The Anthropology Major
Department of Anthropology
State University of New York College at Oneonta


The following requirements refer only to students who declared an anthropology major before January 1, 2009.

If you declared an anthropology major after January 1, 2009, there is a new anthropology major. Click here to find out about the requirements for new majors.

If you declared an anthropology major before January 1, 2009 and want to switch to the new requirements, please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Brian Haley.


Degree Requirements

The anthropology major consists of 30 semester hours (s.h.) in anthropology courses, including 12 s.h. in four required courses, 12 s.h. in electives from four fields of study, and 6 s.h. in unrestricted electives. Of course, students can take more than 30 s.h. if they wish; however, more than 45 s.h. in anthropology cannot count toward graduation credit.

1. Study within the Major Field: (4 required courses)

2. Fields of Study (3 s.h. from each of the four areas below, for a total of 12 s.h.)

    Cultural Variation (3 s.h.) -- choose from:

    Topics in Cultural Anthropology (3 s.h.) -- choose from:

    Biocultural Anthropology (3 s.h.) -- choose from:

    Methods/Experience in Anthropology (3 s.h.) -- choose from:

3. Unrestricted Electives in Anthropology (6 s.h.)

TOTAL = 30 s.h.

* ANTH 294 (Special Topics) may count toward any of the four areas, depending on the specific topic and with permission of the Department Chair.

** ANTH 345 counts for 6 s.h. If taken, 3 s.h. counts toward the Methods/Experience core and 3 s.h. counts towards the Cultural Variation core.

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