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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Anthropology (B.A.)

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Program: B.A
Department of Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences

Kettler Hall G11A ~ 260-481-6272 ~ ipfw.edu/anthropology

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

  • Achieve familiarity with different cultures in at least two regions of the world
  • Know the major anthropological approaches to understanding the human condition
  • Be able to explain societies in a holistic manner
  • Achieve competency in writing
  • Demonstrate critical thinking
  • Acquire quantitative skills for analysis
  • Demonstrate a willingness to engage learning and scholarship as a life-long endeavor

Courses in anthropology provide an understanding of the nature of cultures and help you assess various explanations of human behavior; they also assist in the development of analytical and critical abilities. The curriculum is structured to include studies in the history and theory of anthropology, in four anthropological fields (ethnology, archeology, bioanthropology, and linguistics), in at least two different world ethnographic areas, and in topical specializations. The program helps you prepare for graduate study, for teaching, and for careers in which the understanding of various cultures is an asset.

Although a minor is not required for the B.A. with a major in anthropology, an outside concentration is recommended. Fifteen credits in history, political science, psychology, or sociology support the concentration.

To earn the B.A. with a major in anthropology, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ) and the College of Arts and Sciences (see Part 4 ), and satisfactorily complete the following requirements:

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 33

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

A grade of C- or better is required in each course used to satisfy the IPFW general education requirements.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements Credits: 32

English Writing and Speaking

  • See Arts and Sciences Part A for Speaking requirement 

Foreign Language

  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part B Credits: 14


  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part C Credits: 9

Cultural Studies

  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part D Credits: 6

Core and Concentration (Major) Courses Credits: 30

  • Additional credits in anthropology courses, including two courses selected from Group A courses and two courses selected from Group B courses, below Credits: 15
  • Any statistics course above STAT 12500, which could include POLS Y395, PSY 20100, SOC S351, or an equivalent course approved by the department.

Group B Topics in Anthropology Credits: 6

General Elective Courses

  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.

Total Credits: 120

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