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    Feb 17, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Anthropology B.A.

(CIP = 45.0201) (ANT)

Certified Global Pathway Program

Anthropology aims at comprehending people as biological and social beings. It is concerned with all forms of people through time and space. This holistic and broad-ranging view is reflected by the presence within anthropology of four branches or sub-fields: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Exposure to anthropological information and the cross-cultural perspective produces heightened sensitivity in the student to the world about him/her. This helps the student to adopt an intellectual posture of disciplined skepticism with respect to any scheme that purports to define and account for regularities in human life. Students majoring in other fields may find anthropology coursework an exciting and valuable supplement to their primary academic interest.

This program has been certified as a Global Pathway. Global Pathway programs have significant global content and align with the goals of USF’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Global Citizens Project. Students in Global Pathway programs are well positioned to earn the Global Citizen Award and become eligible to apply for a study abroad scholarship offered by the Global Citizens Project.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • ANT XXXX Two Introductory Courses in Anthropology (ANT prefix)

Total Major Hours: 37

Major Electives (18 Credit Hours)

Students are required to complete a minimum of 18 hours of 4000-level elective coursework, including at least one course from each subfield, from the courses listed below. A minimum of three (3) of these 18 credits must be selected from a list of designated Methods courses. Methods courses may also be counted toward the subdivision requirement.

Methods Courses (3 Credit Hours)

GPA Requirements

In order to graduate, students must maintain an average best attempt 2.5 GPA in all courses counted toward the major.

Residency Requirement

Fifty percent of the major coursework must be completed at USF Tampa.

Research Opportunities

There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. Students may do a ANT 4901 - Directed Reading  or ANT 4905 - Individual Research  with credits applying to the major. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDS 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options (

Internship Opportunities

Through the internship program, anthropology students have the opportunity to receive educational, hands-on training from various organizations, agencies, companies or institutions for credit. The course includes an exploration of the ethics of applied anthropology and careers in applied settings, such as community organizing, forensics, public/community health, or cultural resource management. Students will complete field journals and receive feedback from advisers throughout. This course fulfills selective credits required for the completion of the anthropology program. For more information, please visit:

Optional Honors Program

The purpose of the Honors Program is to provide outstanding Anthropology undergraduates with advanced, individually tailored training in areas of anthropology of interest to them. The program, operating independently of the major itself, involves a year of coursework and research culminating in the writing of an Honors thesis. Students in the first semester of their junior year, prior to completion of 90 semester hours, may apply to the program.

Admission is competitive, based on the student’s overall academic record:

  • Minimum overall 3.25 GPA,
  • 3.5 GPA for USF Anthropology coursework,
  • A two-page, personal statement indicating research interests, and
  • A letter of recommendation and commitment from a faculty member of the Department of Anthropology.

Successful completion of the program requires:

  • Maintenance of an overall 3.25 GPA,
  • Maintenance of a 3.5 GPA in the major,
  • Completion of ANT 4932   Honors Seminar, with a grade of B or better,
  • Completion of ANT 4970   (3) (Honors Thesis) with a grade of “S,”
  • Presentation of the research at the Department’s Honors Colloquium
  • Completion of all other requirements for graduation.

Please see the Anthropology Department undergraduate advisor for further information and application forms.

Other Information

Anthropology majors are urged to become competent readers and speakers of a relevant foreign language (which may include American Sign Language, Latin, or Greek, depending on their interests). They are also urged to enhance their English reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking capabilities and develop their skills in computational, statistical and other forms of quantitative analysis at every opportunity. Students are encouraged to fulfill General Education and Exit requirements with courses relevant to their interests in anthropology whenever possible. In pursuit of all these goals, they should meet with the department’s undergraduate advisor at least once each semester to discuss such topics as academic progress, future course plans, Anthropology’s Honors Program, summer field schools, job opportunities, graduate education and professional careers in anthropology.

Advising Information

Anthropology Faculty

Chairperson: D. Himmelgreen; Professors: R. Baer, D. Himmelgreen, L. Madrigal, T. Pluckhahn, N. Romero-Daza, R. Tykot, C. Wells, N. White, K. Yelvington; Associate Professors: H. Castañeda, K. Davis-Salazar, A. Jackson, E. Kimmerle, D. Lende, E. Miller, R. Zarger; Assistant Professors: J. Bethard, T. Deubel, K. Jayaram, D. Mahoney, D. Wallman; Instructors: E. Ford, J. Napora, S. Taylor; Emeritus Faculty: M. Angrosino, E. Bird, K. Borman, S. Greenbaum, B. Weisman, L. Whiteford, C. Wienker, A. Wolfe.

Plan of Study

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