the world and through time.
  • Be proficient in basic anthropological concepts and terminology.
  • Know the processes of theory formation and how various theories have been developed, applied, and evaluated throughout the history of the discipline of anthropology.
  • Be familiar with a variety of anthropological research methods and analytic techniques.
  • Be able to apply critical thinking and reasoning skills to anthropological problems and issues.
  • Be able to write, speak, and communicate about anthropological issues.
  • Be aware of human prejudice and discrimination (e.g., racism, ethnocentrism, sexism, anthropocentrism), and the anthropological insights and alternatives which value the broad range of human behavior and adaptations.

Major Course Requirements

Required Program Courses (15 credit hours)


In addition, students must select one of the following two tracks to pursue.

Language Courses Required to fulfill the BA

General Anthropology Track

Four-Field Fundamentals Courses (6 credit hours)

Select two courses from the following


* Course may not be used to fulfill both elective and four-field fundamental course requirements.

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