Anthropology Majors & Minor

For course descriptions, visit the online Class Search. For a recommeded three-year program degree path, visit the three-year program majors website.

Lower-Division Courses (6 credit hours)

  • Close Encounters (AN101)
  • Being Human (SW215)

Theory and Methods (6 credit hours) 

  • Ethnography (AN352), or course approved by advisor
  • Development of Anthropological Thought  (AN390)

Electives (15 credit hours)

  • Five additional 300-level AN courses

Capstone and Beyond (6 credit hours)

  • Capstone Seminar (AN460), Honors Thesis (3 credits), or advisor approved elective
  • Internship, study abroad, field school, or advisor approved elective

Total credit hours required: 33

  • Being Human (SW215)
  • Either Close Encounters (AN101) or Cultural Geography (SW205) or other lower-division AN course (200 level)
  • Four upper-division AN courses (300/400 level)

Total credit hours required: 18

Anthropology (27 credit hours):

  • Being Human (SW215)
  • First Year Seminar (AN101)
  • Methodology course (AN350-359)
  • Development of Anthropological Thought (AN390)
  • Five additional courses at 300-level or higher

Psychology (27 credit hours):

  • Psychological Inquiry (SW250)
  • Research Methods/Statistics I (PS210)
  • Research Methods/Statistics II (PS211)
  • Statistics in Psychology (PS310)
  • Life Span Developmental Psychology (PS320)
  • Social Psychology (PS350)
  • Psychology of Personality (PS440)

Two out of three:

  • Learning (PS202)
  • Biological Bases of Behavior (PS235)
  • Cognitive Process (PS385)

Program Electives:

  • Psychology/Anthropology—3 hours at 300-400 level in either department.

Total credit hours required: 57

Should a Department change its curriculum, it may determine acceptable course substitutions.

For elective courses, the student may request a course substitution under special circumstances (such as when a department adds a new course of particular interest to that student).  

Introductory Course (3 credit hours)

  • Close Encounters (HST101 or AN101)

History (21 credit hours)

  • Two lower-division courses (100-200 level), one of which must be focused on Asia, Latin America, Middle East/Africa, or World/Transnational History
  • Theory and Methods (HST301)
  • Junior Research Project (HST302)
  • Two upper-division courses (300-level and above) from at least two distinct geographical areas
  • Seminar in History (HST401)

Anthropology (21 credit hours)

  • Being Human (SW215)
  • Ethnography (AN352)
  • Development of Anthropological Thought (AN390)
  • Three upper-division courses (300-level and above)
  • One of the following: Capstone Seminar (AN460), Honors Thesis (AN499/HST499), Internship (AN484/HST421), study abroad, field school, or advisor approved elective

Total credit hours required: 45

Anthropology (24 credit hours):

  • Introductory Anthropology (SW215-AN)
  • Being Human (AN101)
  • Anthropological Methods (AN352)
  • Development of Anthropological Thought (AN390)
  • 12 hours of additional hours in AN, 300-level and above (under close supervision of RL or AN advisor)

Religion (21 credit hours):

  • Religions of the World (TI250-RL)
  • Three from among the following:
    • Buddhism: Past and Present (RL353)
    • Hinduism: Past and Present (RL358)
    • Hinuism, Gender, and the Goddess (RL377)
    • Islam: Religion, Culture, Society (RL354)
    • Religion, Politics, and Conflict in South Asia (RL363)
    • Any similar course approved by the chair of Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
  • Theory and Method (RL381)
  • Six additional hours in Religion (under close supervision of the student’s RL or AN advisor)

At least two of the following (either covering or in addition to the requirements above):

  • Honors Thesis
  • Capstone
  • Field School/Study Abroad of at least 3 credits
  • Internship

Total credit hours required: 45

The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum.  Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.