Requirements for Major
Ten courses (31 credits) taken within a program approved by a departmental undergraduate advisor are required for a major. These ten courses may include courses taken before declaration of the major, and up to two from outside the Department of Anthropology. Courses taken outside the anthropology department, including courses transferred from other institutions or study-abroad programs, may count toward the area requirements for the major (subject to approval by a major advisor, limited to six credits), but normally they may not count toward the above 3000-level requirement for the major. In order to declare a major, a student must have completed two courses in the anthropology department. Students who transfer to the university after their second year of college may declare a major after completing one anthropology course.
No course for the major may be taken on a CR/NC basis. Normally at least 18 credits must be taken after declaration of the major. The major requires a distribution of courses in the following areas:
- one course in each of these areas within anthropology: principles of socio-cultural analysis; ethnography; archaeology; and linguistics;
- ANTH 3010 in the second or third year;
- ANTH 4591 during the third or fourth year;
- at least two courses at or above the 3000 level, in addition to 3010 and 4591; These courses must be taken in the Department of Anthropology at University of Virginia. ANTH 4993 may not be used for this purpose
- at least one course in anthropology that fulfills the major’s non-Western perspectives requirement
Each semester, the department publishes a list of the current courses that satisfy the above requirements on its website.
Students frequently find that anthropology provides a cognate discipline which can be paired with other studies in the humanities and sciences. Many of these students choose to double-major in anthropology and another discipline. Up to six credits in another department major may be counted toward an anthropology major if they are consistent with a student’s overall program. Specific courses, therefore, may be counted toward both majors, but the student must receive approval from a departmental advisor in advance.
Exceptions to any of these requirements are made only upon written petition to the Undergraduate Committee of the Department of Anthropology. No petitions are accepted after the completion of a student’s seventh semester.
A number of informal activities are associated with the department. Among these is the Virginia Anthropology Society of the University of Virginia. Majors are encouraged to attend meetings of the group and to attend lectures and symposia sponsored by the department.
Requirements for Minor
Students majoring in a diverse array of disciplines choose to minor in anthropology. Courses taken in other disciplines may not count toward a minor. A maximum of one anthropology course taken at another institution may count toward the minor, if approved by a major advisor.
A minor consists of six three-credit courses. In addition all minors must take one course in three of the following four areas of anthropology: principles of sociocultural analysis; ethnography; archaeology; and linguistics, and at least one course in anthropology that fulfills the major’s non-Western perspectives requirement. There are no requirements as to level.
Independent Study in Anthropology
For students who want to work on an individual research project, ANTH 4993 allows considerable flexibility. There is no formal limitation on the kind of project as long as a faculty member is willing to direct it, but the project should not duplicate what is already available in a regular course. Applicants should have their projects roughly defined when they apply to the faculty member. The normal requirements for ANTH 4993 are a reading list comparable in substance to those in regular courses and a term paper and oral examination at the end of the semester.
Distinguished Majors Program in Anthropology
Students with superior academic performance are encouraged to apply for the departmental Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) in which they write a thesis demonstrating independent study of high quality. The requirements for admission to the DMP are:
- satisfaction of all College requirements as stated in this Record with a GPA of at least 3.400 in all university courses;
- a GPA of at least 3.400 in all courses taken as part of the anthropology major;
- seeks permission of an advisor, who may be any member of the departmental faculty that is willing to take on the responsibility of supervising the thesis and is normally someone to whom the students have already demonstrated their ability in an upper-level course;
- applies for admission (normally in the spring semester of the Third Year) to the Director of the Program, by declaring their DMP graduation year (and semester), and by including their relevant course transcripts showing their two cumulative GPAs, along with the selected thesis topic, and the names of the primary and second faculty thesis advisors.
On admission, student registers with the primary faculty advisor for ANTH 4998 in the first semester of the Program, and for ANTH 4999 in the second semester for revising and finalizing the thesis in consultation with the two faculty readers. A DMP thesis involving field research on human subjects requires the University’s IRB Approval. This should be acquired before beginning the fieldwork, with the help of the primary faculty advisor.
In the final semester of the Program, student takes into account the criticisms and suggestions of the two advisors and other interested faculty members, and submits a finished thesis of approximately 10,000 words to the two advisors three weeks before the Grades Due date for the semester. For regular Spring Graduation, the thesis is to be submitted by April 21. The level of distinction awarded in a thesis is approved by both the faculty advisors.
Any prospective and current DMP students wishing help in entering, setting up or conducting their Program should contact the DMP director, Professor R. S. Khare (Tel: 924-7044 or email@example.com), and be also in contact with their major advisor and the Director of Undergraduate Programs.
