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ARCHIVED 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology Concentration, BS

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Forensic Anthropology is the application of anthropological method and theory to matters of legal concern, particularly those that relate to the recovery and analysis of the human skeleton. The goal of WCU’s forensic anthropology program is to provide our students with the education and skills needed to support their future careers in forensic anthropology or related fields such as death investigation, law enforcement, or medicine.

Total number of hours for the program: 120. Students must meet all requirements indicated including a second major, minor, or other approved program.

Liberal Studies Hours (42 hours)

Liberal Studies Program Requirements  

Major Requirements (36 hours)

The major requires 36 hours as follows. Nine hours of Anthropology Core courses, nine hours of  Anthropology Perspective courses, nine hours of Forensic Anthropology courses specified for the concentration, and nine hours of Anthropology Program Electives are required in the major.  Students may also finish an approved Engaged Learning Experience.  Each student has the option of working with their departmental advisor to enter into an Engaged Learning Requirement Contract.  This contract will detail the specific activities to be undertaken and corresponding deliverable to be produced during the experience. Engaged Learning Experiences may be associated with a travel course, independent study, internship, designated Engaged Learning course, or an independent engaged learning experience.

Anthropology Perspectives (9 hours)

Must take at least one course in each category:

Anthropology Program Electives

Electives (9 hours) selected from junior and senior level anthropology courses.  Students may use up to 6 hours of Native American Studies (NAS) courses as program electives.

Additional Program Requirements (42 hours)

To complete the program, 42 hours are required, including a second major, minor, or other approved program. Students must take at least 30 hours at the junior-senior level at WCU to satisfy general degree requirements.

Visit the department’s website at http://www.wcu.edu/learn/departments-schools-colleges/cas/casdepts/anthsoc/anthropology-and-sociology-curriculum/eight-semester-plan-for-b.s.-in-anthropology-forensic-anthropology-concentration.asp to view the eight-semester curriculum guide.

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