Montana State University


Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Students earning a B.S. in anthropology obtain a broad, anthropological perspective on the study of humankind. As part of the curriculum, students are expected to become familiar with and understand the interrelationships among the diverse aspects of our humanity – both present and past. These include the biological evolution of our species, the adaptive advantage of human symbolic capacities and technological abilities, and the development of culture from earliest recognizable traces through the emergence of complex civilizations. Historical concerns include investigations of the diversity of human languages, the relationship between language and world view, the ethnography of communicated practices, the cultural construction of the social and physical world, and the social and structural relationships that make sense out of people’s daily activities. These concepts are introduced and applied through course offerings in the four subfields of anthropology: social/cultural anthropology, archaeology, evolutionary/biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Students work closely with faculty to gain a well-grounded knowledge of anthropological theories and methods that allows them to pursue research in one or more subfields of study.

Anthropology is a diverse field that provides students with a solidly-grounded liberal arts education. At the same time it is a cornerstone for understanding issues of diversity in an increasingly global world. In order to gain the skills needed to pursue research, students will learn how to think critically, read in a discerning manner, formulate logical arguments, and write in a coherent fashion. The B.S. degree in Anthropology prepares students for graduate work in this discipline. Graduate degrees are typically required for professional participation in this field. In addition to professional employment as research scientists or college-level professors, anthropologists often find positions as consultants, teachers, museum curators, or as specialists in historic preservation. Equally, domestic and foreign assignments with international, federal, or state agencies and institutions, and jobs in private industry, are available. Anthropologists are also found in public service organizations, medical and public health programs, environmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and in positions that require community organizing abilities or ethnographic and social survey research skills.

While students are not required to apply for formal admission to the anthropology program, students must obtain a grade of C- or better in all Anthropology courses in order to receive credit toward graduation. Before enrolling in 394 and 494 level ANTY courses, Anthropology majors must have completed the following university core courses: WRIT 101W, University Seminar, Math Core. Students who enroll in anthropology courses without the required core or anthropology prerequisite(s) must obtain the permission of the instructor. Otherwise, those students will be required to withdraw from the course.

Academic advisors in anthropology work closely with each student to establish a viable educational plan. Ongoing interactions between students and advisors ensure that a student's educational objectives are being met as she or he moves toward a degree.

Anthropology Minor (non-teaching)

The Anthropology Minor is a non-teaching minor designed to encourage students from any discipline to explore the cross-cultural study of humankind in order to complement or supplement course work in their respective majors. The minor introduces students to the four subfields of anthropological study (evoluntionary/biological anthropology, social/cultural anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics); it also allows students within the minor the flexibility to select among a range of advanced courses in prehistory, ethnography, theory, and topical domains relative to their particular interests. The curriculum stresses critical thinking, awareness of culture-specific meanings and values, consideration of the potential sustainability of various cultural adaptations, student involvement in the learning process, and opportunities for research. For graduation, students must have a C- or higher in all required and elective courses in the minor.

Curriculum in Anthropology



Freshman Credits
ANTY 101D--Anthropology & Human Experience    3
WRIT 101W--College Writing I     3
SOCI 101IS--Sociological Inquiry or
   SOCI 150D or SOCI 201D
University Core Seminar 3
Math Core     3
University Core and Electives     15
Sophomore Credits
ANTY 215IS--Human Prehistory    3
ANTY 225IS---Culture,Language & Society     3
PHL 236--Logic     3
University Core and Electives     21
Junior Credits
ANTY 313--Biological Anthropology    3
ANTY 326--Language & Culture     3
ANTY 313--Descriptive Linquistics     3
ANTY 300-400--Archaeology elective     3
SOCI 202--Quantitative Techniques or
   STAT 216Q--Statistics
Take one of the following three courses:
     PHL 345--Philosophy of Science     3
     HSTR 417--Sci, Tech, Soc 1500-1800     3
     HSTR 419--Modern Science     3
ANTY 300-400--Cultural Anthropology Elective     3
ANTY 300-400--Electives     6
University Core and Electives    12
Senior Credits
Take one of the following two courses:
ANTY 428--Anthropological Theory or
   ANTY 425R--Social Organization
ANTY 300-400--Electives     9
University Core and Electives    15
Anthropology majors must complete one
of the following sequences of courses.

Sequence A Credits
A minor approved by the student's advisor     Min 18
Sequence B
Design an array of supporting
coursework to complement
your course of study in Anthropology.
Departmental Honors: Students may graduate
with Departmental Honors if they meet the following
requirements: GPA of 3.5 or higher and
complete an undergraduate thesis in Anthropology.

ANTY 215IS--Human Prehistory 3
ANTY 252IS--Mysteries of the Past and    3
ANTY 212CS--Bones,Apes,and Ancestors    3
ANTY 225IS--Culture,Language and Society     3
Anthropology Electives
At least 12 of the 15 electives must be from upper division courses
numbered 300 and above.

The maximum number of Anthropology transfer credits that may be applied toward the minor is 9; additional transfer credits may be accepted as negotiated with your advisor.

For Anthropology majors, the maximum number of Anthropology transfer credits accepted is 18. Major requirements include 21 elective Anthropology credits of which 18 must be upper division (300 and above) and no more than 3 credits of ANTY 490 and 492 combined can count toward fulfillment of the elective credits.

For graduation in Anthropology students must have a grade of C- or higher in all Anthropology courses. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

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