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Southeast Missouri State University

Major in Anthropology

36 Hour Major - Minor Required

Required Courses:

  • AN 180 Introductory Anthropology: Physical Anthropology & Archaeology (3)
  • AN 181 Intro to Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • AN 241 Intro to Linguistic Anthropology (3)
  • AN 242 Statistics for Social Scientists (3)
  • AN 311-313 Archaeological Fieldwork (1-6, 3 hrs required)
    ORAN 331-333 Applied Anthropology (1-6, 3 hrs required)
  • AN 317 Ethnographic Field Methods (3)
    OR
    AN 345 Methods of Social Research (3)
  • AN 380 Human Evolution and Adaptation (3)
  • AN 382 Archeology: Method and Theory (3)
  • AN 493 Senior Seminar in Anthropological Theory (3)

Choose 6-9 Hours in Anthropology or Other Courses (As Approved by Advisor

Additional Requirement:
XX XXX 12 Hours total in one or more Foreign Languages

Minor in Anthropology

18 Hours Required

Required Courses:

  • AN 181 Intro to Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • AN 241 Intro to Linguistic Anthropology (3)
  • AN 317 Ethnographic Field Methods (3)

Choose 9 Hours From:

  • AN 101 Observing Other Cultures (3)
  • AN 180 Intro to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology (3)
  • AN 260 World Cultures (3)
  • AN 280 Economic Anthropology (3)
  • AN 360 Meso-American Civilizations (3)
  • AN 383 Cultures of the Third World (3)
  • AN 493 Seminar in Anthropological Theory (3)
  • SO 345 Methods of Social Research (3)

Archaeology Courses

Archaeology is the use of material cultural remains, "stuff", to study human behavior. Most people, both in and outside the field of archaeology, refer to this "stuff" as artifacts. Human actions leave visible marks, and archaeology works to interpret these marks to begin the process of understanding what it means to be human. Thus, archaeologists do not merely search for artifacts, rather they use artifacts as clues to understanding past human behavior. Archaeologists usually study materials from "prehistoric" time periods, i.e., from the time when there were no written documents. However, a very important subfield of archaeology is "Historic Archaeology", which uses the material cultural remains of human behavior to augment, assist, and fill-in the blanks missing from the historic record.

In North America, archaeologists are trained within departments of anthropology, and receive a degree in anthropology, not archaeology. The anthropology degree for a future archaeologist will include a concentration of archaeology courses, field school training, and courses in physical anthropology, cultural anthropology and linguistics.

The Anthropology degree at Southeast Missouri State is a 36 hour major, with a Minor and Foreign Language required. Students interested in pursuing a career in archaeology major in anthropology, but concentrate in courses such as archaeological field school, or archaeological laboratory, and any of a number of other general archaeological survey courses.

Minor in Archeology

18 Hours Required

Required Courses:

  • AN 180 Intro to Physical Anthropology & Archaeology (3)
  • AN 382 Archaeology: Method & Theory (3)
  • AN 313 Archaeological Fieldwork (3)
    OR
    AN 551 Historic Archaeology Fieldwork (3)

Choose 9 Hours From:

  • AN 181 Intro to Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • AN 250 World Archaeology (3)
  • AN 319 Archaeological Laboratory (3)
  • AN 321 Midwestern Archaeology (3)
  • AN 360 Meso-American Civilizations (3)
  • AN 381 North American Archaeology (3)
  • AN 493 Seminar in Anthropological Theory (3)
  • AN 540 Methods of Social Research (3)
  • AN 550 Historic Archaeology (3)

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