The undergraduate program introduces the student to all of the branches of the field of anthropology, including its theories and methods, and its relationship to the other social and natural sciences, and the humanities. The Department offers an undergraduate program including either a Baccalaureate (B.A.) or a minor in Anthropology. The curriculum emphasizes the fields of cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology, and includes course offerings that reflect the research work of the department’s faculty. Students often have the opportunity to pursue coursework in different countries and cultural settings. Interested students should contact the director of undergraduate studies for details. For course lists follow the link for Fall 2014. Students who wish to check their progress in the program should contact the departmental office. All other requests (e.g., degree progress) should be addressed to the Advising Center.
Baccalaureate (BA) in Anthropology
The major in anthropology leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The objective is to train students in all three sub-disciplines, while allowing students to concentrate in a specific area of their choice.
Students with a degree in anthropology may take one of several post-graduate paths. Some continue their anthropology training in graduate schools, many at the finest graduate schools in the country. Others may pursue medical training. Historically, archaeology and cultural anthropology have appealed to students interested in education, government (foreign service), public health, business (e.g., overseas marketing), history, and ethnic/cultural studies. Biological anthropology has been popular with students interested in biology, medicine, dentistry, ecology, evolution, and the earth sciences. To get more information about what to do with an Anthropology degree follow the link.
Anthropology students from Stony Brook have participated in numerous research programs in England, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Russia, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, the Phillipines, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, South Africa, Costa Rica, Belize, and Peru. Research opportunites also exist closer to home on Long Island.
Students must take an introductory course in all three sub-fields offered and include at least 15 credits of upper-division courses in the major (300 level or higher). All courses taken towards the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. No transfer credits with a grade lower than C may be applied toward major requirements. Completion of the major requires 36 credits and students must achieve an evaluation of S (Satisfactory) for a paper written for a 300-level or higher ANP or ANT course. A more detailed description of the requirements is given in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Students can choose from a variety of courses listed under the designators (ANP), Biological Anthropology, as well as (ANT), Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology. The listing for the upcoming semester can be found on the web page of the University Registrar.
The honors program is designed for students preparing to undertake graduate work in anthropology. It is open to anthropology majors in their junior or beginning senior year who possess a good academic record (minimum 3.0 overall GPA, and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in anthropology courses). Qualified students are encouraged to enroll in the anthropology honors program in their junior year. A more detailed description of the requirements is given in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Minor in Anthropology
The minor in anthropology is designed for students who are majoring in other fields, but wish to take anthropology courses that are relevant to their interests. Completion of the minor requires 21 credits. The student must choose two introductory courses and five (5) subfield/ elective courses and obtain at least nine (9) credits in upper-division courses. All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. No transfer credits with a grade lower than C may be applied to the minor requirements. A more detailed description of the requirements is given in the Undergraduate Bulletin.