Anthropology - B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Anthropology
226 Lowry Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-4363
www.kent.edu/anthropology


Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology focuses on human cultural and biological diversity and our impact on past and present environments. Anthropology’s relevance to other areas of study, including sociology, social-psychology, biology and pre-medicine, links it to culture area studies, community planning and public health. Majors who focus on the biological aspect of human evolution will benefit from the freshman-level human evolution laboratory. Kent State's anthropology program provides in-depth area studies in the South Pacific (cultural anthropology), Mesoamerica and Ohio (archaeology).

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Learn how anthropologists investigate the past using the methods of social scientists. Students who earn the general BA degree in anthropology will demonstrate comprehension of anthropology’s special role in making archaeology, particularly the study of prehistoric Mexico and Ohio, come to life and become relevant for them. In addition, these students will gain a special appreciation of archaeology’s other mandate—the need to conserve the precious heritage of the archaeological record, not only Ohio’s but that of all of the eastern woodlands, and the Americas as well. Students favoring archaeology may be urged to take two upper division electives in Geography or Classics Studies. Greater emphasis in Archaeology, interest in mathematics, and desire for modern methods in geography would suggest that the student elect the archaeology track of the anthropology bachelor of science degree.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of biological anthropology as the most relevant evolution science, the one which gives them an appreciation of their place in nature. They will see the two dimensions of human evolution and adaptation: a global one (modern human variation); and a temporal one (human origins). Both dimensions require an appreciation of the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution, which includes both the process of natural selection and the roles which genetics and developmental biology play. Students favoring biological anthropology may elect courses in the Department of Biological Sciences or the College of Public Health. Even greater emphasis would suggest the biological anthropology track of the anthropology bachelor of science degree.
  3. Achieve a holistic view of human cultures and an extensive knowledge base of diverse human behavior. Students will demonstrate an appreciation of anthropology as a social science with a long history of scholarly theory and practical application. Majors, depending on their goals, may be urged to augment their four-course foreign language general requirement with an additional upper division elective in grammar and conversation.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-BA-ANTH]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ANTH 18210INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (DIVG) (KSS) 3
ANTH 18420INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY (DIVG) (KSS) 3
ANTH 18630HUMAN EVOLUTION (KBS) 3
ANTH 48212KINSHIP AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION (DIVG) 13
or ANTH 48214 POLITICS OF CULTURE (ELR) (WIC)
Anthropology Upper-Division Electives (ANTH 30000 or 40000 level)12
Ancient Anthropology Elective, choose from the following:3
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS (ELR) (WIC) 1
ARCHAEOLOGY OF DEATH
ANCIENT MESOAMERICA
ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT OHIO
STATES AND EMPIRES
Cultural Anthropology Elective, choose from the following:3
CULTURE AND PERSONALITY (DIVG) 2
MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (DIVG)
NATIVE PEOPLES OF NORTH AMERICA
PACIFIC ISLAND CULTURES (DIVG)
Human Anthropology Elective, choose from the following:3
PRIMATE SOCIETIES
HUMAN PALEONTOLOGY
HUMAN MUSCULO-SKELETAL SYSTEM
HUMAN BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (DIVG) (ELR) (WIC) 1
PRIMATE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
NATURAL SELECTION IN PERSPECTIVE
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below)14-16
College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences) 23
College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences) 33
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Science (must be from two categories)3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)3-4
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)39
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned in either ANTH 38480, ANTH 48214 or ANTH 48830 in order to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Science courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines:

  • Anthropology (ANTH),
  • Biological Sciences (BSCI),
  • Chemistry (CHEM),
  • Geography (GEOG),
  • Geology (GEOL) or
  • Physics (PHY).

Students may take the courses listed in the introductory sequences with the restrictions noted above in the Kent Core Basic Science section. The course may not be from the student's major.

3

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines:

  • Anthropology (ANTH),
  • Applied Conflict Management (CACM),
  • Geography (GEOG),
  • Criminology and Justice Studies (CRIM),
  • Political Science (POL),
  • Psychology (PSYC) or
  • Sociology (SOC).

The course may not be from the student's major.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
  • To fulfill the diversity requirement: students must take a domestic diversity course that is not an ANTH course.
  • Foreign Language College Requirement

    Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 14-16 credit hours of foreign language.1

    To complete the requirement, students have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:

    1. Intermediate I and II of the same language 2
    2. Elementary I and II of a second language
    3. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
    1

    All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses.This may be accomplished by (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level; (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP); or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining credit hours with general electives.

    2

    Certain majors, concentrations and minors may require specific languages, limit the languages from which a student may choose or require coursework through Intermediate II. Students who plan to pursue graduate study may need particular language coursework.

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!ANTH 18210
INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (DIVG) (KSS)
or INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY (DIVG) (KSS)
3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
!ANTH 18210
INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (DIVG) (KSS)
or INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY (DIVG) (KSS)
3
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
Foreign Language 3
Anthropology Upper-Division Elective (ANTH 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!ANTH 18630 HUMAN EVOLUTION (KBS) 3
Foreign Language 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
College General Requirement 3
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
Ancient Anthropology Electives 3
ANTH 48212
KINSHIP AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION (DIVG)
or POLITICS OF CULTURE (ELR) (WIC)
3
College General Requirement 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Cultural Anthropology Electives 3
Anthropology Upper-Division Elective (ANTH 30000 or 40000 level) 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
!Human Anthropology Electives 3
Anthropology Upper-Division Elective (ANTH 30000 or 40000 level) 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
Anthropology Upper-Division Elective (ANTH 30000 or 40000 level) 3
General Electives 12
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120