- Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the four sub-fields of anthropology, and central themes in the sub-fields. These themes include: 1) the biological and cultural changes that occurred in human prehistory and history 2) cultural diversity worldwide and throughout time 3) relationships between aspects of human life, such as biology, cultural beliefs, material culture, and language and 4) the dynamics at work in different components of cultural systems (e.g. kinship).
- Students will communicate in written form about anthropological themes and topics in a variety of different and appropriate writing styles including research papers, projects, reaction papers, and essay exams. In their writing, students will analyze human situations from an anthropological perspective, and will recognize and evaluate different theories and methods in anthropology.
- Students will demonstrate general techniques of anthropological research and recognize the importance of the principles of anthropological ethics in conducting research. This research will include basic library and internet research, and in some cases, will include data collection and analysis through “hands on” training.
New freshmen who meet University admissions standards are eligible for admission to degree programs offered by the college. A student who wishes to enter the College of Arts and Sciences from another college on the Columbia campus must be in good standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. A student who wishes to enter the College of Arts and Sciences from another UofSC campus must fulfill one of the following requirements:
- Be in good standing, meet the admission requirements for a baccalaureate degree on the Columbia campus, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.
- Be in good standing and have completed 30 semester hours with a GPA of 2.00 or higher on a UofSC campus.
Some programs in the College of Arts and Sciences have special admission requirements established by the department or committee that supervises the specific degree program, for example, Cardiovascular Technology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Economics, Environmental Science, the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. These requirements are listed in the sections of this bulletin that describe department and special degree programs.
Degree Requirements (120 hours)
Program of Study
|1. Carolina Core||32-44|
|2. College Requirements||15-18|
|3. Program Requirements||31-46|
|4. Major Requirements||27|
Founding Documents Requirement
All undergraduate students must take a 3-credit course or its equivalent with a passing grade in the subject areas of History, Political Science, or African American Studies that covers the founding documents including the United State Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation and one or more documents that are foundational to the African American Freedom struggle, and a minimum of five essays from the Federalist papers. This course may count as a requirement in any part of the program of study including the Carolina Core, the major, minor or cognate, or as a general elective. Courses that meet this requirement are listed here.
1. Carolina Core Requirements (32-44 hours)
CMW – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written (6 hours)
must be passed with a grade of C or higher
- any CC-CMW courses
ARP – Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (6-8 hours)
- any CC-ARP courses
SCI – Scientific Literacy (8 hours)
- Two 4-credit hour CC-SCI laboratory science courses
GFL – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-6 hours)
Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the minimal passing grade on the exit examination in the 122 course is required. Students can demonstrate this proficiency by successfully completing Phase II of the Proficiency Test or by successfully completing the 122 course, including the exit exam administered as part of that course.
It is strongly recommended that students continuing the study of a foreign language begin college-level study of that language in their first semester and continue in that language until their particular foreign language requirement is completed.
GHS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours)
- any CC-GHS course
GSS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours)
- any CC-GSS course
AIU – Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)
- any CC-AIU course
CMS – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component1 (0-3 hours)
- any overlay or stand-alone CC-CMS course
INF – Information Literacy1 (0-3 hours)
- any overlay or stand-alone CC-INF course
VSR – Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility1 (0-3 hours)
- any overlay or stand-alone CC-VSR course
Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.
Choose 1 of the following to fulfill a Carolina Core requirement:
2. College Requirements (15-18 hours)
Foreign Language (0-3 hours)
- only if needed to meet 122-level proficiency
History (3 hours)
The College of Arts and Sciences requires one U.S. History and one non-U.S. History course. Whichever is not fulfilled through the Carolina Core GHS requirement must be fulfilled through this college requirement. Accordingly, please select one of the following:
- One Carolina Core GHS-approved course primarily focused on U.S. History: HIST 111, HIST 112, HIST 214, or another GHS-approved course determined by the College of Arts and Science to fit this geographic category.
- One Carolina Core GHS-approved course primarily focused on non-U.S. History: HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 104, HIST 105, HIST 106, HIST 108, HIST 109, GERM 280, FAMS 300 or another GHS-approved course determined by the College of Arts and Sciences to fit this geographic category.
Social Science and Fine Arts or Humanities (12 hours)
- ANTH 102
- Courses Acceptable for Social Science and Fine Arts or Humanities Credit in Degree Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences (9 hours of Fine Arts or Humanities)
3. Program Requirements (31-46 hours)
Cognate or Minor (12-18 hours)
Cognate (12 hours)
The cognate is intended to support the course work in the major. The cognate must consist of twelve (12) hours of courses at the advanced level, outside of but related to the major. The cognate may be taken in one or more departments or programs, depending on the interests of the student and the judgment of the advisor.
Courses offered by departments and programs that are acceptable for cognate credit are outlined in the section titled Courses Acceptable for Cognate Credit in Degree Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.
For cognate course offerings in other colleges, consult the appropriate sections of this bulletin. Some major programs have specific cognate requirements.
