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Undergraduate Program

Major Requirements

Students who matriculated at Tufts before September 2018 may choose to complete the Anthropology major using our old requirements:

Ten courses, including:

  • One Gateway (introductory level) sociocultural anthropology course (Anthropology 5-39 excluding Anth 5 Science and the Human Experience)
  • One Gateway biological anthropology or archaeology course (Anthropology 40-59)
  • Anthropology 130
  • Seven additional anthropology courses, at least one of which must be an area-focused course numbered below 160 (a Gateway or mid-level), and two of which must be upper-level seminars (Anthropology 160-189).
Note:
We strongly recommend taking the theory course (Anthropology 130) in the junior year. The department encourages majors to explore the possibility of undertaking a senior thesis.

A minimum of 50% of courses counted towards the Anthropology major must be completed at the Tufts University home campus or in Tufts University-sponsored programs abroad. A maximum of two courses cross-listed in other Tufts departments may be counted toward the Anthropology major. Students must achieve a grade of C- or better for a course to count for credit toward the major.


New Requirements

Students who matriculated at Tufts before September 2018 may choose to complete the Anthropology major using our old requirements:

Eleven courses, including:

  • One gateway (introductory level) sociocultural anthropology course (Anthropology 10-39)
  • One gateway biological anthropology or archaeology course (Anthropology 40-59)
  • Anthropology 130
  • Anthropology 161
  • And seven additional anthropology courses, at least one of which must be a "critical geographies" course (course adopting a regional focus), and two of which must be upper-level seminars (Anthropology 162-189).
Note:
We recommend taking the theory course (Anthropology 130) in the junior year and the ethnographic methods course (Anthropology 161) prior to the senior year. The department encourages majors to explore the possibility of undertaking an internship (Anthropology 99) or independent study (Anthropology 191-199).

A minimum of 50% of courses counted toward the anthropology major must be completed at the Tufts University home campus or in Tufts University sponsored programs abroad. A maximum of two courses cross-listed in other Tufts departments may be counted toward the anthropology major. Students must achieve a grade of C- or better for a course to count for credit toward the major.