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Anthropology B.A.

Sociology/Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 40
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Anthropology focuses on the holistic study of diverse peoples and cultures with a central focus on what it means to be human. We are committed to an integrative and comparative approach that draws on the rich tradition of the four-fields (cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, biological anthropology) while also bringing the methods and insights of the discipline to issues of critical importance to today's globalizing societies. We emphasize qualitative methodology, including knowledge of the uses and limitations of standard methods, visual analysis and the production of visual representations of reality using tools such as photography and video, participatory research with communities, and public ethnography. We also emphasize a strong ethical component concerning the study of humans, and the relationship between theory and method in qualitative fieldwork. Areas of knowledge and skills our program delivers: * specific ethnographic areas such as Middle, Central and South America, the Middle East, Europe, North America (including U.S. culture), Africa. * political, social, and environmental issues within the context of international and intranational diversity, framed within the Department's overall unifying socially-relevant themes of inequality, identify, power, social change and development, and global multiculturalism. * community engagement and participatory culture. * major historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives. A final project, ANTH 4653-Senior Seminar, provides anthropology majors a capstone experience to use their research skills in applied projects. Honors Requirements: Honors students participate in independent research, working closely with a faculty member. Qualified majors apply to the honors program before the end of the second week of their senior year after they have completed or are enrolled in ANTH 4651-Development of Anthropological Theory or ANTH 4652-Cultural Theory for Wicked Problems.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. A second field of study (either a minor or another major).
Lower Division (8 cr)
Choose any two different ANTH 1xxx level courses, for a total of 8 credits.
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· ANTH 1xxx
Career Development (2 cr)
ANTH 2001 - Career Development in Anthropology (2.0 cr)
Upper Division Theory (4 cr)
ANTH 4651 - Development of Anthropological Theory (4.0 cr)
or ANTH 4652 - Cultural Theory for Wicked Problems (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Methods (4 cr)
ANTH 3156 - Digital and Participatory Research Methods (4.0 cr)
or ANTH 4620 - Archaeological Method and Theory (4.0 cr)
or SOC 3156 - Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis (4.0 cr)
Senior Capstone (3 cr)
ANTH 4653 - Senior Seminar (3.0 cr)
Electives (15 cr)
Students must take at least 2 different courses/6-8 credits in ANTH 3xxx and 2 different courses/6-8 credits in ANTH 4xxx. An additional course is required, which may be another ANTH course, or may be from a different area of study in the 'additional elective' area. Note: ANTH 4696, 4697, 4699 & 4910 carry variable credit. Only three credits maximum in one course or combined from these three courses count toward the ANTH 4xxx requirement; additional credits will apply to the degree.
ANTH 3xxx
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3xxx
ANTH 4xxx
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· ANTH 4xxx
Additional Elective
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· AAAS 3xxx-4xxx
· ANTH 1xxx-4xxx
· AMIN 3xxx-4xxx
· CRIM 3xxx-4xxx
· CUE 3xxx-4xxx
· GEOG 3xxx-4xxx
· LING 3xxx-4xxx
· SOC 3xxx-4xxx
· WS 3xxx-4xxx
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 31xx - Adv Writing (3 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD.
ANTH 2001 - Career Development in Anthropology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Overview of career opportunities for anthropological skill sets. The mechanics of career development: locating jobs; matching skills to job requirements; networking; writing resumes, cover letters, CV's, and graduate application essays. A focus on the lifelong process of building a career.
ANTH 4651 - Development of Anthropological Theory
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 90 credits, no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theoretical perspectives from mid-19th century to the present; examines the interrelationship of method and theory, and implications for practice of anthropology. prereq: minimum 90 credits, no grad credit
ANTH 4652 - Cultural Theory for Wicked Problems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 30 credits
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
A wicked problem is a social or cultural problem difficult to solve for many reasons: incomplete or contradictory knowledge, the number of people or opinions involved, the large economic burden of solutions, and the interconnected nature of these with other problems. This course explores the ways that cultural theory provides critical insights in complex contemporary arenas such as government policy, nonprofit work, law, business, communications, education, health issues, environment and conservation, natural resources management, risk management, natural disaster responses, and more. The goal of the course is to teach students the value of cultural theory in understanding and working within the complexities of the contemporary world. prereq: minimum 30 credits
ANTH 3156 - Digital and Participatory Research Methods
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 30 credits
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course teaches participatory research and media production as practiced in anthropology as a transformative process through which students can become agents of change. The course engages students through scholarly and active learning to develop research skills, including digital and participatory methods in collaboration with people studied, to facilitate cultural and visual literacy. Course emphasizes field techniques, data analysis, and interpretation, and the use of digital technologies (such as videos, social media, etc.) as course of data as well as means of communication. Lab. prereq: minimum 30 credits
ANTH 4620 - Archaeological Method and Theory
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 1612; no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Principles of archaeology including data collection, data analysis, history of the field, theoretical approaches, laws, and professional ethics. prereq: minimum 60 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 1612; no grad credit
SOC 3156 - Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of qualitative research methods to study of social structures. Emphasizes field techniques, secondary data analysis, and interpretation. Lab prereq: (2155 or anth major or urs major or cst minor), at least 60 cr or instructor consent
ANTH 4653 - Senior Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 90 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Contemporary topics in selected branches of anthropology. Active participation in group research project to develop and enhance anthropological research skills. prereq: minimum 90 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit