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.
|Required core courses|
|ANT 101||Human Nature/Human Culture||3|
|or ANT 202||Contemporary Global Issues|
|or ANT 212||Search for Economic Justice|
|ANT 195||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology||3|
|ANT 401||Ethnographic Methods||4|
|ANT 454||Historical and Theoretical Approaches in Anthropology||3|
|ANT 495||Senior Thesis in Cultural Anthropology||3|
|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|
|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|
|Anthropology of Food|
|Language, Power, and Inequality|
|Readings and Research in Anthropology|
|Internship in Anthropology|
|Category C: Archaeology/Physical anthropology requirement 1, 2|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|History of Babylonian Language and Culture I|
|History of Babylonian Language and Culture II|
|History of Women in the Ancient World|
|Iran before Islam|
|Graduate Preparation Seminar|
|Field Methods in Archaeology|
|Advanced Research Applications in Archaeology|
|Research Methods in Archaeology|
|Historical and Theoretical Perspectives in Archaeology|
|Archaeology/Anthropology Laboratory Assistant|
Nine of the 21 combined elective credits from categories A, B, & C must be at the 300-level or above.
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 Science core requirements
The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:
- 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.
- Students majoring in other CASSH programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
- Language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) 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.
- All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 42 credits required in the General Education Program.
- At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CASSH designated diversity course.
- 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 Science students complete four courses outside the department of the student's major as follows:
- A lab science course (from the general education list); and
- A social science course; and
- Another social science or general education natural science, or math course, or an approved CASSH alternative (ENV 101, PHL 334, PHL 339); and
- One additional course in humanities or fine arts or complete a global cultures and languages course 102 level or higher.
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 program option by satisfying one of the following:
- Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
- 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
- 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:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college.
- Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
- 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.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- 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 15 or fewer 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.
|CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)||3||Gen Ed Math||4|
|Gen Ed Minority Cultures||3||ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)||3|
|ANT 101, 202, or 2121||3||ANT 195 (spring only)||3|
|Gen Ed World History||3||Gen Ed Arts||2-3|
|FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)||3||Gen Ed Self & Society or Gen Ed Global Studies1||3|
|CASSH Core Course||3||CASSH Diversity Core Course||3|
|Minor Course||3||Minor Course||3|
|ANT 102 (Gen Ed Lab Science & Category C)||4||Gen Ed Humanistic Studies||3|
|Category A, B, or C Course||3||CASSH Core Course - Natural Lab Science||4|
|CASSH Core Course||3||Category A, B, or C Course||3|
|ARC 395||1||Minor Course||3|
|Minor Course||3||Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems/Language||3-4|
|Category A, B, or C Course||3||Gen Ed Health & Well Being||3|
|ANT 401||4||University Elective||2|
|ANT 454||3||Category A, B, or C Course (300-level or above)||3|
|Gen Ed Arts||2-3|
|Minor Course||3||University Elective||3|
|University Elective||3||Minor Course||3|
|CASSH Core Course||3||University Elective||2|
|Category A, B, or C Course (300-level or above)||3||ANT 495 or 496 (spring only)||3|
|University Elective||2||Category A, B, or C Course (300-level or above)||3|
|Total Credits: 120|