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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Anthropology


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Undergraduate Program

...appreciate the cultural and biological diversity.

Carlina de la Cova, Undergraduate Director
Phone: (803) 777-2957
Email: delacova@mailbox.sc.edu

Claudia Carriere, Undergraduate Coordinator
Phone: (803) 777-0993 or Main Office: (803) 777-6500
Email: cfcarri@mailbox.sc.edu


UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES BULLETIN
STUDENT SURVEY
 


ABOUT THE ANTHROPOLOGY DEPARTMENT

The Anthropology major is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to appreciate the cultural and biological diversity of humans and to apply their knowledge to a variety of career endeavors.

The Anthropology Department offers a general program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree and a Research Track/Intensive Major leading to a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Anthropology. Anthropology is a social science concerned with the study of humans within a broad context that includes the social and physical development of our species. The diverse discipline is divided into four main areas. Cultural Anthropology is concerned with the comparative analysysis of different cultures and their environments. Archaeology is the science that studies past people and societies through their artifacts. Linguistic Anthropology studies spoken languages to learn about cross-cultural development between languages and culture. Biological Anthropology includes the study of the physical nature and development of human beings, behavior and anatomy of nonhuman primates, and human variations.

Faculty in Anthropology typically have both a topical and a geographical area specialty and continue research and teaching in those areas. All four subfields are represented and students frequently have opportunities to participate in research or field work both abroad and locally. For example, current faculty have prime interests in medical and nutritional anthropology, the health effects of social and economic change in Latin America, historical archaeology, paleoethnobotany, gender and state societies, film and psychological issues in Indonesia, demography of historical U.S. and Native Americans of the Northwest, West African archaeology, African-American culture, and cultural change in Mexico and Kentucky.

MAJOR



During their first two years, Anthropology majors typically concentrate on taking general education courses and sample major introductory courses. Due to its diverse nature, the major requires one course in all four subfields. Students may concentrate in their area of interest through major electives and cognate choices. Some Anthropology courses are offered through the South Carolina Honors College, and others are cross listed with departments and programs such as Southern Studies, Latin American Studies, African American Studies, Public Health, Religious Studies, Women's Studies, Linguistics, History, and Geography.




ANTHROPOLOGY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS:



General Education Requirements: Same as the College of Arts and Sciences, except for the following more specific requirements:



Major Prerequisites:

ANTH 101 or ANTH 161 (Anth 161 can be used as 4 hrs of the 8hrs required for the Scientific Literacy Requirement at the same time it fulfills the biological Prerrequisite for Anthropology)
& 

ANTH 102 (either ANTH 101 or ANTH 102 can fulfill 3 hrs of the 6-hr GSS [Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding - Social Sciences/Cultural Identities] Requirement)



General Major:

• A topical course in biological anthropology (3 hours)

• A topical course in archaeology (3 hours)

• A topical course in linguistic anthropology (3 hours)

• A topical course in cultural anthropology (3 hours)

• A 500-level anthropology course (3 hours)

• At least four other anthropology courses (12 hours)



Major requirements 27 hours - not including the prerequisites.




B.A. with Distinction:


Departmental Undergraduate Research Track/Intensive Major is available to students majoring in Anthropology who wish to participate in significant research activities in collaboration with, or under the supervision of, a faculty mentor.



Minimum GPA of 3.3 overall and in major

General Education Requirements: Same as the College of Arts and Sciences, except for the following more specific requirements:



Major Prerequisites:

ANTH 101 or ANTH 161 (Anth 161 can be used as 4 hrs of the 8hrs required for the Scientific Literacy Requirement at the same time it fulfills the biological Prerrequisite for Anthropology)
&

ANTH 102 (either ANTH 101 or ANTH 102 can fulfill 3 hrs of the 6-hr GSS [Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding - Social Sciences/Cultural Identities] Requirement)




• A topical course in biological anthropology (3 hours)

• A topical course in archaeology (3 hours)

• A topical course in linguistic anthropology (3 hours)

• A topical course in cultural anthropology (3 hours)

• At least two other anthropology courses (6 hours)

• Two 500-level anthropology courses (6 hours)

• Field School, Laboratory, Practicum, Qualitative Methodology or Quantitative Methodology course (3 hours)


• ANTH 201 Inquiry or additional 500-level course chosen in consultation with advisor (3 hours)

• ANTH 498 Thesis (3 hours)



Major requirements 33 hours- not including the prerequisites.

