Anthropology, B.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 36

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B025

Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.
Anthropology Core 1
ANTH 2203Global Cultural Diversity3
ANTH 2303General Linguistics3
ANTH 3113Principles of Archaeology3
ANTH 3203Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 4113Anthropology Capstone3
Anthropology Cornerstone Suite
ANTH 3011Anthropology Cornerstone I: Introduction to the Major1
ANTH 3021Anthropology Cornerstone II: Research and Writing1
ANTH 3031Anthropology Cornerstone III: Professionalization1
Anthropology Electives
Choose 18 hours of Anthropology electives18
Total Credit Hours36

Anthropology MAJOR Electives

The 18 hours of Anthropology electives are subject to the following requirements and restrictions:

  1. Methods Class: Must have at least 3 credit hours that are listed as Research Methods as defined by the Anthropology Elective List1 which may be obtained from the departmental website.
  2. Three Subfields: Must have upper division (3000- or 4000-level) electives that span at least 3 different subfields as defined by the Anthropology Elective List1 which may be obtained from the departmental website. The four possible subfields are: ArchaeologicalHHB (Human Health & Biology), Linguistic, and Socio-Cultural.
  3. At least 12 hours of electives must be 3000- and 4000-level classes.
  4. Up to 3 credit hours of these electives can be filled by Independent Study, Internship, Honors Research, or Mentored Research (ANTH 3810, 3910, 3920, 3940, 3950, 3980, 3990, or 4990).
  5. Up to 3 credit hours of electives can be filled by approved non-Anthropology courses. These allowable classes are listed on the Anthropology Elective List1.  Any Study Abroad class on Anthropology or Anthropology-related topics may be approved with permission of the departmental adviser.

Some Anthropology electives may fulfill more than one subfield or can fulfill both subfield and research methods categories. In these cases, completing one course may satisfy two distribution requirements within the "Anthropology Electives" major requirement. For example, a student whose first class is designated Biological & Research Methods and whose second class is Socio-Cultural & Linguistic would fulfill requirements #1 and #2 above with those two classes alone.

Please consult with the Department advisor if you have any questions.

General Education and College Requirements

Courses graded P/NP will not apply

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/courses.

University-Wide General Education (minimum 40 hours) and College Requirements

Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with College of Arts and Sciences and/or Department of Anthropology academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy university, College of Arts and Sciences, and Anthropology major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ANTH 2203 Global Cultural Diversity (World Culture, Core IV) 3
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
MATH (Core I) 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
Choose one of the following: 3
Principles of Archaeology  
General Linguistics  
Introduction to Biological Anthropology  
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
 Credit Hours14
Sophomore
First Semester
Choose two of the following: 6
Principles of Archaeology  
General Linguistics  
Introduction to Biological Anthropology  
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
Intermediate Language 3
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ANTH 3011 Anthropology Cornerstone I: Introduction to the Major 1
ANTH 3021 Anthropology Cornerstone II: Research and Writing 1
Anthropology Elective 3
Anthropology Elective 3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
Free Elective, lower-division (additional foreign language recommended) 3
 Credit Hours17
Junior
First Semester
Anthropology Elective 3
Anthropology Elective (Make sure 3 subfield distribution is met) 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen.Ed.) 3
Western Culture (Core IV) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Anthropology Elective 3
Anthropology Elective (Make sure 3 subfield distribution is met) 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen.Ed.) 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
ANTH 3031 Anthropology Cornerstone III: Professionalization 1
ANTH Research Methods Elective 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 1
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ANTH 4113 Anthropology Capstone 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120