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Academic Program Guide


College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BA or BS
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: Dr. Tanya Peres, Chair
Address: Carraway Bldg, 909 Antarctic Way, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Phone: (850) 644-4281

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

Anthropology is the scientific study of humankind in relation to origins, physical characteristics, distribution, customs, languages, and social and religious beliefs and practices. Anthropologists study human societies and groups, reconstruct past cultures, and analyze the cultures and languages of all peoples, past and present. Both biological and cultural factors are examined as a basis for a better understanding of human history and behavior.

Note: Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework
Two (2) introductory courses in Anthropology (ANT prefix). Suggested course for students pursuing a degree in Anthropology include: ANT2000, ANT2100, ANT2410 and ANT 2511.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are periodically revised and reviewed. The current list of acceptable alternative courses is in the “Florida Shines/Common Prerequisites Manual” located at


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (30 hours)
To complete a BA or BS degree with a major in anthropology, a student must take, in addition to other college requirements, thirty semester hours of anthropology courses, as outlined below. LIN 4030 and 4040 may be counted as equivalents of courses designated as ANT for purposes of completing the undergraduate major requirement of thirty semester hours in the department, but no more than three semester hours of LIN courses will be counted toward completion of the specific requirement of fifteen semester hours of work at the 3000-4000 level. No anthropology course for which the student receives a grade below C minus may be counted toward satisfaction of the major requirements.

Required courses: (15 hours)
ANT 2100 (3) Introduction to Archaeology
ANT 2410 (3) Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANT 2511 (3) Introduction to Physical Anthropology
ANT 3610 (3) Language and Culture
ANT 4034 (3) History of Anthropology

Five additional courses at the 3000 or 4000 level (15 hours)

No more than three semester hours of credit in fieldwork courses and no hours of directed individual study (DIS) or satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) credits may be used to meet the specific requirement of fifteen semester hours of work at the 3000 - 4000 level, except upon approval of a petition to the department chair.

Foreign Language: The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (ASL2160C or equivalent) level.

Minor: The College of Arts and Science requires completion of an approved minor for graduation. Minors generally require from 12 to 18 credit hours to complete. For a complete list of FSU approved minors see

Digital Literacy: 3 hours. CGS 2060 (3) or CGS 2100 (3).

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Progression to the Upper-Division Major
Students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, at least half the required General Education hours including English and mathematics, or an A.A. Degree.

Minimum Program Requirements – Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 30
Minor Coursework 12-18 (depending on minor)
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Digital Literacy 3
Oral Communication Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120
*3 hours of major coursework in Anthropology may also be used for Liberal Studies.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors.


1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, thirty (30) of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final thirty (30) hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. The B. A. degree requires an additional 9 hours of history and humanities beyond General Education.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major(Baccalaureate level): Museum Technician, museum specialist, laboratory assistant/technician, archaeological field/laboratory technician, curation assistant, conservation technician, technical writer, illustrator, archivist, museum/collections cataloguer. Master's degree level: All of the above, plus archaeology field crew chief, principal investigator, GIS specialist, project leader, curator, cultural resource manager, archaeologist, cultural anthropologist, physical/biological anthropologist, anthropologist .

Representative Employers: Bureau of Archaeological Research, Department of Community Affairs (State of Florida), National Park Service, Department of State, U.S. Information Agency, National Forest Service, United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Florida Park Service, Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management, Museums, Native American tribes, Non-profit Organizations, Universities, Research Organizations, Consulting Firms.

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