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Anthropology: Sociocultural (BA)

Anthropology Bachelors BA

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Variable Credit Max


Major Academic Plan


Critical Thinking and Analysis

Learning Outcome

By learning to think anthropologically program graduates will be prepared to analyze and understand human activity sociality and thought. Graduates will be able to uncover and explain the real conditions and social contexts of human problems and social systems of organization including economy kinship law religion.


Effective Writing

Learning Outcome

Graduates will be able to write clearly and precisely.


Social Theory

Learning Outcome

Program graduates will understand and apply essential frameworks of contemporary social theory to comprehend the nature of human agency and action the relationship between actors and social structures the role of meaning in human cognition the relationship between people and things.


Research Skills and Methods

Learning Outcome

Graduates will gain experience with research methods used to gather process and interpret ethnographic data.


Original Mentored Research

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to apply their cultural methodological and theoretical knowledge in original research projects culminating in a high quality theoretically informed senior thesis. This will come from research experiences that are closely mentored by faculty.


Human Cultural History and Diversity

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to understand and interpret diverse social and cultural worlds through empirical research and empathetic engagement.

Program Requirements

Requirement 1 — Complete 5 Courses

course - Social/Cultural Anthropology 3.0

course - Intro to Archaeology 3.0

course - Introduction to the Major 0.5

course - Foundations of Social Theory 3.0

course - Foundations of Anthr Theory 3.0

Requirement 2 —Complete 9 hours

Peoples courses (NOTE: Only 6 hours may be taken in 390R courses or in Language Classes to count in the major. They may be taken as electives beyond this point):

course - The Hmong Diaspora 3.0

course - Andean South America 3.0

course - Peoples of Africa 3.0

course - Peoples of India 3.0

course - Peoples of the Middle East 3.0

course - Ethnonationalism and SE Asia 3.0

course - Chinese Culture & Society 3.0

course - Korean Culture 3.0

course - Anthropology of Mormonism 3.0

course - Spec Topics in Regional Anthro - You may take up to 9.0 credit hours 0.5v

course - First-Year Hmong 4.0

course - First-Year Hmong 4.0

course - Second-Year Hmong 4.0

course - Second-Year Hmong 4.0

course - First-Year Korean 1 4.0

course - First-Year Korean 2 4.0

course - Second-Year Korean 1 4.0

course - Second-Year Korean 2 4.0

Requirement 3 —Complete 12 hours

Systems/Institution courses:

Option 3.1 —Complete at least 9 hours up to 12 hours

course - Biological Anthropology 3.0

course - Language, Culture, & Society 3.0

course - Historical Anthropology 3.0

course - Visual Anthro 3.0

course - Moral & Ritual Institutions 3.0

course - Kinship & Gender 3.0

course - Economic & Political Institutns 3.0

course - Medical Anthropology 3.0

course - Symbolic Anthropology 3.0

course - Psychological Anthropology 3.0

course - The End of the World 3.0

course - Applied Anthropology 3.0

course - Anthropology Seminar 1.0

course - Special Topics - You may take up to 15.0 credit hours 0.5v

course - Academic Internship - You may take once 0.5v

course - Contemporary Theory 3.0

course - Ethnographic Data Analysis 3.0

course - Sociolinguistics 3.0

course - Anthropological Linguistics 3.0

course - Critical Issues in Psychology 3.0

Option 3.2 —Complete up to 3 hours

Up to 3 hours of the following Museum Studies courses may be used to complete the 12 hour requirement.

course - Museums & Cultures 3.0

course - Museum Registration & Ethics 3.0

course - Museum Collections Management 3.0

course - Museum Projects 3.0

course - Museums & Cultures 3.0

Requirement 4 —Complete 3 Requirements

Complete the following in sequential order:

Requirement 4.1 —Complete 1 Course

course - Ethnographic Research Design 3.0

Requirement 4.2 —Complete 6 hours

Note: The major requires that a field project be completed in one of the recognized field schools conducted by a member of the BYU faculty. A local field work option is available in exceptional circumstances and must be approved by the entire faculty.

course - Ethnographic Field Project - You may take up to 6.0 credit hours 3.0v

Requirement 4.3 —Complete 1 Course

course - Senior Thesis 3.0