Minor in Global Culture and Commerce
The minor in Global Culture and Commerce (GCC) focuses on the intersection of two sets of issues: (1) cultural translation and cross-cultural knowledge, and (2) local and global economic and cultural development. The minor consists of six courses (of which two must be in Anthropology) planned in accordance with the student’s interests, plus one co-requisite language course, to be chosen in consultation with the minor Directors. To apply for the minor, students should consult one of the directors, Richard Handler or Rachel Most.
For more information, contact Carrie B. Douglass, Director of the Undergraduate Program, Department of Anthropology, Brooks Hall, P.O. Box 400120, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4120; (434) 924-7044; Fax: (434) 924-1350; http://anthropology.virginia.edu/ ; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courses at the 1000 and 2000 levels have no prerequisites and are open to all students. Courses at the 3000 and 4000 level are advanced undergraduate courses and often assume that students have already taken ANTH 1010 or other relevant 2000-level courses. These are general prerequisites and individual professors may consider other courses within or outside the department to be sufficient preparation. Courses at the 5000 level have third- or fourth-year status and prior course work in anthropology as a general prerequisite. These courses are designed primarily for majors and graduate students, but are open by permission to other qualified, sufficiently motivated undergraduates.
General and Theoretical Anthropology
Principles of Sociocultural Analysis
- ANTH 1050 - Anthropology of Globalization Credits: 3
- ANTH 2190 - Desire and World Economics Credits: 3
- ANTH 2210 - Marriage and the Family Credits: 3
- ANTH 2230 - Fantasy and Social Values Credits: 3
- ANTH 2240 - Progress Credits: 3
- ANTH 2250 - Nationalism, Racism, Multiculturalism Credits: 3
- ANTH 2270 - Race, Gender, and Medical Science Credits: 3
- ANTH 2280 - Medical Anthropology Credits: 3
- ANTH 2310 - Symbol and Ritual Credits: 3
- ANTH 2320 - Anthropology of Religion Credits: 3
- ANTH 2325 - Anthropology of God Credits: 3
- ANTH 2340 - Anthropology of Birth and Death Credits: 3
- ANTH 2345 - Anthropology of Reproduction: Fertility and the Future Credits: 3
- ANTH 2360 - Don Juan and Castaneda Credits: 3
- ANTH 2365 - Art and Anthropology Credits: 3
- ANTH 2557 - Culture Through Film Credits: 3
- ANTH 2560 - Hierarchy and Equality Credits: 3
- ANTH 2565 - Society and Politics in Cross-Cultural Perspective Credits: 3
- ANTH 2570 - History and Narrative Credits: 3
- ANTH 2575 - Migrants and Minorities Credits: 3
- ANTH 2590 - Social and Cultural Anthropology Credits: 3
- ANTH 2670 - How Others See Us Credits: 3
- ANTH 2900 - The Cultural Politics of American Family Values Credits: 3
- ANTH 3129 - Marriage, Mortality, Fertility Credits: 3
- ANTH 3170 - Anthropology of Media Credits: 3
- ANTH 3175 - Native American Art: The Astor Collection Credits: 3
- ANTH 3180 - Social History of Commodities Credits: 3
- ANTH 3200 - Marriage, Gender, Political Economy Credits: 3
- ANTH 3210 - Kinship and Social Organization Credits: 3
- ANTH 3220 - Economic Anthropology Credits: 3
- ANTH 3230 - Legal Anthropology Credits: 3
- ANTH 3240 - The Anthropology of Food Credits: 3
- ANTH 3260 - Globalization and Development Credits: 3
- ANTH 3270 - Anthropology of Politics Credits: 3
- ANTH 3272 - Anthropology of Dissent Credits: 3
- ANTH 3300 - Tournaments and Athletes Credits: 3
- ANTH 3320 - Shamanism, Healing, and Ritual Credits: 3
- ANTH 3340 - Ecology and Society: An Introduction to the New Ecological Anthropology Credits: 3
- ANTH 3360 - Fieldwork, Ethnographic Methods, and the Field Experience Credits: 3
- ANTH 3370 - Power and the Body Credits: 3
- ANTH 3560 - The Museum in Modern Culture Credits: 3
- ANTH 3580 - Science and Culture Credits: 3
- ANTH 3590 - Social and Cultural Anthropology Credits: 3
- ANTH 3600 - Sex, Gender, and Culture Credits: 3
- ANTH 3665 - Trade Diasporas: Exchanges and Connections across Asia Credits: 3
- ANTH 3930 - Kinship and the New Reproductive Technologies Credits: 3
- ANTH 4590 - Social & Cultural Anthropology Credits: 3
Independent Study and Research