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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14 [Archived Catalog]

Anthropology Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA4252

College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology Department
Bentley Annex 162
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1350
Fax: 740.593.1365

Dr. Diane Ciekawy, contact person

Program Overview

Students who choose to major in anthropology receive training in the core subfields of the discipline and choose from a variety of topics that allow for greater specialization. Members of our faculty have conducted extended research in Africa, India, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the United States, and they are dedicated to bringing their real-world experiences into the classroom. Faculty members devote much attention to students, and our majors have an opportunity to work closely with their professors.

To earn a B.A. in anthropology, you’ll take at least 11 courses in anthropology for a total of 33 semester credit hours, including introductory courses in cultural, biological, and archaeological anthropology. You’ll work with an advisor from the anthropology department to select from a flexible range of courses that best suit your interests and the University’s requirements for graduation.

Because anthropology has applications to and connections with so many other disciplines, students are encouraged to plan their program of study to include courses from biology, geological sciences, geography, history, sociology, and psychology. They are also encouraged to take courses from other academic programs in which anthropology faculty members participate, such as Global Studies, Classics and World Religions, Women’s Studies, War and Peace Studies, and Environmental Studies.

Other important aspects of Ohio University for anthropology majors are that:

  • Ohio University’s Field School of Archaeology gives students the chance to receive hands-on experience in current archaeological techniques and laboratory analysis of archaeological material in a field school taught by Ohio University anthropology faculty. In addition, the biological anthropology laboratory also gives students hands-on experience through its extensive skeletal collection. 
  • Ohio University funds competitive grants for undergraduate research projects and holds an annual Research and Creativity Fair which enables students to present their work to the university community.
  • Ohio University’s Office of Education Abroad serves a growing number of students who are choosing to travel and study outside of the U.S., offering traditional semester and summer programs, internship placements, volunteer projects and faculty-led programs to over 30 destinations worldwide.


Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The labor/job market reflects the diversity of anthropology as a field. Past anthropology students from Ohio University have been pursuing careers in professional schools including medical, law, and nursing. Anthropology students have been accepted into top graduate schools in anthropology, social work, forensics, history, and other related fields many with fellowships or research assistantships due to their Ohio University undergraduate research experiences. They have also entered many governmental agencies, including the Peace Corps, AMERICORPS, VISTA, parks service and NEH. Students in cultural anthropology often get positions in NGOs focused on U.S. or international development. Archaeology students are employed in cultural resource management (CRM) firms, historical preservation offices. Contract archaeology businesses, museums, or go on to graduate degrees and become university professors. Students in biological anthropology have graduated with positions in forensics labs, zoos, and primate centers.



Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Anthropology Hours Requirement

Complete a total of 33 semester hours of ANTH coursework, including all of the requirements below.

Introductory Anthropology Courses

Complete the following three courses:

Anthropology Subrequirements

  • Complete one course from each of the following areas (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology)
  • Complete two additional courses at the 4000-level from two of the three subrequirements
  • Complete three other anthropology courses at the 3000- or 4000-level

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