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General Anthropology Major – NEW Fall 2021!

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Course Descriptions:  Anthropology  and   Sociology

No more than three (3) courses toward the major may be taken at other institutions.

Liberal Learning Quantitative Requirement:

All TCNJ students must take a course in mathematics as part of their general education requirements. We specify that anthropology majors choose one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Statistics (STA 115, B- minimum)
  • Option 2: Statistical Inference (STA 215, C minimum)
  • Option 3: Intro to Logic (PHL 120, B- minimum)


Foundation Courses (3 units)

Students must earn the grade minimum in prerequisite courses (as noted below) before they may register for department core courses. With the exception of SOC 101, all other core courses (301, 302, 499) must be taken at TCNJ and are offered both fall and spring semesters.

ANT 110 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

A survey of the major concepts of social-cultural anthropology. Cross-cultural comparison will be a central concern of the course, as will the process of cultural change.

[Grade Minimum: B-]


SOC301 – Development of Socio-Cultural Theory

Prerequisite: ANT 110

(Must be taken at The College of New Jersey)
The response of social theorists to the consequences of the industrial revolution and the issues of capitalism, secularism, industrialism, modern consciousness, and the socio-critical enterprise, seen through the work of such theorists as Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. Contemporary development of these theories will also be discussed.

[Grade Minimum: C]


Senior Capstone in Anthropology

(Must be taken at The College of New Jersey during fall or spring semester)

Prerequisites: SOC301, Quantitative Methods course/Advanced Language study, and Specialized Methods course

Choose one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Senior Capstone Internship (ANT 487, .5 units) + Senior Seminar in Anthropology (ANT 499, .5 units)
  • Option 2: Senior One-Semester Capstone Research (ANT 493)

[Grade minimum:  C]

*With departmental approval only, exceptional students may complete ANT 495 and ANT 496: Senior Thesis in Anthropology in two consecutive semesters.

Second Subfield Introductory Course

Choose one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Introduction to Biological Anthropology (ANT 111)
  • Option 2: Introduction to Archaeology (ANT 112)
  • Option 3: Language and Culture (ANT 213)

[Grade minimum:  B-]

Quantitative Methods Course OR Advanced Language Study

Choose one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Quantitative Research Methods (SOC 302)
  • Option 2: Advanced Language Study (200, 300, or 400 level)
  • Option 3: Study Abroad Experience

[Grade minimum:  C]

Specialized Methods Course

Choose one of the following options:

  • Option 1: Research Course in Anthropology (ANT 390)
  • Option 2: Urban Ethnography (ANT 401)
  • Option 3: Human Osteology & Forensic Anthropology (ANT 361)
  • Option 4: Archaeological Field Methods (ANT 370)

[Grade minimum:  C]

Department Option (4 units)

Anthropology majors select 4 additional course from out department offerings, with at least 3 selected from the 300 or 400 course levels. Additional courses can be approved in consultation with the department chair. Current course offerings include:

  • Intro. to Biological Anthropology (ANT 111)
  • Intro. to Archaeology (ANT 112)
  • Contemporary Japan (ANT 171)
  • Human Evolution (ANT 205)
  • Language and Culture: Intro. to Linguistic Anthropology (ANT 213)
  • Climate Change and Society (ANT 246)
  • Special Topics in Anthropology (ANT 270)
  • Gender and Language (ANT 271/WGS 271/WLC 271)
  • Gender and Migration (ANT 311)
  • Vampires, Werewolves & Witches (ANT 313)
  • Ethnicity, Race & Nation (ANT 315)
  • Global Urbanization (ANT 335)
  • Food, Biology, and Culture (ANT 337)
  • Social Change in Latin America (ANT 340)
  • Environmental Anthropology (ANT 341)
  • Human Osteology and Forensic Anthropology (ANT 361)
  • Topics in Anthropology (topic varies; ANT 370)
  • Culture, Health, and Illness (ANT/SOC 371)
  • Global Public Health (ANT/SOC 372)
  • U.S. Public Health & Social Policy (ANT/SOC 373)
  • Research Course in Anthropology (ANT 390)
  • Independent Study in Anthropology (ANT 391)
  • Internship in Anthropology (ANT 399)
  • Urban Ethnography (ANT 401)
  • Senior Thesis in Anthropology (ANT 495)
  • Urban Youth Deviance (SOC 310)
  • Food, Culture, and Society (SOC 314)
  • Racism, Power, Privilege (SOC 315)
  • Cities, Suburbs, and Communities (SOC 320)
  • Population Dynamics (SOC 330)
  • Body Image, Culture, and Society (SOC 333)
  • Gender in U.S. Society (SOC 334)
  • Courtship, Marriage, and the Family (SOC 335)
  • Cultural and Social Change (SOC 336)
  • Inequality, Pollution, and Environment (SOC 345)
  • Introduction to Urban Planning (SOC 355)
  • Self and Society (SOC 356)
  • Poverty and Welfare in the U.S. (SOC 365)
  • Medical Sociology (SOC 374)
  • Religion and American Culture (SOC 375)
  • Disparities in the US Health System (SOC 377)
  • Education and American Culture (SOC 380)
  • Economic & Social Development in China (SOC 381)
  • Intro. to Applied Sociology (SOC 385)

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