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Anthropology

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Anthropology is the study of humankind in all times and places.  It is perhaps the broadest of the liberal arts disciplines in the scope of its focus on humanity. A major in anthropology offers opportunities to learn about the diverse people of today’s world, as well as about their biological and cultural origins. This area of study deals with ecology, society, biology, culture, language and other aspects of human life.  In addition, anthropologists study history and evolution in both a cultural and biological framework.  

Careers

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Our majors have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of social relationships, cultural frameworks and ethnic groups necessary for improving cross-cultural understanding.  This strong background across the anthropological sub disciplines qualifies them for employment in a wide range of markets.  

Career opportunities in Anthropology

  • museums
  • women's organizations
  • international development agencies
  • ethnic and cultural organizations
  • refugee / immigrant assistance organizations
  • community centers and services
  • historic preservation offices
  • cultural resource management agencies
  • archives
  • zoos
  • social service agencies
  • art galleries
  • market research firms
  • historical societies
  • mission organizations
  • parks and historic sites
  • antique collectible shop

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Anthropology (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • ANT 220 - INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY3

    The study of the lifeways and beliefs of different peoples. The objectives of the course are to foster an appreciation for the variety of cultural traditions found throughout the world, and to introduce students to anthropological concepts and methods of inquiry.

  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Humanities3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • ANT 240 - INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY3

    Introduces the theories, techniques, and strategies used by archaeologists to recover and interpret information about past cultures.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • Anthropology Course (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • ANT 230 - INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY3

    This course explores the ways in which biology, the environment and culture come together to form the human condition. Topics include human genetics, human evolution, primate behavior, contemporary human variation and applied biological anthropology, including forensics, child growth and human nutrition. This course includes a laboratory component.

  • Foreign Language 2013
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Foreign Language 2023
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • Anthropology Course (200+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • Anthropology Course (300+ level)3
  • Anthropology Course (300+ level)3
  • Anthropology Course (300+ level)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Anthropology Course (300+ level)3
  • Anthropology Course (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Anthropology (300+ level)3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • Anthropology Course (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Anthropology (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • ANT 582 - SENIOR INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR3

    Seminar focusing on current issues in anthropology. Purpose is to provide a format in which advanced undergraduates can integrate knowledge acquired in previous anthropological course work and evaluate the contribution of the different anthropological subdisciplines to understanding contemporary problems. Emphasis placed on oral and written communication. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • Anthropology (BS) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • ANT 220 - INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY3

    The study of the lifeways and beliefs of different peoples. The objectives of the course are to foster an appreciation for the variety of cultural traditions found throughout the world, and to introduce students to anthropological concepts and methods of inquiry.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • ANT 240 - INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY3

    Introduces the theories, techniques, and strategies used by archaeologists to recover and interpret information about past cultures.

  • Foreign Language 1024
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • UK Core - Humanities3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • ANT 230 - INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY3

    This course explores the ways in which biology, the environment and culture come together to form the human condition. Topics include human genetics, human evolution, primate behavior, contemporary human variation and applied biological anthropology, including forensics, child growth and human nutrition. This course includes a laboratory component.

  • Foreign Language 2013
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Anthropology Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Foreign Language 2023
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • Anthropology Course (200+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
    • Total Sophomore Hours33

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • Course Outside Anthropology (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Anthropology Course (300+ level)3
  • Anthropology Course (300+ level)3
  • Anthropology Course (300+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • Anthropology Course (300+ level)3
  • Anthropology Course (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Anthropology (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours33

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • ANT 582 - SENIOR INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR3

    Seminar focusing on current issues in anthropology. Purpose is to provide a format in which advanced undergraduates can integrate knowledge acquired in previous anthropological course work and evaluate the contribution of the different anthropological subdisciplines to understanding contemporary problems. Emphasis placed on oral and written communication. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Natural Science/Math Course (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

Anthropology majors learn about the diverse people of today’s world, as well as about their biological and cultural origins. Majors explore aspects of human life such as ecology, society, biology, culture, and language. Anthropologists also study history and evolution in both a cultural and biological framework.

Anthropology B.A. Four Year Plan Anthropology B.S. Four Year Plan

Graduation Requirements

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the major requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete a minimum of 60 hours in biological, physical, mathematical and/or computer sciences. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees in the Arts and Sciences section of the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

UK Core Requirements

  • The Nature of Inquiry in Arts and Creativity (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Humanities (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • The nature of Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication I (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication II (3 hours)
  • Quantitative Foundations (3 hours)
  • Statistical and Inferential Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA (3 hours)
  • Global Dynamics (3 hours)

Total Credit Hours - 30


Major Requirements 

Core Requirements

  • ANT 220 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology [3 hours]
  • ANT 230 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology [3 hours]
  • ANT 240 - Introduction to Archaeology [3 hours]
  • ANY 582 - Senior Integrative Seminar [3 hours]

Anthropology Electives

  • 21 hours. No more than 3 hours at the 100 level; at least 15 hours at the 300+ level. The student chooses electives according to specific interests within Anthropology and in consultation with advisors [21 hours]

Course Work from outside the Department

  • Choose 6 hours outside Anthropology at the 300+ level. 200+ level courses used to satisfy College Requirements can also be counted here         [6 hours]

Total Hours – 39

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Featured Career

Anthropologists and Archeologists

Anthropologists and archeologists study the origin, development, and behavior of humans. They examine the cultures, languages, archeological remains, and physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world.

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Median Salary

$59,280

per year in 2014

Number of Jobs

7,700

in 2014

10 Year Job Outlook

300

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Anthropologists and archeologists typically work in research organizations, government, and consulting firms. Although most work in an office, some analyze samples in laboratories or do fieldwork. Fieldwork in remote areas usually requires travel for extended periods.

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A&S Undecided/Exploratory Studies

Understanding that over 70 percent of university students will change their declared major at least once during their college careers, the College of Arts and Sciences has developed an Exploratory Studies program for students who have yet to decide the specific field of study that most closely aligns both their personal interests and their professional career goals and objectives. The Exploratory Studies Program provides students with an extraordinarily diverse educational environment that includes coursework spanning Math and Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences and provides students with the unique opportunity to explore multiple areas of interest during their first several semesters on campus. For more information please contact a recruiting representative at asrecruting@uky.edu. 


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