Program Requirements

The Department of Anthropology is a part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  As such, students majoring in anthropology are required to complete the General Education Requirements set forth by this college.  For more information regarding these requirements, please visit: http://www.las.iastate.edu/academics/generaleducation/.

Our departmental requirements are outlined below.

Required Courses

Course Number Credits Course Title
Anthro 306 3 cr. Cultural Anthropology*
Anthro 307 3 cr. Biological Anthropology*
Anthro 308 3 cr. Archaeology*
Anthro 309 3 cr. Linguistic Anthropology*
Anthro 450 3 cr. Historical and Theoretical Approaches in Anthropology*
Anthro Choice 18 cr. Select an additional (18) credits of electives in Anthropology
  Total: 33 cr.  
*Anthro 306 & 309 require Anthro 201 as a prerequisite.  Anthro 307 & 308 require Anthro 202 as a prerequisite.

Complementary Courses

Course Number Credits Course Title
Stat 101 or 104 4 cr. Introduction to Statistics
Engl 302, 309, or 314 3 cr. Select (1) advanced writing course
Minor Choice 15 cr. Select at least (1) subject area as a minor*
  Total: 22 cr.  

In total, students in anthropology must complete 120.0 credits of which 45.0 must be at the advanced level (300+ level courses).

Additional Requirements

  • The Liberal Arts and Science College requires that a student complete at least 8 credits numbered 300 or above in their major at Iowa State University.  The student must receive a grade of C or higher in these courses.
  • The student’s overall average grade in all courses used in the major must be a C (2.0/4.0 GPA) or higher.
  • The Anthropology Department requires that students receive a grade of C or higher in Engl 150 and their choice of Engl 302, 309, or 314.
  • Programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree will emphasize additional coursework in Groups I, II, and IV of the college’s General Education Requirements.
  • Programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree will emphasize additional coursework in Groups III and IV of the college’s General Education Requirements.