BA in Anthropology

A major in Anthropology equips students to explore the wide variety of social experience, offering conceptual tools as well as real-life research experience that can help to make sense of a volatile and vibrant world. The discipline encompasses culture, biology, archeology, and language, drawing on a suite of tools that range from participant-observation to laboratory analysis as we investigate topics like gender, race, capitalism, colonialism, ritual, health, technology, human rights, and even the life-worlds of non-human primates, our close relatives. Our graduates have taken their integrative abilities into fields as diverse as medicine, education, politics, media, activism, market research, and the arts.

Areas of Focus

Program Requirements and Policies 

  • For the BA in Anthropology, a total of eleven courses are required for the new requirements and ten courses are required for the old requirements. 
  • We recommend taking the theory course (Anthropology 130) in the junior year and the ethnographic methods course (Anthropology 161) prior to the senior year.
  • The department encourages majors to explore the possibility of undertaking an internship (Anthropology 99) or independent study (Anthropology 191-199).
  • A minimum of 50% of courses counted toward the anthropology major must be completed at the Tufts University home campus or in Tufts University sponsored programs abroad.
  • A maximum of two courses cross-listed in other Tufts departments may be counted toward the anthropology major.
  • Students must achieve a grade of C- or better for a course to count for credit toward the major.

New Course Requirements

Eleven (11) courses, including:

  • One gateway (introductory level) sociocultural anthropology course (Anthropology 10-39)
  • One gateway biological anthropology or archaeology course (Anthropology 40-59)
  • Anthropology 130: Anthropological Thought
  • Anthropology 161: Fieldwork Lab
  • And seven additional anthropology courses, at least one of which must be a "critical geographies" course (course adopting a regional focus), and two of which must be upper-level seminars (Anthropology 162-189).

Old Course Requirements

Ten (10) courses, including:

  • One Gateway (introductory level) sociocultural anthropology course (Anthropology 5-39 excluding Anth 5 Science and the Human Experience)
  • One Gateway biological anthropology or archaeology course (Anthropology 40-59)
  • Anthropology 130: Anthropological Thought
  • Seven additional anthropology courses, at least one of which must be an area-focused course numbered below 160 (a Gateway or mid-level), and two of which must be upper-level seminars (Anthropology 160-189).