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

The cultural anthropology emphasis major at UWL is designed for students interested in learning more about cross-cultural international issues, and pursuing careers that address social problems at both local and global scales. Cultural anthropologists work to build trust with people and to help people understand the benefits of diversity; we value people's insight and see change as a process that requires input from multiple groups; and we know that context matters: just because a problem was solved in one way with one group does not mean that the same solution will work with other groups with different histories, politics, and beliefs.  

Our program applies holistic, cross-cultural, and comparative perspectives to the study of human diversity, and teaches students the concepts, theories, and methods used to understand contemporary peoples and cultures based upon others’ rationales.

We provide our students with a variety of courses that focus on people's diverse practices, as well as courses that give students insight on the peoples and cultures found in a number of regions around the world.

We encourage our students to study abroad in short-term and long-term programs, and our students have conducted research and internships around the world, often with university research funding.

Our students graduate 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.

(All colleges)

37 credits

Required core courses
ANT 101Human Nature/Human Culture3
or ANT 202 Contemporary Global Issues
ANT 195Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANT 401Ethnographic Methods4
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
Peoples and Cultures of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
Language Policy and Activism in Europe 2
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
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
Ethnoarchaeology and Experimental Archaeology
Language Policy and Activism in Europe 2
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, 3
Select six credits from the following:6
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Archaeology: Discovering Our Past
World Archaeology: Origins and Development of Human Culture and Society
Museum Studies
The Incas and their Ancestors: Archaeology of the Andes
Pyramids, Temples and Towns! The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Cultural Resources Management
Egyptian Hieroglyphs: The Language and Culture of Ancient Egypt
Archaeology Lab Methods
European Prehistory
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 International Research in Archaeology
Maya Civilization
Ancient Iraq
Ancient Israel
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 Credits37

Nine of the 21 combined elective credits from categories A, B, & C must be at the 300-level or above.


ANT 358 can only apply to Category A: Regional requirement or Category B: Topical/Theoretical requirement. 


Archaeology/Physical anthropology courses focus on cultures, lifeways, and topics of the past.

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 Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH/VPA) Bachelor of Arts core requirements

The CASSH core provides opportunities for students to deepen their knowledge by taking courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and/or sciences beyond the requirements of general education. Students may select from courses offered by the full range of academic departments within the college according to their interests. The college core allows students to build their critical thinking, communication, problem solving, teamwork, and global competencies through in-depth exploration of topics of their choosing.

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

  1. Students majoring in English (writing and rhetoric or literary and cultural studies emphases) or in the department of global cultures and languages must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree; English major: medical professions emphasis majors may earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. Students majoring in other CASSH programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) used to fulfill the 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. At least one course in the degree must be a CASSH designated diversity course.
  5. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 42 credits required in the General Education Program.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CASSH 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 (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Bachelor of Arts students declare one of the following tracks online via the CASSH website:

A. Language track
  1. Native speakers of English complete:
    Select one of the following:
    Intermediate Arabic II
    Chinese Language and Culture in Action II
    French Language and Cultures in Action II
    Intermediate Languages II
    German Language and Cultures in Action II
    Hmong Heritage Language: Intermediate
    Hmong Heritage Language: Advanced
    Intermediate Japanese II
    Russian Language and Cultures in Action II
    Spanish Language and Cultures in Action II
    Introduction to Spanish for the Health Professions
    Non-native speakers of English: provide English proficiency evidence acceptable for admission to UWL as a degree seeking student.
  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 global language course 102 or higher; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: communication studies, English, history, philosophy and race, gender, and sexuality studies (see the Advisement Report (AR) for a listing of the approved courses); and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or fine arts.
C. Fine arts track
  1. One global 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, music, theatre; and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or humanities.
In addition to all other College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities core requirements, all students in CASSH must complete a second major, minor, or individualized option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or two certificates with at least 12 combined credits at the 300/400 level or a 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 an individualized option, consisting of 18 credits. At least 12 credits must be earned at the 300/400 level outside the major department. The remaining six credits may consist of:

    1. 100 level or higher courses outside the major (general education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements); or

    2. 300/400 level courses inside the major department not being used to fulfill major 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.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. 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.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

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.

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

Note: New students and transfer students with less than 12 credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

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 in planning 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 or 20213ANT 195 (spring only)3
Gen Ed World History3Gen Ed Self & Society or Gen Ed Global Studies13
FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3Gen Ed Arts2-3
 15 15
Year 2
102+ Level Gen Ed/CASSH Core Language23-4CASSH Diversity Core Course3
Minor Course3Minor Course3
ANT 102 (Gen Ed Lab Science & Category C)4Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3
Category A, B, or C Course3CASSH Core Course3
 Category A, B, or C Course3
 14 15
Year 3
ARC 3951Minor Course3
Minor Course3University Elective3
Category A, B, or C Course3Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
ANT 4014CASSH Core Course3
ANT 4543Category A, B, or C Course (300-level or above)3
Gen Ed Arts2-3 
 16 15
Year 4
Minor Course3University Elective3
University Elective3Minor Course3
CASSH Core Course3University Elective3
Category A, B, or C Course (300-level or above)3ANT 495 or 496 (spring only)3
University Elective3Category A, B, or C Course (300-level or above)3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

All of these course options are Gen Ed courses. ANT 101 fulfills Gen Ed Self and Society category; ANT 202 fulfills Gen Ed Global Studies category. Depending on which course is selected, other Gen Ed categories will need to be fulfilled.


CASSH Core Humanities and Fine Arts Tracks require 102+ level language. CASSH Core Language Track requires 202 level language. Students unprepared for 202 level will need to complete prerequisite course work.