Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog Program: Anthropology Major, B.A. Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Anthropology Major, B.A.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology 

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences 

  Available Program Format(s): Online, In-Person, Hybrid 

About the Program

Anthropology studies human biological and cultural diversity through time and space. It encompasses all of humanity as well as our closest primate relatives, from the earliest prehistoric ancestors to the varied societies inhabiting the world today. The Anthropology Program at MSU Denver is committed to enhancing student knowledge and appreciation of human beings as both a biological and a cultural species. Emphasizing a holistic approach, the Anthropology Program offers courses in each of the four traditional subfields of anthropology (cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology) and provides students with effective conceptual and methodological tools for observing and studying both ancient and modern humans.

Student Outcomes

The MSU Denver Anthropology Program has the following student outcomes:

  1. Understand fundamental concepts - Describe fundamental concepts and approaches in anthropology.
  2. Analyze human diversity - Examine human diversity though time and space using anthropological theories, methods, and data.
  3. Engage critically - Implement anthropological skills, tools, and approaches toward professional, academic, and community engagement.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

  • Degree and Certificate Requirements 
  • General Studies Requirements 
  • Multicultural Graduation Requirements 
  • Senior Experience Graduation Requirements 

Program Requirements

The anthropology major requires a total of 36 semester hours, including the required core courses, practical courses, and electives listed below. The major also requires that students take an anthropology senior experience course. At least 12 upper-division semester hours in anthropology must be completed in residence at MSU Denver by students majoring in the field.

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • Anthropology majors must receive a grade of C- or better in every class for which the credits count toward the major. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is required for this program.


NOTE: All majors are required to see an anthropology advisor within two semesters of declaring anthropology as a major.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  

  • Written Communication (6 credits)
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences.

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion. 
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement.

Required Core Courses: 12 credits

Students are required to take the following four courses:

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ANT 1010 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology Credits: 3
ANT 1310 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Credits: 3
ANT 1650 - Ancient Civilizations Credits: 3
ANT 2500 - Anthropology of Language Credits: 3

Practical Courses: 6 credits

Students are required to take 6 credits of lab- or field-based courses in anthropology. Examples of courses currently offered by the department at this level include the following courses:

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ANT 2710 - Archaeological Field Research Credits: 3
ANT 3000 - Quantitative Methods in Anthropology Credits: 3
ANT 3330 - Japan: Culture, Communication, and Identity (Study Abroad) Credits: 3-6
ANT 3420 - Applied Anthropology Credits: 3
ANT 3520 - Analyzing Talk and Interaction Credits: 3
ANT 3790 - Human Osteology Credits: 3
ANT 3800 - Forensic Anthropology Credits: 3
ANT 3820 - Forensic Archaeology Credits: 3
ANT 3860 - Paleopathology Credits: 3
ANT 4100 - Biological Anthropology Research Design (Senior Experience) Credits: 3
ANT 4251 - Advanced Ethnographic Field Experience (Senior Experience) Credits: 3
ANT 4710 - Advanced Archaeological Research (Senior Experience) Credits: 3

Elective Courses: 15 credits

Students are required to take 15 semester hours of elective courses in anthropology. Examples of courses currently offered by the department include, but are not limited to, the following:

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ANT 2330 - Cross-Cultural Communication (Multicultural) Credits: 3
ANT 2350 - African Peoples and Cultures Credits: 3
ANT 2360 - Living Culture and Language of the Mexican and Chicano Credits: 3
ANT 2400 - Women’s Folklore and Folklife Credits: 3
ANT 2640 - Archaeology Credits: 3
ANT 2700 - Museum Studies Credits: 3
ANT 3100 - Human Evolution Credits: 3
ANT 3110 - Race and Human Variation Credits: 3
ANT 3122 - The Neanderthal Enigma Credits: 3
ANT 3170 - Primate Adaptation and Evolution Credits: 3
ANT 3300 - Exploring World Cultures: Variable Topics Credits: 3
ANT 3310 - Ethnography of North American Indians (Multicultural) Credits: 3
ANT 3320 - Anthropology of Japan Credits: 3
ANT 3340 - Native Americans in Historical Perspective Credits: 3
ANT 3361 - Gender and Disaster Credits: 3
ANT 3365 - Structural Violence, Poverty and Human Rights Credits: 3
ANT 3375 - Food and Culture Credits: 3
ANT 3379 - Middle Eastern Cultures Credits: 3
ANT 3380 - Exploring Folklore Credits: 3
ANT 3386 - Religious Narratives and Culture Credits: 3
ANT 3391 - Approaching Culture: Past and Present Credits: 3
ANT 3395 - Transnational Genders and Sexualities Credits: 3
ANT 3480 - Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness (Multicultural) Credits: 3
ANT 3490 - Globalization and Culture Credits: 3
ANT 3530 - Writing Systems and Scribal Traditions Credits: 3
ANT 3540 - Women in the Developing World Credits: 3
ANT 3600 - Archaeology of Eurasia and Africa Credits: 3
ANT 3610 - Colorado Archaeology Credits: 3
ANT 3630 - Archaeology of Ancient Egypt Credits: 3
ANT 3640 - Biblical Archaeology Credits: 3
ANT 3650 - 100,000 Years of War Credits: 3
ANT 3660 - Archaeology of the Americas Credits: 3
ANT 3840 - Introduction to Bioarchaeology Credits: 3

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Students are required to take one of the following anthropology senior experience courses. These courses may also count toward the practical course requirement if a student takes more than one.

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
ANT 4100 - Biological Anthropology Research Design Credits: 3
ANT 4251 - Advanced Ethnographic Field Experience Credits: 3
ANT 4710 - Advanced Archaeological Research Credits: 3

Additional Course Offerings

In addition to the courses listed above, new classes may be developed as part of the permanent catalog offerings, and other courses that are appropriate for the major may be offered under the variable topics, omnibus, or internship headings. Please see an advisor for more information.

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Major Requirements 12 credits
Practical Courses 6 credits
Elective Courses 15 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Minor and Unrestricted Electives 48-69 credits
Total for the Anthropology Major, B.A. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.