Anthropology: Archaeology, BA

Anthropology is the global social science. It is the study of the human condition everywhere; its cultural, linguistic, and biological diversity; and how it evolved and developed from the prehistoric past into the globalizing present. Anthropology is an interdisciplinary 14 credit major that intersects with programs and departments across the University. Students may major in anthropology as a whole (General Anthropology), or choose to concentrate in Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology, or Medical Anthropology.

Archaeology is the study of past societies through the excavation of material culture, from the Paleolithic into the early Historical periods. Students study excavation methods and techniques of analysis, and have opportunities to work with collections in the Penn Museum and its Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM). Archaeology majors take introductory courses in all sub-fields of Anthropology, and complete the remainder of their coursework primarily in Archaeology. 

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 34. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Block I: Introductory courses
ANTH 001Archaeology: Window to the Human Past1
or ANTH 005 Great Transformations
ANTH 002Introduction to Cultural Anthropology1
or ANTH 004 The Modern World and Its Cultural Background
ANTH 003Introduction to Human Evolution1
Block II
Select 1 course unit of Biological course1
Select 1 course unit of Cultural and Linguistic Course1
Block III
Select 8 course units of Archaeological courses 28
Capstone Seminar
ANTH 300Capstone Seminar1
Total Course Units34
1

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.

2

For up to three of these, non-ANTH courses with anthropological content may be requested. All non-ANTH courses must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.

Honors

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the Major and write a senior thesis.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2017 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.