Major/Minor Requirements

Major Requirements

The major in anthropology consists of 11 courses, distributed as follows.

1. Core Courses (4)
The major core consists of Anthropology 102 (Cultural Anthropology), 103 (Introduction to Archaeology), 201 (Introduction to Human Origins) and 205 (Language and Human Experience). There is no particular recommended sequence, but students should take these courses before taking more advanced courses in particular subfields. Because these introductory courses form the foundation of all future work in the major, students should complete all four before participating in an off-campus-semester program.

2. Research Methods (1)
All students must complete a junior-level (300) Research Methods course, whether the methods include field-, laboratory- or library research. This category includes anthropology courses numbered 318, 325, 341, and 365. Special Topics 4000-4999, and Independent Study 389, 390 also meet the criteria for this category.

3. Capstone Experiences (2)
Senior majors must take two courses to fulfill anthropology’s capstone requirements. Anthropology 420 (Views of Human Nature) is designed as the required senior seminar for anthropology majors. Majors must also take at least one additional course at the 400 level, which might be a Special Topics seminar (4000-4999), Independent Study project (489, 490), or Honors project (498, 499). Students should consult one of the faculty members about the latter two options.

4. Electives (4)
We recommend that the remaining four elective courses include study in more than one geographic or topical area and preferably in at least two of the four subfields of anthropology (biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural and linguistic anthropology). Electives may be taken in conjunction with overseas or off-campus study, but no more than two electives may be taken outside the department.

5. Foreign Language Co-requisite
Because our approach to studying humans is holistic and involves all four subfields of anthropology, stressing not only the evolution and social life of the genus Homo in the past and present but also language, we require all anthropology majors to study a language other than their first (i.e., dominant) language, according to the following guidelines:

1. Students who have studied a language in high school may meet the requirement by:

  • Earning a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam, or
  • Taking 200-level course work in that language at St. Lawrence.

2. Students who have not met the above guidelines may meet the requirement by successful completion of two semesters of a (different) language, either on campus or in conjunction with an overseas program.

Anthropology/African Studies Major Requirements

Anthropology offers a combined major with African Studies. A total of nine courses make up the anthropology part of the major; see African Studies for the required courses for that aspect of the combined major. Combined anthropology/African studies majors must take the four introductory courses that make up the Core curriculum (listed above), one Research Methods (300) course, one (400) capstone, and three electives numbered 200 or above. At least two of the electives should be dual-listed with African Studies; no more than two may be taken outside the department. See Anthropology Major Requirements, above, for guidelines regarding study abroad. While the language co-requisite is not required of combined majors, we strongly urge African studies combined majors to fulfill it, either on campus or in conjunction with participation in an overseas program (e.g., the Kenya Program).

Minor Requirements

The minor in anthropology consists of seven courses that must include:

  • At least three of the four introductory courses: 102 (Cultural Anthropology), 103 (Introduction to Archaeology), 201 (Human Origins) or 205 (Language and Human Experience);
  • At least two electives numbered 200 or above;
  • At least one Research Methods course numbered 300, taken in the department;
  • At least one course numbered 400, also taken in the department.

The courses beyond the introductory level should incorporate at least two of the major subfields (biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural and linguistic anthropology).