2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Major in Anthropology (BA/BS)

As the study of humankind, anthropology is part of the social sciences at Ball State University. It draws upon theory, methodology, and data from the humanities and biological sciences as well. Cultural anthropology is concerned with the ways people organize themselves socially in different types of groups. Archaeology is concerned with how human culture has evolved and changed through time. Biological anthropology examines the evolution and adaptation of the species, and explores variations among past and present living populations, the biological bases of human behavior, and primate studies. Linguistics, which is taught in the Ball State University Department of English, is concerned with the nature and history of language and its role in human culture. The department offers cultural field schools abroad, prehistoric and historic archaeological field schools, educational opportunities through Ball State’s Applied Anthropology Laboratory, and internship opportunities.

The anthropology major offers a core program designed to develop a foundation in all subfields of anthropology. The department also offers a minor in anthropology and the opportunity to earn departmental honors.

39 credits

Core requirements, 12 credits

ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3

ANTH 103Archaeology and Culture

3

ANTH 105Introduction to Biological Anthropology

3

ANTH 316History of Method and Theory in Anthropology

3

No individual course may be counted for both the methods requirement and the direct elective requirement in any area.

Methods A/B/C, 9 credits

One ANTH Methods course from Area A: Archaeology  (3 credits)
One ANTH Methods course from Area B: Biological (3 credits)
One ANTH Methods course from Area C: Cultural (3 credits)

ANTH Electives, 15 credits

One ANTH Directed Elective course from Area A: Archaeology (3 credits)
One ANTH Directed Elective course from Area B: Biological (3 credits)
One ANTH Directed Elective course from Area C: Cultural (3 credits)
Two ANTH Elective courses from any area (6 credits)

ANTH 414 UCC Tier 3 Capstone, 3 credits

ANTH 414Applied Anthropology

3

Complete 9 credits methods, 3 from each Area

Area A: Archaeology

ANTH 313Fundamentals of Archaeology

3

ANTH 429Laboratory Methods in Material Culture

3

ANTH 445Archaeological Field School

3-6

ANTH 457Applied Archaeology

3

ANTH 463Theory and Method in Historical Archaeology

3

Area B: Biological

ANTH 416Human Osteology

3

ANTH 417Forensic Anthropology

3

ANTH 427Culture and Medicine

3

Area C: Cultural

ANTH 322Urban Anthropology

3

ANTH 409Digital Anthropology

3

ANTH 459Ethnographic Methods

3

ANTH 450Ethnographic Field School

3-6

ANTH Electives, 9 credits, at least 3 from each Area

Area A: Archaeology

ANTH 310Topics in Old World Prehistory

3 TO 6

ANTH 343Historical Archaeology of Eastern United States

3

ANTH 364Prehistory of Eurasia

3

ANTH 420Topics in New World Archaeology

3 TO 6

ANTH 429Laboratory Methods in Material Culture

3

ANTH 434Midwestern Archaeology

3

ANTH 457Applied Archaeology

3

ANTH 463Theory and Method in Historical Archaeology

3

ANTH 361Special Topics in Archaeology

3-6

Area B: Biological

ANTH 315Human Paleontology

3

ANTH 362Special Topics in Biological Anthropology

3-6

ANTH 405Human Biological Variation

3

ANTH 406Life History Theory of Growth, Maintenance, and Reproduction

3

ANTH 416Human Osteology

3

ANTH 417Forensic Anthropology

3

ANTH 427Culture and Medicine

3

ANTH 455Primatology

3

Area C: Cultural

ANTH 231Cannibals, Warriors, and Princesses: Native Americans in Popular Culture

3

ANTH 241Gender, Sex, and Sexuality

3

ANTH 242Folklore and Folklife

3

ANTH 308Introduction to Anthropological Linguistics

3

ANTH 311Ethnicity and Race

3

ANTH 312Ecological Dimensions of Culture

3

ANTH 314Applied Anthropology

3

ANTH 342Anthropology of the United States

3

ANTH 363Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology

3-6

ANTH 409Digital Anthropology

3

ANTH 432Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands, 16th-20th Century

3

ANTH 451Witchcraft, Magic, and Religion

3

ANTH 452Anthropology of Technology

3

ANTH 471Methods and Theories of Ethnohistory

3

Complete 6 additional credits of ANTH electives from area A, B, or C or from the list below

ANTH 369Paid Internship in Anthropology

1-3

ANTH 479Unpaid Internship

1-3