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Undergraduate Requirements For a Major in Anthropology


Program of study should be planned as early as possible in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, John Pemberton

Required points: 30 points in the Department of Anthropology.

Required courses for a major in Sociocultural Anthropology:

ANTH UN1002 The Interpretation of Culture, ANTH UN2004 Introduction to Social and Cultural Theory, and ANTH UN2005 The Ethnographic Imagination.

Required courses for a major in Archaeological Anthropology:

ANTH UN1002 The Interpretation of Culture, ANTH UN2004 Introduction to Social and Cultural Theory, and ACLG UN2028 Pasts, Presents & Futures: An Introduction to 21st Century Archaeology.

Students who are interested in archaeology are strongly advised to include field and lab experience as part of their degree. Please contact the archaeology adviser, Prof. Zoe Crossland to discuss this. More information on the different ways to study archaeology at Columbia can be found at:

Biological/physical anthropology: Students pursuing a major in this field should refer to the Department of Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. Please see:

Senior Thesis

Anthropology majors with a minimum grade point average of 3.7 in the major who wish to write an honors thesis for consideration for departmental honors may elect to enroll in The Senior Thesis Seminar in Anthropology (UN3999, 8 points). Students should have a preliminary concept for their thesis prior to enrolling in the course. Students may also pursue independent study projects with a professor. The thesis is not required of majors.

Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors are established and awarded by most Columbia College departments with approval from the College Committee on Instruction. Each year, departmental honors are awarded to no more than ten percent of the graduating majors. Students become eligible for departmental honors when they have a grade point average of at least 3.7 in major courses, and have completed an honors thesis. From within this group of eligible candidates, departmental faculty make recommendations to the College Committee on Honors, Awards and Prizes. The Committee makes the final decisions about which students receive departmental honors.




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Undergraduate Requirements For a Concentration in Anthropology

Required points: 20 points within the department.

Required Courses for a Concentration in Sociocultural Anthropology: ANTH UN1002 The Interpretation of Culture.

Required courses for a Concentration in Archaeological Anthropology:
please see:

NOTE: All courses taken in Barnard’s Anthropology Department fully count toward the anthropology major at Columbia. Anthropology courses taken to fulfill College requirements count toward the major. The Anthropology Department enthusiastically encourages cross-disciplinary work and participation in study-abroad programs.

NOTE: No course with a grade of D or lower can count toward the major. Only the first course that is to count toward the major can be taken Pass/Fail.




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