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.

Requirements

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1
Rhetoric and Composition4
Rhetoric and Composition Honors
English Composition - Level 2
Select one English course from the following list 1
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication 2
Area II: Mathematics3-4
Any Mathematics course found in Area II will meet the requirement, excluding MATH 112G 2
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (recommended)3
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences 3,410-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences (4 credits)
Human's Place in Nature: Introduction to Biological Anthropology (recommended, not required)
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
The following are recommended but not required.
Human Ancestors3
Introduction to World Cultures3
Introduction to Anthropology3
World Archaeology3
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits)
Area V: Humanities 23
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 23
General Education Elective 23-4
Viewing A Wider World 56
Departmental/College 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.
Departmental Electives
Select additional electives in anthropology to bring total credits in major to 36, including 27 upper-division.12
Second Language Requirement: (required- see below)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 12052-49
Students must graduate with 48upper-division.
Total Credits120

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:

Prefix Title Credits
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
14
FREN 111
FREN 112
FREN 211
FREN 212
Elementary French I
and Elementary French II
and Intermediate French I
and Intermediate French II
14
GER 111
GER 112
GER 211
GER 212
Elementary German I
and Elementary German II
and Intermediate German I
and Intermediate German II
14
JPNS 111
JPNS 112
JPNS 211
JPNS 212
Elementary Japanese I
and Elementary Japanese II
and Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
14
SPAN 111
SPAN 112
SPAN 211
SPAN 212
Elementary Spanish I
and Elementary Spanish II
and Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II
14
PORT 213
PORT 214
Portuguese for Romance Language Students I
and Portuguese for Romance Language Students II
6
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
9

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for 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:

Prefix Title Credits
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
OR
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.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 210G Mathematics Appreciation and ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and english. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 111G
Rhetoric and Composition
or Rhetoric and Composition Honors
4
Any Mathematics course found in Area II will meet the requirement, excluding MATH 112G 3
Mathematics Appreciation  
College Algebra  
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (recommended)  
Area III/IV: Laboratory and Social/Behavioral Science: Select one of the Anthropology Gen Ed Courses 1 3-4
Human Ancestors  
Introduction to World Cultures  
Introduction to Anthropology  
World Archaeology  
Window on Humanity  
Archaeology: Search for the Past  
Area V: Humanities or Area IV: Creative and Fine Arts 2,3 3
Second Language 111 or Placement 4 4
 Credits17-18
Spring
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 III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 1 3-4
The following will count for the major:  
Human Ancestors  
Introduction to World Cultures  
Human's Place in Nature: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
and Human's Place in Nature Laboratory
 
Introduction to Anthropology  
World Archaeology  
Area V: Humanities or Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 2,3 3
Second Language 112 4 4
 Credits13-14
Second Year
Fall
ANTH 301 Cultural Anthropology 5 3
Area I: Communications, 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 4 3
Anthropology Elective Course or Core Course 1 3
General Education Elective Course 3-4
 Credits15-16
Spring
ANTH 315 Introduction to Archaeology 7 3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 1 4
Second Language 212 4 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits16
Summer
Anthropology and Archaeology Field Schools are typically offered in Summer
Intermediate Archaelogical Field School  
Archaeological Field School Advanced  
 Credits0
Third Year
Fall
ANTH 355 Physical Anthropology 3
Viewing a Wider World Course 8 3
Anthropology Elective - any level 3
Minor Course or Elective Course 9 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Spring
ANTH 320 Anthropological Linguistics 3
ANTH 399 Professionalism & Practice in Anthropology (offered only in Spring semester) 10 3
Viewing a Wider World Course 8 3
Minor Course or Elective Course 9 3
Minor Course or Elective Course 9 3
 Credits15
Summer
Archaeological Field School 10  
Ethnographic Field School 10  
Study Abroad  
 Credits0
Fourth Year
Fall
ANTH 350 Anthropological Theory (offered only in fall semester) 12 3
Anthropology Elective Course - Upper Division 12 3
Minor Course or Elective Course (Upper Division) 9 3
Minor Course - upperMinor Course or Elective Course (Upper Division) division 9 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 3
 Credits15
Spring
Elective Course - Upper Division 3
Anthropology Elective Course - Upper Division 3
Minor Course or Elective Course (Upper Division) 3
Elective Course(s) 5
 Credits14
 Total Credits120-123