Major Transfer Guide for Anthropology

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

The Department Website provides information about major and minor options and requirements, the major declaration process, departmental advising contact information, and more. If you have specific questions about the major, you can contact the departmental advising office.

Recommendations from the Major Department

Courses to prepare for the major

There are two introductory courses required for the Anthropology major:

  •  ANTH 1001 -  Human Evolution
  •  ANTH 1003W - Understanding Cultures

While these courses are not required to declare the major, taking one of these courses early will introduce you to concepts within Anthropology and help you explore your interests.
A grade of C- or better is required in all courses approved to satisfy major requirements.

See the catalog for all courses in the major.

Remember, when using Transferology to plan courses for the major, look for courses that transfer as direct equivalents to UMTC major courses.

Requirements to declare the major

In CLA, each department has a process to declare the major. This is a necessary step for the major to be added to the student record. New transfer students do not declare their majors until after they attend orientation.

To declare a major in Anthropology, you must meet with the Anthropology departmental advisor.

We recommend that you meet with the Anthropology departmental advisor during your first semester in CLA to discuss your interests and the declaration process. This allows you to begin working with the departmental advisor on your plans and learning about opportunities within the department, helping to ensure a smoother path to graduation.

You are not required to declare the major prior to taking upper division Anthropology courses. One exception is the Laboratory Techniques in Archaeology course, ANTH 4007, for which registration preference is given to declared Anthropology majors.

Limits on the use of transfer credits towards the major

Lower division coursework – The Anthropology major requires two 1xxx-level courses, ANTH 1003W and ANTH 1001. The rest of the major is satisfied by upper division (3xxx-5xxx) courses.

Major residency requirement – Anthropology requires that at least fourteen upper division credits for the major must be taken at UMTC.
Other limits on the use of transfer credit:
The Anthropology major requires two introductory (1xxx-level) courses, one in sociocultural anthropology and one in human evolution/biological anthropology (which must include a lab component). Introductory human evolution, biological anthropology or physical anthropology courses that do not include labs will not be approved as equivalent to our required ANTH 1001 course. Broad 1xxx-level courses spanning multiple subfields are also unlikely to fulfill either of the 1xxx-level requirements. In rare cases, a 1xxx- or 2xxx-level transfer course may be determined to be equivalent in content to an ANTH 3xxx- or 4xxx-level course. In such cases, the course will be counted for our elective or Subfield Foundations requirements.

Transfer courses are evaluated by the department for use towards the major. Check Transferology to see if an evaluation already exists for the courses you would like to use toward the major.  If you find a course that has not been evaluated you can submit the course for review. A copy of the course syllabus is required.  

Additional information and recommendations

In general, it is best for students planning to transfer to avoid taking too many 1xxx-level Anthropology courses, as many of these are unlikely to count for our Anthropology major requirements.
Because Anthropology is a BA major, students are encouraged to complete their second language before transferring, as this will open up more time in their schedule to take courses in the major. Be sure to talk with a CLA transfer advisor about any questions you have about completing the CLA Second Language requirement.
Students planning to focus on archaeology are strongly encouraged (but not required) to take an archaeological field school, either through the Anthropology department here or through another reputable Anthropology department. This is not a requirement for admission to the Anthropology major, but is strongly recommended either before or after transferring for those students considering a career in archaeology.
Students interested in archaeology, paleoanthropology, or biological anthropology may also wish to consider taking courses in geology and/or univariate statistics.
Study abroad is encouraged for all Anthropology majors, even if it does not include Anthropology-specific coursework.
The Anthropology Undergraduate Program encourages prospective students to contact the departmental advisor and/or the Director of Undergraduate Studies with any questions.