Jun 13, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 [Archived Catalog]

Anthropology Major (B.A. in Anthropology) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

Major Code BA1934

Honors Tutorial College  
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723

Dr. Matthew Rosen, director of studies/contact person

Program Overview

Anthropology is the study of the human species as a whole. As a holistic discipline, anthropology requires mastery of a variety of fields. The Honors Tutorial program in anthropology balances a commitment to breadth and rigor with an opportunity for self-disciplined and highly motivated students to explore fundamental and cutting-edge issues creatively. It is a four year program during which time students are expected to take a tutorial course each semester, along with language, collateral studies and upper-division anthropology courses. This enables students to acquire the full range of skills necessary to successfully continue in graduate study. Students will have excellent opportunities for intensive study with the seven anthropologists in the department.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Applicants are selected on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. Applicants typically are required to submit additional essays, and an interview with the director of studies is required for admission. More information, including materials and deadlines, is available at www.ohio.edu/honors/tutorial-programs/apply.

Change of Program Policy

First-year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the anthropology tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. Depending on program capacity, an application to transfer into the program may be available in mid-April.

External Transfer Admission

First-year students at another institution may also apply to transfer into the anthropology tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. Depending on program capacity, a transfer deadline in mid-April may be available.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The labor/job market reflects the diversity of anthropology as a field. Past anthropology students from Ohio University have been successful in pursuing careers in professional schools including medicine, 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 experience. They have also entered government 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 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.


HTC Grade Requirements

Earn at least 120 semester hours and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one Written Communication course (ENG 1510 ) and one Advanced Writing course (FAW).

Quantitative Skills Requirement

Complete the University’s Quantitative Reasoning Requirement. More information can be found by viewing the OHIO BRICKS  page (see Quantitative Reasoning heading within “Foundations Requirements”).

HTC Seminar

First-year students must complete the following course:

Transfer students

Transfer students may substitute an HC special topics seminar for their HC 2500 requirement.


Complete the following tutorials:

Thesis Tutorials

Complete the following two tutorials focused on the development and completion of a thesis.

HTC Thesis Requirement

Approval of a completed thesis or professional project by the advisor, director of studies, and Dean of the College.

Introductory Anthropology Courses

Complete the following three courses:

Foreign Language

Complete a two-year sequence through 2120 in a single language or equivalent. Equivalent credit can be Advanced Placement or college transfer credit. Students who have prior knowledge of Spanish, French, or German must take the placement test before enrolling in these classes. (The placement exam does not count as college credit.) If you test into the 3000-level or above, the foreign language requirement is considered fulfilled, except for the Advanced Language requirement below.

Advanced Language

Complete one course at the 3000 level in the language used to meet the foreign language competency above.

Collateral Courses

Complete 10 courses from the following list (see footnote below):