Anthropology: Human Biology, 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.

Biological Anthropology is the study of human evolution and the biology of modern populations. Areas of study include genetics, osteology, and forensics. Students have the opportunity to work in laboratory settings, as well as in the Penn Museum’s Physical Anthropology section or its Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM). Biological Anthropology majors take introductory courses in all sub-fields of Anthropology, and complete the remainder of their coursework primarily in Biological Anthropology.

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 Archaeological course1
Select 1 Cultural and Linguistic course1
Block III
ANTH 143Being Human: Biology, Culture & Human Diversity1
ANTH 244Disease and Human Evolution1
Select 6 Biological courses 26
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

Up to three courses from BIBB, BIOL, HSSC and PSYC 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.