2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Anthropology, BA

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Program Description

Anthropology explores the diverse ways in which humans relate to one another, and reveals the cultural milieus, political configurations, ways of speaking, and environments which people have used to shape their world. Anthropologists learn about humanity in all times and places through the systematic study of human behavior, material culture, and human physiology and evolution. Students will also be challenged to call into question beliefs and behaviors which may seem “natural” or “inevitable” within their own cultures.

Admission Requirements

Students can be admitted into the College of Liberal Arts after completing ENG 1100 or ENG 1140 with a grade of “C” or by completing at least two other Wright State Core courses taught by the College of Liberal Arts with a grade of “C” or higher.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an awareness of scientific principles grounding the study of human origins, human biological diversity and adaptive behavior, and the importance of a biocultural approach to such studies.
  • Acquire skills detecting archaeological sites and features, and effectively assess material remains and their contexts to infer the lifeways of past peoples.
  • Acquire the tools with which to evaluate and discern the locally-specific but increasingly globalized cultural contexts in which peoples of the world currently interact.
  • Develop strong critical thinking skills through writing coherent, properly documented, and substantive research papers and reports.
For more detailed information, contact the School of Social Sciences and International Studies, 937-775-2667 or email soc_ath@wright.edu.

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Program Requirements:

I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours

Element 1 - Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2 - Mathematics: 3 Hours

Element 3 - Global Traditions: 6 Hours


Element 4 - Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5 - Social Sciences: 6 Hours


Element 6 - Natural Sciences: 8 Hours


Additional Core Courses: 6 Hours

II. Program Requirements: 36 Hours

2 Cultural Anthropology courses: 6 Hours

  • 3000 level or above

2 Archaeology courses: 6 Hours

  • 3000 level or above

2 Biological Anthropology courses: 6 Hours

  • 3000 level or above

4 Upper Division Courses: 12 Hours

  • 3000 level or above

III. Related Requirements: 6 Hours

2 Electives related to the major: 6 Hours

Choose from a wide variety of liberal arts, social science and natural science courses that relate to the three sub-disciplines of anthropology. Advisor’s OK required.

IV. College Requirements: 18-22 Hours

Foreign Language: 12-16 Hours

Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language: Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry

Quantitative Thinking: 3 Hours

Qualitative Thinking: 3 Hours

V. Electives: 18-22 Hours

Total: 120 Hours

Graduation Planning Strategy

The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

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