BA in Anthropology

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Anthropology involves the study of the likenesses and differences among human beings - past and present - and prepares adults for career change, personal enrichment or graduate education. Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in anthropology and the social sciences.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural and physical anthropology
  • Explain the principles of archaeology
  • Describe the various components of social organizations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of either new world or old world anthropology
  • Demonstrate awareness of the principles relating to ethnographic aspects of culture

BA in Anthropology Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College-Level Math Course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Interdisciplinary
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Other Ethics or Diversity Course
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study: Anthropology 33
A. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State College are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
B. Required Courses 27
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Social Organization (kinship)
  • New World Anthropology (North, Middle, South America) (3 credits) OR
    Old World Anthropology (Africa & Euro-Asia) (3 credits)
  • Ethnographic courses
  • Topical courses
C. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
D. Anthropology Electives* 3
Ethnographic Area Courses
  • Cultures of Aboriginal Australia
  • Cultures of the Circumpolar Regions
  • Cultures of Europe
  • Cultures of India
  • Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Cultures of Melanesia
  • Cultures of Mesoamerica and the Caribbean
  • Cultures of North American Indians
  • Cultures of South American Indians
  • Cultures of South-East Asia
  • Cultures of the Sub-Sahara Africa
Topical Courses
  • Aging and Death in Cross Cultural Perspective
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Comparative Law
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Ethnohistory
  • Human and Cultural Ecology
  • Human Evolution
  • Language and Society
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Peasant Societies
  • Political Anthropology
  • Primate Ethology
  • Psychological Anthropology
  • Sex and Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective
  • Social and Cultural Change
  • Urban Anthropology
III. Free Electives 27
Total 120


* This list is a guide. Other anthropology courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Note: Anthropology courses and the Introduction to Archaeology course may be found in the following departments: anthropology OR archaeology OR social sciences OR sociology. Regardless of department, courses are classified as anthropology in the BA anthropology area of study.


Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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