Anthropology Courses


General Education Courses

  • ANTH 116 Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 353 Biculturalism
  • ANTH 354 Culture in the Contemporary World

Full listing of Anthropology courses in the College catalog.


Anthropology Major (2014-2015 Catalog)

Required Core Courses (20 hours)

  • Anth 116 Intro to Anthropology
  • Anth 376 Culture Theory
  • Anth 482 Ethnographic Theory & Method
  • Anth 494 Senior Capstone
  • Soc 383 Statistics     

Anthropology Electives

In addition to the 20 credits required in the core, anthropology majors will choose another 16 credits in Anthropology, at least 4 of which must be at the 400 level. Students may take up to four (4) credits of SOC, at the 300 level or higher towards their Anthropology elective total. In addition to the regular courses listed below, the Anthropology department frequently offers experimental courses, which are listed in the course schedule.

Choose from:

  • ANTH 261    Stiumlants & Culture
  • ANTH 262    Latin American Borders and Frontiers
  • ANTH 282    Culture, Travel, and Tourism
  • ANTH 324    Anth of Global Christianity
  • ANTH 341    Consumption and Material Culture
  • ANTH 353    Biculturalism
  • ANTH 354    Culture in the Contemporary World
  • ANTH 361    Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 362    Globalization
  • ANTH 363    Anthropology of Energy
  • ANTH 381    Politics of Veiling in the Modern Middle East
  • ANTH 383x  Cities in the Global South
  • ANTH 385x  Field Research Methods (HNGR only)
  • ANTH 393x  Placemaking in Urban Context
  • ANTH 421    Images of the Middle East & the Western World
  • ANTH 435    Power & Gender in SE Asia
  • ANTH 478    Anthropology Through Film
  • ANTH 495    Independent Study
  • ANTH 496    Internship in Anthropology

 In addition to the 36 credits in the department, students completing an anthropology major must include:

Archaeology (4 credits)

As one of the traditional four subfields of anthropology, majors should have some exposure to archaeological theory or method.  To meet this requirement students may take 4 credits from the following ARCH courses at Wheaton College: ARCH 211, 213, 317, 325, 326, 345, 366, 411, 412.  This requirement may also be satisfied by transfer credit upon departmental approval.

Human Origins/Evolutionary Theory (2 or 4 credits)

Human origins is a significant area of physical anthropology and a topic with which a Wheaton anthropology major should have some exposure/familiarity.  Toward that end anthropology majors need to take one course covering some aspect of origins and/or evolutionary theory to complete the major.  The preferred course is SCI 311.  Students seeking to satisfy this requirement through other courses or transfer credit should seek departmental approval.

Study Abroad/Cultural Immersion Experience

As part of the anthropology major requirements, students will be required to satisfy a field experience requirement involving immersion in a unfamiliar cultural context and/or significant use of anthropological methods and knowledge in a new social/cultural context.  Students may use Wheaton (e.g. HNGR, Wheaton-in-Chicago) or non-Wheaton programs to satisfy the requirement, but all programs must be pre-approved by the department to be considered as meeting the requirement.  A maximum of 8 credits earned through such an experience may be applied towards the major elective requirements.  Core requirements (with the exception of ANTH 116) may not be satisfied through the study abroad credit. Summer study travel programs typicall will not satisfy this requirement for cultural immersion.

Foreign Language (4 credits)

The foreign language requirement in anthropology may be satisfied through one of the following:

4 credits of a modern language offered at Wheaton beyond 201.
4 credits (or its equivalent) of a modern language not offered at Wheaton, taken as a part of a study-abroad program.

NOTE: This requirement will be considered satisfied for those students with demonstrated advanced proficiency in a modern language other than English acquired through previous study or life experience, or those for whom English is a second language. Competency is not sufficient to meet this requirement for anthropology.

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