Sep 19, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology Major, B.A.

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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Anthropology Program Information

Box 70644
Johnson City, TN 37614-1707
423-439-5313 (fax)

Chair: William Duncan, Ph.D.
223B Rogers-Stout Hall

Anthropology is the study of humankind, in all of its facets, with a particular emphasis on cultures and evolution. The anthropological perspective is uniquely comparative and holistic. The ETSU anthropology department offers courses on cultural and physical anthropology as well as archaeology. Anthropology can prepare students to meet the demands of an increasingly globalized world and job market after graduation.

A student majoring in anthropology must complete 34 credit hours of approved courses. In addition to maintaining an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 in the major, a student must earn a minimum grade of C in each major core course. Students are strongly advised to complete ANTH 1240 , ANTH 1260 , and ANTH 1280  before enrolling in other required or elective anthropology courses. This major requires a minor.


Students with 0-59 earned credit hours:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website ( or call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credit hours:

Contact Dr. Jay Franklin [; (423) 439-6653] for advising.

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in sociology should contact the chair of the department for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

Transfer students must meet the specific requirements for the anthropology major. There is no predetermined maximum number of credit hours that a transfer student may apply to the sociology or anthropology curriculums. The final decision will be made by the department chair.

For general information about the department or courses, contact Dr. William Duncan, Chair [; (423) 439-4996].

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements established by ETSU, by the East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees, by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels outlined in the following list:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

College of Arts and Sciences B.A. Degree Requirements

Students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Some requirements must be taken in addition to the General Education Core, whereas others specify which courses from the General Education Core must be taken.

Foreign Languages Completion of a foreign language course numbered 2020 or above with a grade of C- or better * **
Mathematics Specified General Education Core: MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  
Non-U.S. History 3 credit hours


* International Students whose native language is not English, and whose admission to ETSU requires them to take a standardized test of English as a foreign language (e.g., TOEFL), may substitute scores that meet the admission requirements for the foreign language requirement.
** Consult the Literature and Language Department’s placement policy listed at and in the listing for Foreign Languages in this catalog.


General Education Requirements: 41 - 42 Credit Hours

Listed below are the categories and courses specified under East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, only those courses are listed under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following:

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.

Humanities Electives

Complete one of the following:


Other courses from this block are acceptable, but ANTH 1240  will satisfy an elective for the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement and is a requirement of the Anthropology core curriculum.


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

8 credits, consisting of two of the following (some require labs which are listed directly after the lecture):

(Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences must select 8 credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science. Please see listing in College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements for options.)


Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website

Complete one of the following:

Anthropology Major Core Requirements: 19 Credit Hours

The following courses are required in this program of study.  Some can also be used to fulfill certain General Education requirements.  If students take other general education courses, they must still satisfy these requirements in the major.

Guided Electives: 12 Credit Hours

Students must choose one course from each of the four focus areas:

General Electives: 3 Credit Hours

Aside from the six required core courses (19 credit hours) and the four focus area course electives (12 credit hours), students may take one elective course (3 credit hours) from the list below or choose another course from one of the guided elective categories.

Minor: 18 - 24 Credit Hours

Electives: 18-21 Credit Hours

B.A. Foreign Language Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least one foreign language course with a number of 2020 or higher with a grade of at least C-. Students may need prerequisites that could include courses numbered 1010, 1020, and/or 2010 to prepare for success in 2020.

Additional Information:

Please click here to view the Anthropology Major, B.A. Suggested Course Sequence .

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