Anthropology - B.S.

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


Description

The Bachelor of Science in Anthropology major comprises the following concentrations:

The Archaeology concentration provides students with in-depth training in analysis and field opportunities, as well as coursework in archeological theory and cultural ecology. The program emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of archaeology. Students take courses in geography (GIS mapping and satellite imagery), geology, mathematics and chemistry. The program features hands-on training using the latest technologies, including digital recording and mapping equipment, remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems. Regional areas of specialization include Mesoamerica and eastern North America.

The Biological Anthropology concentration trains students in aspects of evolutionary theory, human evolution and human variation. Coursework includes studies of living primates, their anatomy, behavior, ecology and conservation. Genetics and neurobiology labs are available for undergraduate (and graduate student) training. Additionally, the freshmen human evolution laboratory enhances the learning process in the biological aspects of human nature.

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

All anthropology bachelor of science majors will acquire a foundational view of human cultures and an extensive knowledge base of diverse human behavior. There are two concentrations within this degree program.

Archaeology Concentration

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Learn how anthropologists investigate the past combining the methods of social and natural scientists. Students who earn the BS degree in archaeology will demonstrate comprehension of anthropology’s special role in making archaeology, particularly the study of the ancient Americas, 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, both in the New World and the Old.  Students will demonstrate thorough knowledge of general chemistry and fundamental mathematics, as well as specific areas of geology and geography.
  2. Students of this program will demonstrate broad skills in both social and basic sciences, a unique perspective for a bachelor’s graduate. That is, in addition to a fundamental understanding of how social theorists think and apply their findings, these students will demonstrate how a knowledge base is also derived from induction-based inference.

Biological Anthropology Concentration

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. 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 deep 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 will demonstrate thorough knowledge of general chemistry and fundamental mathematics, as well as specific areas in the biological sciences.
  2. Demonstrate broad skills in social, physical, and biological sciences, a unique perspective for a bachelor’s graduate. That is, in addition to a fundamental understanding of how social scientists think and apply their findings, these students will demonstrate how a knowledge base is derived from induction-based inference.

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

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 38480ARCHAEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS (ELR) (WIC) 13
ANTH 38490QUANTITATIVE ANTHROPOLOGY 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)15
CHEM 10060GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10061GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
CHEM 10063GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
MATH 11022TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
MATH 12002ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
Ancient Anthropology Electives, choose from the following:3
ARCHAEOLOGY OF DEATH
ANCIENT MESOAMERICA
ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT OHIO
STATES AND EMPIRES
Human Anthropology Electives, choose from the following:3
PRIMATE SOCIETIES
HUMAN MUSCULO-SKELETAL SYSTEM
HUMAN BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (DIVG) (ELR) (WIC) 1
NATURAL SELECTION IN PERSPECTIVE
Additional Requirements (course do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below)8
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Concentrations
Choose from the following:39
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

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

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.00 2.00
  • 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 Science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 8 credit hours of foreign language.1

  • Minimum Elementary I and II of the same language
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 their university foreign language experience 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 the Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP),  the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; 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 8 credit hours and two courses, they will complete the remaining hours with general electives.

Archaeology Concentration Requirements

[AS-BS-ANTH-ARCL]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
GEOG 10160INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY (KSS) 3
GEOG 29160MAPPING OUR WORLD 3
GEOG 49070GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE 3-4
or GEOG 49080 ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE
or GEOG 49230 REMOTE SENSING
GEOL 11040HOW THE EARTH WORKS (KBS) 3
GEOL 11041HOW THE EARTH WORKS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 23063EARTH MATERIALS I 4
or GEOL 32066 GEOMORPHOLOGY
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)22
Minimum Total Credit Hours:39

Biological Anthropology Concentration Requirements

[AS-BS-ANTH-BIOA]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 10120BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 30140CELL BIOLOGY 4
BSCI 30156ELEMENTS OF GENETICS 3
BSCI 40163EVOLUTION 3
Biology Electives, choose from the following:3-4
GENERAL ECOLOGY
VERTEBRATE EMBRYOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENTAL ANATOMY
SYSTEMATIC BOTANY
ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Kent Core Social Sciences (must not be ANTH)3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)19
Minimum Total Credit Hours:39

Roadmaps

 

Archaeology Concentration

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
CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 11040 HOW THE EARTH WORKS (KBS) 3
GEOL 11041 HOW THE EARTH WORKS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!ANTH 18210
INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (DIVG) (KSS)
or INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY (DIVG) (KSS)
3
CHEM 10061 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10063 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Three
MATH 11022 TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
Anthropology Upper-Division Electives (ANTH 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
!ANTH 18630 HUMAN EVOLUTION (KBS) 3
MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
Foreign Language 4
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!ANTH 38480
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS (ELR) (WIC)
or QUANTITATIVE ANTHROPOLOGY
3
GEOG 10160 INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY (KSS) 3
!Ancient Anthropology Elective 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!ANTH 38480
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS (ELR) (WIC)
or QUANTITATIVE ANTHROPOLOGY
3
!ANTH 48212
KINSHIP AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION (DIVG)
or POLITICS OF CULTURE (ELR) (WIC)
3
GEOG 29160 MAPPING OUR WORLD 3
!Human Anthropology Elective 3
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
GEOG 49070
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE
or ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE
or REMOTE SENSING
3-4
Anthropology Upper-Division Electives (ANTH 30000 or 40000 level) 6
General Electives 5
 Credit Hours14
Semester Eight
GEOL 23063
EARTH MATERIALS I
or GEOMORPHOLOGY
4
Anthropology Upper-Division Electives (ANTH 30000 or 40000 level) 6
General Electives 2
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Biological Anthropology Concentration

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
BSCI 10120 BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) 4
MATH 11022 TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Two
!ANTH 18210
INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (DIVG) (KSS)
or INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY (DIVG) (KSS)
3
MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Three
CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Foreign Language 4-5
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!ANTH 18630 HUMAN EVOLUTION (KBS) 3
CHEM 10061 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10063 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Foreign Language 4-5
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
ANTH 38480
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS (ELR) (WIC)
or QUANTITATIVE ANTHROPOLOGY
3
ANTH 48212
KINSHIP AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION (DIVG)
or POLITICS OF CULTURE (ELR) (WIC)
3
BSCI 30140 CELL BIOLOGY 4
General Electives 5
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
ANTH 38480
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS (ELR) (WIC)
or QUANTITATIVE ANTHROPOLOGY
3
BSCI 30156
ELEMENTS OF GENETICS
or EVOLUTION
3
Ancient Anthropology Elective 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
BSCI 30156
ELEMENTS OF GENETICS
or EVOLUTION
3
Anthropology Upper-Division Electives (ANTH 30000 or 40000 level) 9
General Electives 2
 Credit Hours14
Semester Eight
Human Anthropology Elective 3
Biology Elective 3-4
Anthropology Upper-Division Electives (ANTH 30000 or 40000 level) 6
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120