Anthropology Undergraduate Course of Study

Course of Study: Major

Students majoring in anthropology can select from a wide variety of courses organized under four subfields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical (or biological) anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Although majors take some course work in each of the four subfields, they are encouraged to shape their own programs to meet individual needs and interests.

The major in anthropology requires 36 credits within the department, including Anthro 101, 102, 103, 105 (360), and one course from each of the five curriculum categories below. At least 15 credits in advanced-level courses (numbered 300 or above) must be taken in residence at UWM.

The College of Letters and Science requires all students to complete a research experience in their majors. Anthropology majors may complete the research requirement in the context of one of the following courses:

  • Anthro 401: Primate Populations
  • Anthro 497: Study Abroad: "Peru, Past and Present - Archaeological Perspective" subtitle
  • Anthro 525: Zooarchaeology
  • Anthro 560: Introduction to Research Methods in Anthropology
  • Anthro 566: Archaeological Analysis and Report Preparation: (Subtitle)

Finally, Anthro 460 Anthropological Theory, which is the program's capstone course, is required for all students majoring in anthropology. Only seniors may enroll, and it is recommended that they do so after having completed all other anthropology course requirements.

Students majoring in anthropology must earn a GPA of 2.5 or better in anthropology courses taken at UWM. In addition, the College requires that students attain a 2.5 or better GPA in all anthropology courses, including transfer work.

Course of Study: Minor

The anthropology minor requires 18 credits within the department, including Anthro 101, 102, and one course from each of the following curriculum categories: physical anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, and linguistics. Waiver or substitution in any of these categories may be approved, in some circumstances, by the assistant to the chair for undergraduate affairs in consultation with the student’s advisor. Students must earn 9 credits in advanced-level courses (numbered 300 or above) taken in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including transfer work.

Elective Courses by Curriculum Category

Physical Anthropology
Anthro 301: Human Evolution and Variation, 3 credits
Anthro 401: Primate Populations, 3 credits
Anthro 402: Primate Evolution, 3 credits
Anthro 403: The Human Skeleton, 3 credits
Anthro 404: Seminar in Human Evolutionary Physiology, 3 credits
Anthro 405: Forensic Anthropology, 3 credits
Anthro 406: Evolutionary Biology and Human Diseases, 3 credits
Anthro 407: Neuroanthropology, 3 credits
Anthro 408: Hormones and Behavior, 3 credits
Anthro 411: Human Evolution, 3 credits
Anthro 651: Biology of the Primates, 3 credits
Archaeology
Anthro 304: Violence and Warfare in Prehistory, 3 credits
Anthro 305: The Celtic World, 3 credits
Anthro 306: European Archaeology, 3 credits
Anthro 307: World Archaeology: Foundations of Civilization, 3 credits
Anthro 308: Archaeology of North America, 3 credits
Anthro 309: Archaeology of Central and South America, 3 credits
Anthro 310: Archaeology of Middle America, 3 credits
Anthro 311: The World of the Ancient Maya, 3 credits
Anthro 425: Hunter-Gatherer Lifeways: Past and Present, 3 credits
Anthro 465: Historic Preservation in Archaeology, 3 credits
Anthro 466: Historical Archaeology, 3 credits
Anthro 501: Archaeology of Death, 3 credits
Anthro 525: Zooarchaeology: Analysis of Faunal Remains, 3 credits
Anthro 535: Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics, 3 credits
Anthro 565: Seminar in Regional Archaeology: (Subtitle), 3 credits
Anthro 636: Geochronology, 3 credits
Ethnology and Related Sociocultural Subjects
Anthro 302: Anthropology and Popular Culture, 3 credits
Anthro 314: American Indian Societies and Cultures, 3 credits
Anthro 315: Peoples and Cultures of Mexico and Central America, 3 credits
Anthro 316: Peoples and Cultures of South America, 3 credits
Anthro 317: Peoples and Cultures of Brazil, 3 credits
Anthro 318: Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean, 3 credits
Anthro 319: Peoples and Cultures of the Pacific, 3 credits
Anthro 320: Peoples and Cultures of Africa, 3 credits
Anthro 322: Europe in Anthropological Perspective, 3 credits
Anthro 325: Japanese Culture and Society, 3 credits, 3 credits
Anthro 326: Peoples and Cultures of South Asia, 3 credits
Anthro 328: Comparative Studies of Music, Race, and Gender in Nationalism, 3 credits
Anthro 335: American Indians of the Southeast, 3 credits
Anthro 349: Seminar in Ethnography and Cultural Processes, 3 credits
Anthro 354: Anthropology of Art, 3 credits
Anthro 355: Globalization, Culture, and Environment, 3 credits
Anthro 400: Human Sociobiology, 3 credits
Anthro 431: Urban Anthropology, 3 credits
Anthro 440: Medical Anthropology, 3 credits
Anthro 441: Nature, Knowledge, and Technoscience in Anthropological Perspective, 3 credits
Anthro 443: Medicine and Pharmaceuticals in the Global Age, 3 credits
Anthro 445: Psychological Anthropology, 3 credits
Anthro 446: The Child in Different Cultures, 3 credits
Anthro 447: The Global Politics of Human Rights, 3 credits
Anthro 448: Cultural and Human Ecology, 3 credits
Anthro 449: Economic Anthropology, 3 credits
Anthro 450: Political Anthropology, 3 credits
Anthro 540: Applications of Anthropology, 3 credits
Anthro 543: Cross-Cultural Study of Religion, 3 credits
Linguistic Anthropology
Anthro 361: Applications in Linguistic Anthropology, 3 credits
Anthro 362: System Failure: Globalization and Language Extinction, 3 credits
Anthro 366: Seminar in Aspects of Linguistic Anthropology, 3 credits
Methods Courses
Anthro 560: Introduction to Research Methods in Anthropology, 3 credits
Anthro 561: Techniques and Problems in Ethnography, 3 credits
Anthro 562: Techniques and Problems in Archaeology, 3 credits
Anthro 566: Archaeological Analysis and Report Preparation: (Subtitle), 3 or 6 credits
Anthro 567: Archaeological Field School, 3 or 6 credits
Anthro 568: Introduction to Anthropological Statistics, 3 credits