It should be emphasized that the cognate is not a second set of elective courses to be chosen at random by the student. The cognate must be approved by the major advisor as being related to the major field of study. Students are urged to consult their major advisors for specific requirements in their major.
Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the cognate. For Bachelor of Arts degrees, all cognate courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
Minor (18 hours)
In place of the cognate a student in the College of Arts and Sciences may choose a minor consisting of at least 18 credit hours of prescribed courses. (Some minors in the sciences require a minimum of 16 hours.) The subject area of the minor may be related to the major. Students pursuing interdisciplinary minors who wish to use courses in their major department for minor credit must petition the College Committee on Scholastic Standards and Petitions for permission to do so.
The minor is intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study. It differs from the cognate inasmuch as the courses must be concentrated in one area and must follow a structured sequence. Interdisciplinary minors can be designed with the approval of the assistant dean for academic affairs and advising.
Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the minor. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. At least half of the courses in the minor must be completed in residence at the University.
A list of minor programs of study can be found at Programs A-Z.
Electives (13-34 hours)
No courses of a remedial, developmental, skill-acquiring, or vocational nature may apply as credit toward degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences allows the use of the Pass-Fail option on elective courses. Further clarification on inapplicable courses can be obtained from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Note: 7-28 hours of electives will be needed to reach hours to graduate if completing the B.A. with Distinction.
4. Major Requirements (27 hours)
A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses.
Major Courses (12 hours)
|Select one course from Biological Anthropology:||3|
|Plagues Past and Present|
|Forensics of Sherlock Holmes|
|Planet of the Apes: Behavior and Biology|
|Basic Forensic Anthropology|
|Medical Experimentation and the Black Body|
|Medicine, Disease, and Slavery|
|Health and Disease in the Past|
|Human Identification in Forensic Anthropology|
|Select one course from Archaeology:||3|
|Great Discoveries in Archaeology|
|Modernity Archaeology and the Recent Past|
|Indigenous Caribbean Archaeology|
|Archaeology in Film and Popular Culture|
|Forbidden Archaeology: Fantasies, Frauds, and Mysteries of the Human Past|
|North American Prehistory|
|Principles of Archaeology|
|South Carolina Archaeology|
|Field School in Archaeology|
|Prehistoric Civilizations of the New World|
|North American Archaeology|
|Prehistoric Archaeology of South America|
|Field Problems in Archaeology|
|Forensic Archaeological Recovery (FAR)|
|Archaeological Laboratory Methods|
|Archaeology of the African Diaspora|
|Select one course from Linguistic Anthropology:||3|
|Anthropology of Nonverbal Communication|
|Language and Popular Culture|
|Language, Culture, and Society|
|Ethnography of Communication|
|Introduction to Language Sciences|
|Anthropological Approaches to Narrative and Performance|
|Language and Gender|
|Language and Globalization|
|Discourse, Gender, and Politics of Emotion|
|Select one course from Socioccultural Anthropology:||3|
|Comparing Cultures Through Film|
|Anthropology of Magic and Religion|
|Gender and Culture|
|Introduction to Folklore|
|Food and Culture|
|Ethnobotany: Plants and Peoples|
|Violence and Peace: Anthropological Perspectives|
|Diversity in the United States|
|Contemp Cultures of South Carolina|
|Cultures of Africa|
|Cultures of Islam|
|Middle Eastern Cultures|
|South Asian Cultures|
|Southeast Asian Cultures|
|Chinese Popular Culture|
|Latin American Cultures|
|Anthropology of Work|
|Anthropology of Law and Conflict|
|Anthropology of Art|
|Anthropology of Sex|
|Gender and Globalization|
|Cultures, Pregnancy, and Birth|
|Gender Issues in China|
|Tradition and Transformations in Islamic Cultures|
|An Anthropological View of Blacks in Film|
|Temporal Processes in Culture|
|Culture and Identity in the African Diaspora|
|Globalization and Cultural Questions|
|Discourse, Gender, and Politics of Emotion|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
Major Electives (15 hours)
- Select one course from the ANTH 500-level
- Select an additional 12 hours from ANTH 200-level or above
B.A. with Distinction (33 hours)
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.
Major Courses (21 hours)
- Select one course from Biological Anthropology (3 hours)
- Select one course from Archaeology (3 hours)
- Select one course from Linguistic Anthropology (3 hours)
- Select one course from Sociocultural Anthropology (3 hours)
- Select one Fieldschool, Laboratory, Practicum, Qualitative Methodology or Quantitative Methodology course (3 hours)
- ANTH 201 OR an additional 500-level course (3 hours)
- ANTH 498 (3 hours)
Major Electives (12 hours)
- Select two courses from the ANTH 500-level (6 hours)
- Select an additional 6 hours from ANTH 200-level or above
- A minimum major GPA of 3.30.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30.
- Public presentation of the Senior Thesis in a venue approved by the faculty mentor, such as:
- 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 to be placed on file in the Department of Anthropology office.
A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.
Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.