Program Goals

The Anthropology major is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the cultural behavior, social organization, biological characteristics and the origin of humankind. The study of Anthropology introduces students to the discipline and provides them with a sound foundation in relevant concepts and approaches. Students will acquire knowledge related to diverse societies as well as about the concepts of anthropological theory. They will also develop their abilities to critically analyze and evaluate anthropological research. Courses such as General Anthropology, Ethnography of West Africa, Cultural Anthropology, and Anthropology of Religion provide the foundations for study and research.


Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science program in Anthropology, the student should be able to:

1. Define concepts and categories associated with Anthropology.

2. Critically explain the components of culture and be able to discuss the relationship between the environment, food, health and knowledge base in the development of culture.

3. Identify and distinguish between related theoretical and research concepts.

4. Compare and deconstruct forms of exclusion with archetypal symbols, values and attitudes that are common to mankind.

5. Discuss the reasons why cultural competence is the unique gift of Anthropology to global interdependence.

6. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of English and computer software.

7. Apply the skill in writing advance research papers using standard citations, bibliographical arrangement and other methods.


University Core specific 8 credits 
2 consecutive semesters of a foreign language

Major Requirements

Course Credits
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 201 - General Anthropology 3
SOC 205 - Marriage and Family 3
SOC 208 - Political Anthropology of African Societies 3
SOC 303 - Cultural Anthropology 3
SOC 305 - Research Methods 3
SOC 321 - Ethnography of West Africa 3
SOC 354 - Anthropology of Religion/td> 3
SOC 410 - Senior Seminar/td> 3
Total (Major) 27 credits
Three departmental electives 9
Total 36 credits

Anthropology Minor

Course Credits
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (satisfies University core) 3
SOC 201 - General Anthropology 3
SOC 205 - Marriage and Family 3
SOC 303 - Cultural Anthropology 3
Sociology Elective 3
Total 15 credits