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History, Anthropology & Classics

Anthropology Majors & Minor

Anthropology Majors and Minors

For course descriptions, visit the online Class Search. For a recommeded 3-year program degree path, visit the three-year program majors website.

Anthropology Major

Lower-Division Courses (6 credits)

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

Subfield Requirement (3 credits)

  • One 200-400 level course focusing on a Subfield of Anthropology (bio-anthropology, archaeology, linguistic anthropology, or medical anthropology)

Theory and Methods (6 credits) 

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

Electives (12 credits)

  • Four additional 300-level AN courses

Capstone and Beyond (6 credits)

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

Total credits required: 33

Anthropology Minor

  • 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 credits required: 18

Combined Anthropology/Psychology Major

Anthropology (27 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 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 credits 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).  

Combined History/Anthropology Major

Introductory Course (3 credits)

  • Close Encounters (HST101 or AN101)

History (21 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 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 hours required: 45

Anthropology/Religion Major

Anthropology (24 hours):

  • Introductory Anthropology (SW215-AN) (3 credits)
  • Being Human (AN101) (3 credits)
  • Anthropological Methods (AN352) (3 credits)
  • Development of Anthropological Thought (AN390) (3 credits)
  • 12 hours of additional hours in AN, 300-level and above (under close supervision of RL or AN advisor)

Religion (21 hours):

  • Religions of the World (TI250-RL) (3 credits)
  • Three from among the following (9 credits):
    • Buddhism: Past and Present (RL353)
    • Hinduism: Past and Present (RL358)
    • Religion, Gender, and the Goddess in Asia (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) (3 credits)
  • 6 additional hours in Religion (under close supervision of the student's RL or AN advisor) (6 credits)

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 credits 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.