Anthropology - Bachelor of Arts

The field of anthropology provides a broadly based education in the social and biological sciences. Undergraduate anthropology majors develop an understanding of human diversity that will benefit them in a wide variety of careers. They have particular advantage in positions that require contact with different cultures and ethnic groups or with large organizations that provide human services.

Students intending to become professional anthropologists usually plan to go on for an advanced degree. They can pursue careers in teaching, archaeological research, museums, public and private cultural resource management, international development and business, human services and health care, forensic sciences, urban planning, agricultural development, and administration. While anthropology is a traditional academic discipline, it also has become an applied profession.

Today, many anthropologists hold important positions in government, business, public policy organizations, and health professions. Anthropology’s broad perspective on human diversity and intercultural relations provides students with valuable professional skills. NMSU anthropologists are committed to teaching practical knowledge and useful skills that will contribute to students’ career goals and to their intellectual development.


Departmental Requirements
ANTH 301Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 315Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH 320Anthropological Linguistics3
ANTH 350Anthropological Theory3
ANTH 355Physical Anthropology3
ANTH 399Professionalism & Practice in Anthropology3
ANTH 301, ANTH 315, ANTH 320, and ANTH 355 may be taken in any order that best suits the student's interests.
Nondepartmental Requirements 1
Select one English course from the following list3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Select one Mathematics course from the following list3
Mathematics Appreciation3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (recommended)3
Select two Viewing the Wider World Courses 26
Select additional electives in anthropology to bring total credits in major to 36, including 27 upper-division.12
Select sufficient electives to bring total credits to 120, including 48 upper-division.78
Second Language Requirement: (required- see below)
Total Credits120

A grade of C- or better must be earned.


Students must complete two Viewing the Wider World Courses (VWW) for a total of 6 credits. One VWW must be from outside of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the second must be from outside of Anthropology. A student may substitute three credits taken as study abroad for one of the VWW course requirements.  

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology there is a two year second language requirement, the student must do one of the following:

Option 1:

Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 111
CHIN 112
CHIN 211
CHIN 212
Elementary Chinese I
and Elementary Chinese II
and Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
FREN 111
FREN 112
FREN 211
FREN 212
Elementary French I
and Elementary French II
and Intermediate French I
and Intermediate French II
GER 111
GER 112
GER 211
GER 212
Elementary German I
and Elementary German II
and Intermediate German I
and Intermediate German II
JPNS 111
JPNS 112
JPNS 211
JPNS 212
Elementary Japanese I
and Elementary Japanese II
and Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
SPAN 111
SPAN 112
SPAN 211
SPAN 212
Elementary Spanish I
and Elementary Spanish II
and Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II
PORT 213
PORT 214
Portuguese for Romance Language Students I
and Portuguese for Romance Language Students II
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 113
SPAN 213
SPAN 214
Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
and Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 2:

Complete two semesters of American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
C D 374American Sign Language I3
C D 375American Sign Language II3
C D 476American Sign Language III3

Option 3:

Challenge the 212 level for the following courses:
CHIN 212Intermediate Chinese II3
or FREN 212 Intermediate French II
or GER 212 Intermediate German II
or JPNS 212 Intermediate Japanese II
or SPAN 212 Intermediate Spanish II
Challenge the 214 level for the following courses:
PORT 214Portuguese for Romance Language Students II3
or SPAN 214 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of three years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.

Anthropology Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Rhetoric and Composition
or Rhetoric and Composition Honors
Select one of the following Mathematics courses 3
Mathematics Appreciation  
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (recommended)  
Select one of the Anthropology Area IV Gen Ed Courses 3
Human Ancestors  
Introduction to World Cultures  
Introduction to Anthropology  
World Archaeology  
Window on Humanity  
Archaeology: Search for the Past  
Area V Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Second Language 111 or Placement 4
ANTH 130G Human's Place in Nature: Introduction to Biological Anthropology 3
ANTH 130GL Human's Place in Nature Laboratory 1
Area I Communications, select one of the following 3
Public Speaking  
Principles of Human Communication  
Principles of Human Communication Honors  
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations  
Area IV Social/Behavioral Sciences: Anth 120G, Anth 125G, Anth 201G, and Anth 202G count as Area IV and the major 3
Area V Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Second Language 112 4
Second Year
ANTH 301 Cultural Anthropology 1 3
Non-Departmental Area I English, select one of the following 3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
Technical and Scientific Communication  
Advanced Composition  
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication  
Second Language 211 2 3
Area IV or V General Education course 3
Elective 3
ANTH 315 Introduction to Archaeology 3 3
Area III Laboratory Science with Lab 4
Second Language 212 2 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Anthropology and Archaeology Field Schools are typically offered in Summer
Intermediate Archaelogical Field School  
Archaeological Field School Advanced  
Third Year
ANTH 320 Anthropological Linguistics 1 3
VWW Course 4 3
Anth Elective - any level 3
Minor 5 3
Elective 3
ANTH 355 Physical Anthropology 1 3
ANTH 399 Professionalism & Practice in Anthropology (offered only in Spring semester) 6 3
VWW Course 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Archaeological Field School 8  
Ethnographic Field School 8  
Study Abroad  
Fourth Year
ANTH 350 Anthropological Theory (offered only in fall semester) 7 3
Anthropology - Upper Division Elective 7 3
Minor - upper division 3
Minor - upper division 3
Elective - upper division 3
Anthropology - upper division elective 3
Anthropology - upper division elective 3
Minor - upper division 3
Additional elective 3
 Total Credits122

 Core courses Anth 301, Anth 315, Anth 320, and Anth 355 may be taken in any order that best suits the student's academic development.


  Please note that immersion courses abroad are available through Study Abroad and may substitute for courses in the second language sequence.


 Summer Course offerings commonly include Anth 388, Anth 488 Archaeological Field School, which follows logically from the Anth 315 core class.


 Students are encouraged to Study Abroad or begin a minor in a related field, and a VWW course can often be an entry to a minor. Three credits of Study Abroad may substitute for one VWW requirement.


 Anthropology students often complete minors in related fields. It is recommended but not required. See faculty for advice about how to enhance your educational development with a minor. 


 Please note that Anth 399 is a capstone course for the degree and ideally should be taken in the Spring of the junior year, after completion or in conjunction with the Anthropology core courses. Anth 399 is only offered in the Spring semester.


 A minimum of 27 upper division credits in Anthropology is required overall. A minimum of 36 total credits in Anthropology is required for the B.A. degree.


 For summer field opportunities, consult a faculty advisor. Applications for summer field courses are usually due by mid March. Honors students in Anthropology are encouraged to seek out National Science Foundation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites Programs in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The NMSU Honors College also offers the Honors College Scholarship for a self-designed international travel and research experience. Sophomore and Junior Crimson Scholars are eligible to apply.