Undergraduate Course Levels

100 Level

The 100-level classes provide introductions to the sub-fields of anthropology — archaeology, biological anthropology, socio-cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology. These courses are often the first exposure that undergraduates have to the discipline and its approaches to understanding human variation from evolutionary origins to cultural differences within historical and contemporary contexts. Most 100-level classes draw large enrollments, and usually consist of large lectures with small discussion sections or labs. Typically, classes on this level are suitable for general education listing. They have no prerequisites and should be accessible to both non-majors and majors. We encourage anthropology majors and minors to take 100-level classes during their first year in the program, starting with the four-field introduction (ANTH 101).


200 Level

The core 200-level classes (220, 230, 240 and 270) provide more advanced introductions to the theories and methods of each sub-field. Students are encouraged (and in some cases required) to take the corresponding 100-level sub-field course as a prerequisite.  

Additional 200-level courses offer a focused introduction to a wide range of topical and geographical areas that also fulfill General Education and major/minor requirements. These topic-driven classes are grouped into thematic areas, which offer a suggested course of study for students interested in particular issues (such as Criminality, Law & Social Justice and Health, Medicine & Wellness). We encourage students to select courses grouped into thematic areas. Class sizes range from medium to large lectures, with larger classes including small discussion groups. Suitable for general education listing, these courses are accessible to non-majors as well as to majors.


300 Level

The 300-level courses fulfill upper-level course requirements for the major, and are limited to 25-30 students. Such courses offer a variety of more specialized topics in anthropology, and often build on 200-level knowledge and skills. Many of these courses are also incorporated in our suggested thematic areas.  Courses on this level may have prerequisites (or are otherwise available through the instructor's discretion), and may fulfill General Education requirements.


400 Level

The 400-level courses provide advanced seminars in particular topical and geographical areas in anthropology as well as methodological training and original research opportunities. Enrollments are limited in size to preserve the discussion format. Typically such courses are open to students who have taken a specific prerequisite course, are pursuing a major in anthropology, or have secured the permission of the instructor. Graduate students may take 400-level courses for graduate credit.