Information for First Year Students

Anthropology is the holistic study of humankind using both scientific and humanistic approaches. In fact, every aspect of human beings, from their DNA to their beliefs and values, from their material remains to their language use, raises anthropological questions.  Taking an anthropology course will expand your understanding of our own species in interesting and important ways.

Incoming first-year students can take a variety of courses in anthropology this fall. None of the courses listed on this page have any prerequisites, and all are appropriate for first-year students, subject to the availability of seats. All satisfy the Social Science distribution requirement, and some also satisfy the Diversity requirement.  Any of these courses is also a good starting point for a student considering a major or minor in Anthropology.

  • ANTH 101: Human Origins (SS)
  • ANTH 102. Cultural Anthropology (SS/DIV13)
  • ANTH 103: Introduction to Archaeology (SS)
  • ANTH 104: Language and Human Experience (SS/DIV13)
  • ANTH 225. Peoples and Cultures of Africa (SS/DIV13)

If you have any questions about our courses, major, or minor, please email the Anthropology chair, Professor Wendi Haugh, at