B.A. in Anthropology

Required Courses

Total Credits: 31 - These include four required courses (13 credits) and 18 credits of electives (normally six courses). The student must earn a grade of a “C” or better in all courses that count toward the major. Pass/Fail courses do not count toward the major. At least 16 major credits must be taken at UMBC (including ANTH 211).

Core Requirements:

ANTH 211: Cultural Anthropology [3]
ANTH 303: Anthropological Research Methods [3]
SOCY 300: Methodology of Social Research [4]
ANTH 400: Anthropological Theory [3]

Students are strongly encouraged to take all advanced required courses (SOCY 300, ANTH 303, ANTH 400) before their last semester at UMBC. These courses should be taken at UMBC. Although exceptions are rare, if you would like to petition for another course to substitute for a required course, bring the syllabus to the Anthropology Undergraduate Coordinator who will determine whether the courses are equivalent.

Elective Requirements:

Students must also complete eighteen additional credits of Anthropology or Sociology with a grade of “C” or better. A maximum of six credits in sociology may count toward this requirement. In addition, a minimum of twelve of these credits must be 300 level or above. SOCY 396 and courses that are Pass/Fail may not be counted toward this requirement. A maximum of 6 credits can be independent study.

Please refer to the UMBC Undergraduate Catalog for further information on the course description and pre-requisites for the courses.

» ANTH Major PDF checklist

Transfer Credits

Students must take at least 16 credits of Anthropology courses at UMBC to qualify for the major. Students must take ANTH 211 Cultural Anthropology at UMBC. Credit for a lower level social sciences of culture general education requirement will be granted for a transferred Cultural Anthropology course, and will count as a lower level elective toward an ANTH or SOCY degree, but will not replace the requirement for ANTH 211 at UMBC.

Courses taken at other colleges are first examined by the Registrar's office for approval for UMBC credit. The sociology/anthropology department will then determine if a course can count toward the major. Approval of a sociology or anthropology courses taken elsewhere for UMBC credit by the registrar does not automatically give it credit towards the major or minor in anthropology.

If a student plans to take a class at another college, they should first discuss it with the registrar and their advisor to be sure that the courses will receive credit towards the anthropology major or minor at UMBC. Never take the equivalent of SOCY 300, ANTH 303 or ANTH 400 at another college without your advisor's prior approval. If you want to take a course at another institution in your last 30 credits at UMBC, you will need a waiver to do so. Courses in social service, social work, criminal justice, or religion are not sociology or anthropology courses and will not be given credit.

Please refer to the Registrar's office for forms and further information on transferring credits.