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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. More information about what to do with an Anthropology degree follow can be found on the Career Service website. Additional information can be found here.

Research Opportunities

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.

For Major Requirements effective Fall 2010,  click here.

For Major Requirements effective Spring 2012,  click here.

For Major Requirements effective Fall 2017,  click here.

For Major Requirements effective Fall 2018,  click here.



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.

For the Spring 2019 Course Schedule,  click here.

For the Spring 2019 Permission Request Form,  click here.

For a description of the Topics courses for Fall 2018,  click here.

Course announcements for Winter 2018: Zombiology, Male and Female

Course announcements for Spring 2019:  Origins of Art


Honors Program

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.

For Senior Honors Project Requirements, click here.


Director of Undergraduate Studies
Elisabeth Hildebrand
Phone: (631) 632-1513
Academic Programs Coordinator
Tara Powers
Phone: (631) 632-7606
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