Department Information

Chair:
Dr. Herbert Haines
Sharon Steadman (Acting)
Moffett Center, Room 2120
Phone: 607-753-2726
Fax: 607-753-5973
Email:
amanda.halliwell@cortland.edu
Hours:
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday
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Program Details

Anthropology [ANT] (Major)

The anthropology major provides students the opportunity to undertake a broad based study of the anthropological approaches to understanding past and present human cultural structures. This major is particularly suitable for those interested in teaching professions, continued graduate study or international aid agencies.

Career Potential

  • Corporate positions in culture management
  • International aid agency positions (e.g., U.S.A.I.D)
  • U.S. government/State Department positions
  • Education/teaching including Native American schools (with certification)
  • C.A.R.E. posts
  • Primate rehabilitation centers, zoos, (e.g., World/National Wildlife Federation)

A. Required Courses: 12 credit hours
  • ANT 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 300 - Human Evolution and Survival (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 492 - Anthropological Theory (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 493 - Anthropological Methods (3 cr. hr.)
B. Anthropology Electives: 12 credit hours
Students may choose courses from the list that follows, depending on their personal preferences and/or whether they have a declared concentration. Special courses not listed within either group are occasionally taught with a topics (TP) designation such as ANT 129, 229, 329 or 429 and may count under one of these groups.

  • Six credit hours from Culture Area Courses
  • Six credit hours from Topics Courses
Culture Area Courses: Six credit hours
  • ANT 201 - World Cultures (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 301 - Native American Archaeology (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 302 - Native American Cultures (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 304 - Peoples of Africa (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 305 - Archaeology of Eastern United States (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 310 - Peoples of South and Southeast Asia (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 311 - Peoples of East Asia (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 312 - Peoples of the Middle East (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 313 - Maya Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 314 - Peoples of Latin America (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 400 - Fieldwork in Archaeology (3-6 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 550 - Independent Study in Anthropology (1-6 cr. hr.)
    (depending on the title)
Topics Courses: Six credit hours
  • ANT 230 - Prejudice and Discrimination (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 234 - Anthropology of Gender (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 251 - Introduction to Language Study (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 307 - World Prehistory (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 315 - Development Anthropology (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 318 - Medical Anthropology (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 322 - Sociocultural Study of AIDS (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 326 - Archaeology of Religion (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 350 - Language in Society and Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 351 - Folklore (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 352 - U.S. Ethnic Identity and Conflict (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 400 - Fieldwork in Archaeology (3-6 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 406 - Contact and Culture Change (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 409 - Economic Anthropology (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 410 - Cultural Ecology (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 415 - Culture and Aging (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 460 - Introduction to Museum Studies (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 550 - Independent Study in Anthropology (1-6 cr. hr.)
    (depending on the title)
C. Anthropology Electives: Nine credit hours
Students fulfill these credit hours by choosing three courses listed under Culture Area Courses and Topics Courses.

Three elective credit hours may be fulfilled by completing:
  • CPV 400 - Cooperative Education (1-16 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of the B.A. in Anthropology over Four Years
The following is based on freshman admission and 15 credits per semester. More than 15 credit hours will have to be taken in one or more semesters in order to reach the required 124 credit hours for graduation.

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Foreign Language course
  • Two GE courses
  • ANT 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • One anthropology course (200 or 300 level)
  • Foreign language course
  • Two GE courses
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Two anthropology courses (200-300 level)
  • GE course
  • Foreign language course
  • One elective
Spring Total credit hours: 15-18
  • One or two anthropology courses (200-300 level)
  • GE course
  • Foreign language course
  • One or two electives
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 17
  • One or two anthropology courses (300-400 level)
  • One or two electives
  • One or two GE courses
Spring Total credit hours: 15-18
  • One or two electives
  • One or two GE courses
  • ANT 492 - Anthropological Theory (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 493 - Anthropological Methods (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Two anthropology courses (300-400 level)
  • Two or three electives
Spring Total credit hours: 15-18
  • One or two anthropology electives (300-400 level)
  • One to four electives