2018-2019 Catalog

Publication date June 2018

Archaeological Studies Major: Cultural Anthropology Emphasis - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Cultural Anthropology Emphasis Major at UWL is designed for for students interested in learning more about cross-cultural international issues and gaining employment in international settings and diverse settings in the US. This major program of study combines the holistic, cross-cultural, and comparative perspective of anthropology to the study of human diversity and focuses on concepts, theories, and methods students use to understand contemporary peoples and cultures based upon others’ rationales. This major program will also provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to work in diverse environments in the US, and to recognize the ways that our own beliefs and practices here in the US are just as cultural as others’ beliefs and practices around the world. The practical application of this emphasis for students is exhibited in the fact that US News & World Report ranked “Anthropologist” 4th on their Top Ten Best Jobs in Science listing for 2016, 7th on the same list in 2017 and 5th in 2018 (http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/best-science-jobs). This ranking is based on expected job growth by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a competitive average salary, and the growing need for broader cross-cultural understanding in our globalized society.

The learning outcomes for the cultural anthropology emphasis are listed below:

  1. Acquire core disciplinary knowledge:
    1. Define and utilize concepts and theories in anthropology and their historical development.
    2. Compare and contrast the uniqueness and similarities of the world’s cultures.
    3. Identify historical patterns of global culture change and their effects on contemporary local cultures.
    4. Analyze historical and contemporary developments that lead to social inequality and maintain patterns of wealth and poverty.
    5. Gain proficiency in detecting ethnocentric judgments or biases and, alternatively, explain rationales for cultural differences.
  2. Obtain practical disciplinary experience:
    1. Apply basic ethnographic research methods using appropriate tools and techniques to define a research problem, implement a study of that research problem, and report scientific findings on that research both orally and in writing.
    2. Demonstrate basic qualitative research skills.
    3. Gain proficiency in the use and evaluation of appropriate social science-related resources, such as library, electronic sourcing aides (Social Science Citation Index, etc.).
    4. Demonstrate the ability to apply anthropological concepts, theories, and skills to meet students’ career goals.
  3. Build critical thinking and communication skills:
    1. Develop effective presentation skills, including the use of visual aids.
    2. Write cogent research papers with proper grammar, spelling and professional citations and references.
    3. Critically evaluate published research.

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

36 credits

Required core coures
ANT 101Human Nature/Human Culture3
or ANT 202 Contemporary Global Issues
or ANT 212 Search for Economic Justice
ANT 195Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANT 401Ethnographic Methods3
ANT 454Historical and Theoretical Approaches in Anthropology3
ANT 495Senior Thesis in Cultural Anthropology3
or ANT 496 Honors Thesis in Cultural Anthropology
Category A: Regional requirement 1
Select six credits from the following:6
Andean Anthropology
Peoples and Cultures of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Peoples and Cultures of Africa
Hmong Americans
Category B: Topical/Theoretical requirement 1
Select nine credits from the following:9
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
Refugees, Displaced Persons and Transnational Communities
Women and Society
Hunter and Gatherer Societies
Indigenous Agricultural Societies: Past and Present
International Development and Culture Change
Rites, Rituals and Ceremonies
Images, Visual Culture and Anthropology
Anthropology of Childhood and Youth
Pastoralism: Past and Present
Ethnoarchaeology and Experimental Archaeology
Anthropology of Food
Medical Anthropology
Language, Power, and Inequality
Anthropology Forum
Readings and Research in Anthropology
Internship in Anthropology
Category C: Archaeology/Physical anthropology requirement 1, 2
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Introduction to Physical Anthropology
Archaeology: Discovering Our Past
World Archaeology: Origins and Development of Human Culture and Society
Ancient Literate Civilizations
Museum Studies
The Incas and their Ancestors: Archaeology of the Andes
Archaeology of Mexico and Central America
Pyramids, Temples and Towns! The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Cultural Resources Management
Egyptian Hieroglyphs: The Language and Culture of Ancient Egypt
Archaeology Lab Methods
Midwest Archaeology
African Archaeology
Historical Archaeology
North American Anthropology and Archaeology
The Ancient Greek World
Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean
Human Skeletal Anatomy and the Anthropological Study of the Dead
Origins of Cities
Independent Foreign Research in Archaeology
Maya Civilization
Peoples and Cultures of Africa
Ancient Iraq
Ancient Israel
Ancient Egypt
History of Babylonian Language and Culture I
History of Babylonian Language and Culture II
History of Women in the Ancient World
Ancient Turkey
Iran before Islam
Graduate Preparation Seminar
Ancient Syria
Archaeology Forum
Field Methods in Archaeology
Environmental Archaeology
Advanced Research Applications in Archaeology
Research Methods in Archaeology
Historical and Theoretical Perspectives in Archaeology
Archaeology/Anthropology Laboratory Assistant
Total Credits36

Credits that are applied to the archaeological studies major: cultural anthropology emphasis cannot be applied to the archaeological studies major or minor. 

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Liberal Studies (CLS/SAC) Bachelor of Arts core requirements

The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

  1. Students majoring in English or in a modern language must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree (education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree).
  2. Students majoring in other CLS programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
  4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
  5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CLS designated diversity course.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CLS B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Declare ONE of the following tracks in the CLS Academic Services Office in 260 Morris Hall:

A. Language track

  1. Native speakers of English complete:
    Select one of the following:
    Intermediate Chinese II
    Intermediate French II
    Intermediate German II
    Intermediate Russian II
    Intermediate Spanish II
    World Languages: Intermediate II
    Heritage Language: Intermediate
    Heritage Language: Advanced
    Non-native speakers of English: score at least 80 on the La Crosse Battery of exams for non-native speakers of English; or submit a TOEFL or IELTS score that meets the university's English language proficiency requirement for admission; or complete ESL 252 or ESL 253, and one additional course from ESL 250, ESL 251, ESL 252, ESL 253. (Contact the English as a Second Language Institute for eligibility and regulations); and
  2. Two additional courses outside of the student's major in two of the following: humanities, social sciences or fine arts.

B. Humanities track

  1. One modern language course 102 or higher; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: history, English, philosophy; and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or fine arts.

C. Fine arts track

  1. One modern language course 102 or higher; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: art, communication studies, music, theatre; and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or humanities.
In addition to all other College of Liberal Studies core requirements, all students in CLS must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
  2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
  3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3Gen Ed Math4
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3
ANT 101, 202, or 21213ANT 195 (spring only)3
Gen Ed World History3Gen Ed Elective3
Gen Ed Elective3 
 15 13
Year 2
CLS Core Course3CLS Diversity Core Course3
102+ Level Gen Ed/CLS Core Language24Minor Course3
Minor Course3Gen Ed Arts2-3
ANT 102 (Gen Ed Lab Science & Category C)4Gen Ed Elective3
Category A, B, or C Course3Category A, B, or C Course3
 17 14
Year 3
ARC 3951Minor Course3
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3Gen Ed Elective3
Minor Course3Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
Category A, B, or C Course3Gen Ed Arts2-3
ANT 4013Category A, B, or C Course (300-level or above)3
ANT 4543 
 16 15
Year 4
Minor Course3Elective Course3
Elective3Minor Course3
CLS Core Course3Elective Course3
Category A, B, or C Course (300-level or above)3ANT 495 or 496 (spring only)3
Elective Course3Category A, B, or C Course (300-level or above)3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120
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