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Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (ANTHBA)Department of Anthropology

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements.


The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology includes courses in general anthropology; its four subfields (Archaeology, Bioanthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Social/Cultural Anthropology); as well as integrative capstone seminars; and training in ethnography, laboratory methods, museum studies, general anthropology; and in several field schools.

  1. Archaeology explores the material remains of peoples and cultures in the recent and distant past, seeking fragmentary clues to understand how people once lived, and how the human past connects to the present.
  2. Bioanthropology examines the adaptations, variation, health and evolutionary history of humans and their primate relatives, studying human biology in the context of human culture and behavior.
  3. Linguistic Anthropology studies language and the ways people communicate in the context of social and cultural diversity, using different media, past and present.
  4. Social & Cultural Anthropology studies contemporary and historical cultures and societies, worldwide, linking local and global, and using diverse ethnographic approaches to understanding contemporary issues and challenges to our common humanity.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 33 credit hours*, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory courses.
    1. Bioanthropology. One (1) course:
    2. Social and Cultural Anthropology. One (1) course:
    3. Linguistic Anthropology. One (1) course:
    4. Archaeology. One (1) course:
  2. Advanced courses. Choose an option:
    • Option 1. One advanced course from three (3) of the four (4) subfields.
      • Bioanthropology subfield
      • Social and Cultural Anthropology subfield
      • Linguistic Anthropology subfield
      • Archaeology subfield
    • Option 2. One advanced course from two (2) of the four (4) subfields and the Capstone course.
  3. Methods Component. One (1) additional course from the Methods Component list.
  4. Electives. Additional credit hours distributed across advanced courses (300–499 level) in any of the four subfields according to student interest. A student may count one additional course at the 200–299 level.
  5. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • * ANTH-A 105, ANTH-A 107, ANTH-E 105, and ANTH-E 303 do not count toward the major.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines. No more than 42 of these credit hours can come from the major.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.