Western Michigan University's anthropology program is designed to provide you with an understanding of the human condition in its plurality through the integration of historical, cultural, linguistic and biological perspectives. Through course offerings, you will broaden your familiarity with diverse ways of life, past and present; gain knowledge of human adaptation and variation from our earliest ancestors to modern peoples; and be exposed to perspectives and methods that challenge multiple forms of social inequality.
The anthropology faculty places an emphasis on anthropology as a critical social science. You will have opportunities to participate in various field programs here and abroad and will receive preparation for graduate study in anthropology.
A major in anthropology consists of a minimum of 34 hours of anthropology courses and must include:
- ANTH 2100, 2400 and 2500.
- One writing-intensive course in anthropology (3540, 4400, 4500, 4390 or 4750).
- One experiential learning course (4900, 4970, 5030, 5090, 5330 or 5400).
- Three additional hours of coursework at the 4000-level or above.
- No more than three hours of coursework at the 1000-level.
- C or better in every anthropology class counted in the major.
- No more than 12 hours of anthropology classes may be transferred.
A student with a major in anthropology is strongly encouraged to take a broad range of courses in all four subdisciplines of anthropology: archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and linguistics.
A minor in anthropology consists of a minimum of 18 hours of anthropology courses and must include:
- Six hours of coursework at the 4000-level or above.
- No more than six hours of coursework at the 1000-level.
- C or better in every anthropology class counted in the minor.
- No more than nine hours of anthropology classes may be transferred.
Prior to fall 2009, the minor consisted of 21 credits with the following additional requirements:
- ANTH 1100 or 2100
- ANTH 1500 or 2400
- ANTH 2400
- For major and minor requirements, meet with the department undergraduate advisor, Dr. Kristina Wirtz, at least once every semester prior to selecting courses for the following semester.
- For University and general education requirements, meet with a College of Arts and Sciences advisor.
- To apply to graduate school in anthropology, meet with Dr. Kristina Wirtz two semesters before you graduate for assistance in selecting appropriate programs.