Anthropology (B.A.)

Anthropology is a comparative social science that seeks to understand human behavior within the context of different cultural systems, past and present. Anthropology also seeks to understand human biological evolution and adaptation and their interaction with social and cultural behavior. Anthropology brings a cross-cultural knowledge base and unique methodological and conceptual tools to bear on understanding the transformations, problems and interconnections of contemporary societies. The discipline is divided into the fields of cultural, biological, linguistic anthropology,  archaeology, and applied anthropology. Wayne State’s department offers a broad-based Bachelor of Arts in anthropology, for which the following admission and degree requirements apply.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.

Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the Departmental major requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Major Requirements

Students majoring in anthropology are required to elect a minimum of thirty-four credits in anthropology, including

ANT 2100(SS) Introduction to Anthropology3-4
ANT 2110(LS) Introduction to Physical Anthropology3
ANT 3020Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 3100Cultures of the World3-4
ANT 3310Language and Culture3
ANT 5210Anthropological Methods4
ANT 5380History of Anthropology3
ANT 5993(WI) Writing Intensive Course in Anthropology 10
ANT 5996Capstone Seminar in Anthropology3
Anthropology electives9
Total Credits34-36
1

Taken concurrently with ANT 5996.

A minimum of fifteen credits must be taken in residence. The capstone course (ANT 5996) must be taken in residence. All core courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Limitations: Students may not elect more than forty-five credits in course work within the Department.

Cognate Requirements: Choices of cognate courses should be discussed with faculty in the Department of Anthropology.

Honors Program for Majors: see description of Honors Program, below.

Anthropology Honors (B.A. Program)

This program is open to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a major in anthropology who maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 and a similar g.p.a. in anthropology courses. Honors majors must demonstrate the ability to do original work by writing an honors thesis during their senior year. The anthropology honors program leads to a degree designation ‘with Honors in Anthropology’. Students in the Honors Program must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. All requirements for a major in anthropology;
  2. Overall g.p.a. of 3.3 or above;
  3. Anthropology g.p.a. of 3.3 or above;
  4. A minimum of three and a maximum of six thesis credits in anthropology (ANT 4999);
  5. An approved honors thesis;
  6. One 4000-level honors seminar (HON 4200-HON 4280) offered by the Liberal Arts and Sciences Honors Program.
  7. A total of twelve honors-designated credits including ANT 4999, the 4000-level Honors Program seminar, and other honors credits earned in Honors Program courses or in Honors sections of courses offered by other departments.

Combined Degree

Students pursuing a degree at an approved school of dentistry, medicine, or law may obtain a combined degree with anthropology in accordance with the requirements set forth by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

AGRADE Program (Accelerated Graduate Enrollment)

This program enables qualified seniors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to enroll simultaneously in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the College. Students may apply for the AGRADE Program during the term in which they will complete ninety credits; to qualify, students must have a minimum 3.6 g.p.a. in anthropology and a 3.5 in their overall g.p.a. For more details about the AGRADE Program, contact the Academic Services Officer in the Anthropology Department.