B.A. Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts has been designed to offer a comprehensive overview of Anthropology's four main subfields and to allow students deeper concentration in topics of their own interest. Students who earn a B.A. in anthropology receive a broad liberal arts and sciences education that provides excellent preparation for a variety of careers. They gain special understanding of human relations and expertise for jobs involving international or cross-cultural work, and social and ethnic diversity in the United States.

The major requires at least 33 s.h. of coursework in anthropology, of which at least 15 must be earned at The University of Iowa. 

Common Requirements

All anthropology majors (B.A. or B.S.) must complete the following requirements:

  • ANTH:1101 Cultural Anthropology — 3 s.h.  
  • ANTH:1201 World Archaeology — 3 s.h
  • ANTH:1301 Human Origins — 3 s.h
  • ANTH:1401 Language, Culture, and Communication — 3 s.h
  • ANTH:1001 Issues in Anthropology — 3 s.h
  • One 2000-, 3000- or 4000-level course in archaeology (areal or topical) or biological anthropology
  • One 2000-, 3000- or 4000-level course in sociocultural or linguistic anthropology
  • One 2000-, 3000- or 4000-level course in area studies
  • Three additional 2000-, 3000- or 4000-level elective courses in anthropology

Department faculty offer area studies courses focusing on Latin America, Japan, South Asia, Africa, Europe, Native North America, and the United States.  Anthropology electives offer a wide range of choices, including courses dealing with language and culture, health and healing, religious activity in folk and tribal settings, gender, biological anthropology, identity, expressive culture (art, verbal arts, literature, music, and dance), human prehistory, human evolution, environment and culture, and urban anthropology.

Independent Study

The department encourages students who have sampled both introductory and upper level classes to deepen their experience through independent study.  The typical independent study project grows out of material that a student has encountered in class and wishes to explore in more detail with the guidance of a professor. 

To initiate an independent study, a student needs to approach a professor with relevant interest and find out if the professor is interested and available.  Student and professor then work out readings, research tasks, writing projects or other appropriate elements of the independent study.

No more than 9 s.h. of independent study may be applied toward the 120 s.h. needed to earn a degree from the University of Iowa.

For advice or assistance in setting up an independent study, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.