Students should prepare for the DURT thesis research during their Junior year, so that they have enough time to complete the research and writing process. They develop ideas on thesis topics with an advisor (Anthropology faculty member) of their choice (with their advisor’s consent).  Hardcopies of previous Sr. Theses can be viewed upon request to the Undergraduate Director.

 

The senior thesis will produce a piece of original research and a public presentation of the research in a venue approved by the faculty mentor. Examples of such venues would include:


• Annual meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society (or another annual meeting of the appropriate professional organization)

• A regular or special session of the Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series

• USC Discovery Day

• Submission to a professional journal



A written sponsorship agreement from the faculty mentor will be placed on file in the Department of Anthropology office.



Students who successfully complete the intensive major requirements with a GPA of 3.3 or higher in the major and overall will be awarded their degree with Distinction in Anthropology upon graduation.

Undergraduate Director: Dr.David Simmons     dsimmons@mailbox.sc.edu

Undergraduate Admin. Assist.: Claudia Carriere      cfcarri[at]mailbox.sc.edu

MINOR or COGNATE

A Minor consists of 18 hours of prescribed courses, as set out by the department of the minor. The minor is intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study. It differs from the cognate in that the courses must be concentrated in one area and follow a structured sequence. Students who wish to use courses in their major department for minor credit must petition the College Committee on Standards and Petitions for permission to do so. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

The minor consists of eighteen (18) semester hours.

ANTH 101 - Primates, People, and Prehistory

ANTH 102 - Understanding Other Cultures

and four (4) courses of your choice at the 200-level or above

In certain cases ANTH 101 and ANTH 102 can be exempted by permission of the Undergraduate Director and replaced with two (2) other anthropology courses.

A Cognate requires a minimum of 12 hours in advanced courses (usually 300 or above) in other departments related to and supporting the major. Courses should be junior/senior level and must be approved in advance by the advisor. Cognate courses may be taken in one or more departments. All Cognate courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better.

DOUBLE MAJOR

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences may double major by completing the collegiate and departmental requirements in each of two departments. This will include at least 48 hours of major course work under one of the following options:

▪    both majors in the College of Arts and Sciences
▪    one major in the College of Arts and Sciences and one in the College of Science and Mathematics
▪    one major in the College of Arts and Sciences and one in the School of Music, Bachelor of Arts degree with major in Music Only.

ADVISEMENT

The Anthropology Department is committed to quality academic advising. Each student enrolled in the Department is assigned a faculty advisor whose specialty most closely matches the student's interests. The faculty advisor must sign advisement forms and monitor the progression toward the degree; the advisor cautions the student to make certain that academic programs are completed in a timely manner. This is especially important since not all required courses may be offered each semester. It is the responsibility of students to keep track of their courses and make sure that their programs satisfy Departmental and College graduation requirements.

Reminders:

1. Sign-up for advisement on your advisor's door. (He/she will have their available times clearly marked.)
2. Take your file to the advisement appointment. (Files are picked up from the main office in Gambrell Hall, Suite 440)
3. It is ultimately the responsibility of the student to make sure he/she fulfills the requirements for the degree.
4. Immediately following the advisement, the student should fill in and submit an Anthropology Department Student Survey.
5. During the student's next to last semester, he/she must call the office of the Dean (777-2993) and make an appointment for a Senior Check. The Major Program Card (available in the Department of Anthropology Office, Gambrell Hall, Suite 440) must be completed in advance of the Senior Check. The student should schedule an appointment with his/her advisor to fill out the Major Program Card in time to take it to the appointment at the Dean's office.
6. The student must apply for graduation at the Dean's office in the first month of their last semester.

NOTE
The normal course load is 15-18 hours per semester. In order to take 19 or more hours, a student must have attained, in the previous full semester, an average of 3.0 or better on a minimum of 12 hours taken on a non-pass/fail basis. In order to enroll in independent study, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. No student may apply more than 15 hours of independent study credits toward the degree. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis can only be used as free electives. This option is available only to students with a GPA of 2.000 and above and for no more than 8 courses. No grade of D will be permitted to count toward a student's major, minor, or cognate. If necessary, the course must be repeated, raising the number of hours required for graduation. In order to graduate, the student must have a minimum of 120 applicable hours, meet all course requirements, be in good standing, meet departmental or program requirements, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000 on all work completed at USC.

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

Look below for additional information on several topics that will help in your undergraduate studies:

Admissions

Office of the University Registrar

Transfer Student Information

Student Affairs and Academic Support

Anthropology Courses

USC Master Schedule & Course Listings

Financial Aid

Available Grants

What Can I Do With A Major In Anthropology?

ASA (Anthropology Student Association)

Undergraduate Awards

Upcoming Conferences