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2021-2022 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Sociology and Anthropology Major - Anthropology Concentration

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Anthropology emphasizes a comparative, cross cultural approach to the study of humankind, and the need to analyze culture and power in a global as well as local context. This program emphasizes  the development of a holistic perspective and offers the possibility of studying communities and cultures in the US as well as in other societies around the world. The faculty has expertise in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, indigenous cultures throughout the Americas, as well as in the US. Students graduating with the anthropology concentration may pursue advanced degrees in a wide range of fields, such as women’s studies, anthropology, social work and education. They will also be prepared for jobs in fields that require understanding of cultural difference and social inequality, such as teaching and educational policy, social services, museum and historical preservation, government and public service, environmental assessment, urban planning and development, medical and public health, and business.

Students in the Anthropology concentration will complete 36 credits:

  • 6 required core classes (18 credits)
  • 5 SOA electives (15 credits)
  • 1 Comparative Cultures class (3 credits): many SOA electives fulfill this requirement; see list


To successfully complete the program for graduation, all students must:

  • Maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA in the major; beginning in fall 2009, students entering the major (starting with the class of 2013) must maintain a 2.75 GPA in the major
  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 overall GPA
  • Meet the Sociology major/Anthropology option requirements
  • Complete 30 credits at the 300/400 level (this includes courses in the major, excluding Experiential Learning)
  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits, at least 45 of which must be earned at UMass Dartmouth
  • Complete the University Studies requirements of the university
  • Complete the Distribution Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences


 Three (3) credits required from this list.


 Should be taken in sophomore year.


To be taken sophomore year.

Research Methods

To be taken junior year.


Three (3) credits required from this list. To be taken junior or senior year.

Senior Seminar*

To be taken senior year. Three (3) credits required.

*Thesis Research

*Thesis Research (SOA 492 and SOA 493), a 2-semester, six (6) credit sequence taken in the senior year may be substituted for the Internship and/or Senior Seminar requirements.

Anthropology Electives

Fifteen (15) credits of SOA courses at the 300-400 level.

Comparative Cultures

Three (3) credits required. Course to be selected from Departmental Comparative Cultures approved list (click on the link below), substitutions with permission of Department Chair. Please note that if you are doing a double major or a minor in one of the departments listed, you cannot count the same course twice (i.e. if you are an SOA major/HST minor, you cannot count HST 270 for both). Study Abroad credit may fill this requirement with permission of the Department Chair.. All classes listed are 3 credit classes.

Total Credits: 36

University Studies Requirements

In addition to the requirements in the major, students will be required to complete the University Studies requirements. For more information:

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