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Anthropology, BS


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Total number of hours for the program: 120. Students must meet all of the 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:

  • Twelve hours of Anthropology Core courses
  • Nine hours of Perspective courses from three categories (sociocultural/linguistic; archeology, and bio-anthropology), and
  • Fifteen hours of Anthropology Program Electives or six hours of Anthropology Program Electives and nine hours of an Anthropology Concentration

Students may also finish an optional approved Engaged Learning Experience by working with their departmental advisor to complete 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)


Take at least one course in each of the following categories:

Anthropology Program Electives/Concentration (15 hours)


Take 15 hours of electives selected from anthropology courses at the 200-level or above.  Students may use up to six hours of Native American Studies (NAS) courses as program electives.

OR

Take 6 hours of electives selected from anthropology courses at the 200-level or above.  Students may use up to six hours of Native American Studies (NAS) courses as program electives.

AND

Choose an Anthropology Concentration (9 hours) from the options below.

  • Archaeological Practice
  • Archaeological Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Forensic Anthropology


Archaeological Practice Concentration


Take 9 hours consisting of

Archaeological Studies Concentration


Cultural Anthropology Concentration


Take nine additional hours of Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology courses listed above. (This is in addition to the three hour Perspective requirement.)

Forensic Anthropology Concentration


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.

Take nine hours consisting of

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


http://www.wcu.edu/learn/departments-schools-colleges/cas/social-sciences/anthsoc/ to view the eight-semester curriculum guide.

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