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 Athena.

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.

Summer field school opportunities

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 Clark Harwell, Undergraduate Academic Advisor for Anthropology.

More Information About our Program

Advising Process

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 be announced each semester by the undergraduate advisor and advising notebooks will be placed in the main anthropology office (250 Baldwin Hall). Majors are informed that the advising period is open through our undergraduate majors email list.You may also email Clark Harwell, jch1066, with any questions regarding the advising process.

The advising process proceeds as follows:

  1. 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 Department of Anthropology, you will meet with the undergraduate coordinator, Dr. Sergio Quesada; otherwise, you will be signing up with the undergraduate advisor for the department, Clark Harwell.
  2. 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, please go to the Undergraduate Bulletin, A 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.
  3. During your advising appointment, you will go over your degree requirements and finalize your course selections for the upcoming semester. Register online through Athena. Senior majors needing a particular course to graduate — one that might already be full — can contact 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 makes this accommodation imporssible. Students are therefore are urged to satisfy all their core areas before taking their anthropology electives. If you encounter and problems during registartion and need assistance, please see Clark Harwell in 250 Baldwin Hall.

Note: Advising and registration are two separate processes. The department does the advising; the Registrar's Office, through Athena, 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.

Special Programs

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.

Get Involved

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.

Student Organizations

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.

Careers in 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.

ANTH 3900 (Professional Development)

Typically, students will take ANTH 3900 course during their junior year. There are exceptions to this, however. If a student has a conflict in scheduling junior-year courses, she or he is responsible for making plans to take the course during senior year. Currently the course is offered during the Fall 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 met the student's graduation will be delayed.

Grade requirements

I made a D on one of my anthropology courses  does this count? 
Students in the Franklin College must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in major-required courses.  
I received an “Incomplete” on a course but the instructor wants me to enroll in the course again, what should I do? 
Come see Clark Harwell 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.