Here at UGA, students can either major or minor in anthropology. Those who major in anthropology receive a Bachelors of Arts degree. All students majoring in anthropology must take ANTH 1102 (Introduction to Anthropology) or ANTH 2120H (Honors Introduction to Anthropology) as a prerequisite to major courses. Under the semester system, the major in anthropology requires at least one course in each of the three main subfields (biological, cultural, archaeological) plus additional elective courses in anthropology. Go to the Undergraduate Bulletin to see the range of available courses. Courses being offered in the current or following semester are listed on sheets posted on the bulletin board by the main Anthropology office or can be found through Oasis.
Students wishing to minor in anthropology must complete the following:
- Introduction to Anthropology, ANTH 1102 or ANTH 2120H (honors intro to anthropology); this introduction course is a prerequisite for many anthropology courses.
- Four three-hour anthropology courses (3 of these three-hour courses must be upper division, 3000 level and above).
- The total minor course work is 15 hours
See Undergraduate Bulletin for details on the minor and for course information. If you have any questions or to apply for the minor, stop by 250 Baldwin Hall.
Upon completion of the minor (this can include courses that are in progress), you will need to have the minor completion form (available online) filled out and signed by Lisa Norris, Undergraduate Academic Advisor for Anthropology.
The University of Georgia’s mandatory undergraduate academic advisement programs are an essential part of the undergraduate educational experience which empowers students to attain their academic goals. Faculty and professional academic advisors of the University of Georgia will help undergraduate students understand the options and opportunities for academic programs of study, degree requirements, and course selection. Academic advisors will engage students in meaningful relationships designed to support and encourage a challenging and successful undergraduate education. Students will prepare for and participate fully in their advising experience. Ultimately each undergraduate student is responsible for his/her academic progress at the University of Georgia; advisors cannot provide a guarantee of graduation and/or certification within a specified period of time. The Academic Advising Coordinating Council will provide leadership and support to faculty and professional academic advisors through best practices in training, mentoring, research, and evaluation.
Advising for Anthropology majors is conducted before registration begins each semester. Dates for the advising period will usually be posted each semester on the Undergraduate Advisor's bulletin board by the main Anthropology Office door (250 Baldwin Hall). Advising begins as soon as the department receives current DARS sheets from the Registrar's Office, usually about the third week of the semester. We also inform our majors that advising is open through our undergraduate majors email list.
The advising process proceeds as follows:
- Come to the main Anthropology Office, 250 Baldwin Hall, to sign up for an advising appointment. If this is the first time you wil be advised in the Anthropology Department, you will meet with the undergraduate coordinator, Dr. David Hally; otherwise, you will be signing up with the undergraduate advisor for Anthropology, Lisa Norris.
- Plan your schedule and make a list of the courses you wish to take and their call numbers, insuring that there are no time conflicts. For a complete listing and basic descriptions of Anthropology courses, see Anthropology Courses and the Undergraduate Bulletin. A comprehensive, updated list of Anthropology courses to be offered in the coming semester are posted on the bulletin board in the hallway outside the main Anthropology Office.
- During your advising appointment, you will go over your degree requirements and finalize your course selections for the upcoming semester. As part of this meeting, you also will be assigned a professor in the department as your faculty mentor. This individual will provide counseling on matters other than the "nuts and bolts" of course selection, including advice about graduate school or careers in Anthropology - anything related to Anthropology in general, to you as a major, or with regard to your future after graduation. For this reason, the department will try to assign you to a faculty member whose interests within Anthropology are as close to yours as possible. The intent is for your mentor to be the same individual from semester to semester, facilitating a comfortable mentoring relationship. It is recognized, however, that other individuals may become more appropriate as your interests within Anthropology change, and for some semesters your mentor may not be on campus and another faculty member will need to serve this role for you.
At the conclusion of your advising appointment, you will neen to pick up a mentoring slip (located in the main office). Sign-up sheets for your mentor will be in a binder in the main office. You will then meet with your faculty mentor for the semester during their office hours and have the slip signed by them. If, during a particular semester, you do not have specific questions or concerns that you wish to discuss with your faculty mentor, you will still need to have this slip signed by that faculty member during their office hours. Once you return this signed slip to 250 Baldwin Hall, you will be cleared to register.
- Register online through OASIS. Senior majors needing a particular core course to graduate -- one that might already be full -- can see the professor teaching that course to request being added. Whenever possible the professor will accommodate the student; however, sometimes classroom space or the nature of the particular course make this accommodation impossible. Students therefore are urged to satisfy all of their core areas before taking their anthropology electives. If you encounter any problems during registration and need assistance, please see Lisa Norris in 250 Baldwin Hall.
Note: Advising and registration are two separate processes. The department does the advising; the Registrar's Office, through OASIS, handles registration. All students must be advised before they are allowed to register. Anyone not advised prior to the beginning of registration will have to wait until Late Registration to be advised and to register.
The Department of Anthropology strongly encourages qualified students to enroll in the UGA Honors Program. Students in the Honors Program may elect to participate in the UGA Interdisciplinary Field Program, a two month, coast-to-coast field program providing two introductory Geology course credits and one introductory Anthropology course credit. A number of majors graduate with honors each year. Likewise, each year a number of majors participate in various study abroad programs to experience other ways of life first hand. The department usually offers a summer field school in archaeology. Students conduct archaeological research under the supervision of a professor. Students receive credit for at least two courses for participating in field school.
For students with an interest in archaeology the Center for Archaeological Sciences (CAS) has been formed to facilitate interaction between archaeology and other related fields with scientific disciplines and among geographical areas involved with studies of the past. Research in all geographical areas or realistic combinations of subject matter is strongly encouraged, in keeping with the resources of the CAS. Reasonable flexibility is also maintained in defining those problems and the time span that can be regarded as of archaeological interest.
A good way to bolster your resume and find out more about anthropology is to get involved in professors' research in the field or in their laboratories. Many professors are willing to have undergraduates volunteer or participate in work-study in their research, and some even hire undergraduate workers. The best thing to do is just ask! Each week the department will have talks and other scheduled activities that you are welcome to join. See flyers posted in Baldwin Hall for details.
Anyone interested in anthropology is invited to join the Anthropology Society. The bimonthly meetings alternate between serious discussions about anthropology, such as graduate study opportunities or careers in anthropology, and more light-hearted social events. Watch for meeting announcements posted in Baldwin Hall. Also, you may join Lambda Alpha National Honors Society for Anthropology, which encourages and stimulates scholarship and research in Anthropology by recognising and honoring superior achievement in the discipline among students, faculty and other persons engaged in the study of Anthropology.
Want to find a job in educational, corporate, government, or non-profit organizations? Want an internship, a summer fieldwork experience, or locate a mentor? Check out the American Anthropological Association's career Web site.
Typically a student will take the Anth 4911 course during their senior year. There are exceptions to this, however. If a student believes they will graduate early they are responsible for taking this course early and should make plans to do so. Currently the course is offered during the Spring semester.
There are no exemptions for this course. Students must take the course when it is offered. This requirement cannot be waived and if not taken will cause the student’s graduation to be delayed.
I made a D on one of my anthropology courses (or fourth semester of foreign language), does this count?
Students in the Franklin College must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in major required courses. Because the fourth semester of foreign language is major required, this policy of “C” or better applies.
I received an “Incomplete” on a course but the instructor wants me to enroll in the course again, what should I do?
Come see LIsa Norris right away. You should not reenroll in any course that you have an incomplete in. Most of these courses are non‐repeatable courses and the course will be deleted from your record.