Why study anthropology?

Because anthropology explains the diversity of humanity.

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

To complete the requirements for the degree in 4 years, the department recommends the following:

  1. Prospective majors should have completed all general education and language requirements no later than the end of the fall semester of the junior year.
  2. Prospective majors should meet with the undergraduate advisor upon declaration of the major
    1. to assess their progress toward completing the degree in 4 years, and
    2. to develop a plan for their course work in their remaining semesters.
  3. Prospective majors are advised to take required courses in part 1 before the junior year.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

A minimum of 31-34 hours is required. The major offers a systematic introduction to each of the subdisciplines along with advanced training in specific areas. These normally are taken before moving on to upper-level courses. Students should select courses listed in part 2 in consultation with faculty advisors.

Anthropology Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas. Two should be at the 300 level.

Anthropology Core Knowledge and Skills
Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:
Succeeding in Anthropology. (1)
Satisfied by:
ANTH 102Succeeding in Anthropology1
Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology (3)3
Satisfied by one of the following:
Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology
Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology, Honors
Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology
Introduction to Linguistics or Language in Culture & Society (3)3
Satisfied by one of the following:
Introductory Linguistics
Introductory Linguistics, Honors
Language in Culture and Society
Language in Culture and Society, Honors
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or the Varieties of Human Experience (3)3
Satisfied by one of the following:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Honors
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
The Varieties of Human Experience
The Varieties of Human Experience, Honors
The Varieties of Human Experience
Introduction to Archaeology (3)3
Satisfied by one of the following:
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Archaeology, Honors
Introduction to Archaeology

Anthropology Subdiscipline Required Electives

Majors must complete a course in the following areas. Majors should consult with their academic advisor to select courses that best meet their interests.

Students considering graduate school should take at least 2 courses beyond major requirements. These should be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Anthropology Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 31-34 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator

A sample 4-year plan for the BA degree in Anthropology can be found here: Anthropology, or by using the left-side navigation.

A sample 4-year plan for the BGS degree in Anthropology can be found by using the left-side navigation.

Departmental Honors

To qualify for honors, an undergraduate must achieve an in-residence and combined minimum grade-point average of 3.25 overall and 3.5 in anthropology. Students must file a declaration of intent form with the instructor with whom they choose to work. In addition to the required hours, the student must enroll in 3 to 6 hours of ANTH 499 Senior Honors Research and complete a senior thesis based on this work. It is recommended that all candidates make an oral presentation of their research results. One copy of the thesis must be bound and placed in the departmental thesis library.