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Anthropology Department

Anthropology Major Requirements



Requirements for students who entered Skidmore in fall 2015 (Class of 2019) and beyond:

Students are encouraged to declare anthropology as a major before registering for fall semester of classes of their junior year.  None of the required courses or 300-level anthropology courses - except AN 399 - fulfilling the major may be taken on an S/U basis.

The anthropology major must successfully complete a minimum of 11 courses and 33 credits in anthropology as follows:

1. Introduction and Exploration

a. Introduction: AN 101 and AN 102 (students may take the courses in either order or concurrently)

b. Geographic-area requirement: one course among AN 205 , AN 207, AN 227AN 229,  (AN 252 may also count when applicable)

2. Foundation

Completion of the foundation requirements is strongly recommended as preparation for 300-level courses and study abroad.

a. History of anthropological thought: AN 270 

b. Research methods: AN 202 or AN 280 

3. Application and Synthesis

a. One 300-level anthropology course for 4 credits and designated R (research), W (writing), or V (visual analysis) or any special topics course designated as AN 351D or AN 352D.  Students learn the conventions of writing in anthropology in any 4-credit course at the 300-level. This course must be taken in the senior year at Skidmore. 

b. Two additional 300-level anthropology courses totaling at least 6 credits. These courses must be taken at Skidmore.

c. The senior capstone course in anthropology: AN 365 Applying Anthropology

4.  Additional credits and electives

In addition to the above, students must take additional credits at any level as necessary to complete the required 33 credits for the major. To fulfill college maturity-level requirements, at least six credits of 300-level anthropology courses must be taken in the senior year.

THE WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE MAJOR: All Anthropology majors fulfill the writing requirement by completing AN 270, and either AN 202 or AN 280. Writing skills will be further developed by taking at least one 300-level course for four credits and AN 365. Upon completion of the Anthropology Writing Requirement, students are able to: 1) write papers that demonstrate an understanding of proper grammar, syntax, punctuation; and 2) consistently apply anthropology's writing conventions to their written work, including the formulation of anthropologically informed questions, effective use of concepts and theories, effective organization of analytical papers, and correct format of bibliographic citations and references.

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