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Anthropology is the study of modern humans, their ancestors, and closest relatives (non-human primates). Biological anthropologists study the evolution of humans and other primates and modern human populations. Archaeologists trace the evolution of culture over the past three million years, analyzing ancient environments and modern material culture. Linguistic anthropologists are interested in the relationships between language, culture, society, and the individual. Cultural anthropologists look at relations between culture and the environment, family and society, gender, urbanization, and politics and history. After completing introductory course work, students may continue to study all four areas or focus on a sub-discipline.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus
  • UA Pima
  • UA Sierra Vista
  • UA South Yuma

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
MATH 105 Mathematics in Modern Society or PHIL 110 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
ANTH Core I* 3
ANTH Core I* 3
Tier I General Education 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
ANTH Core I* 3
ANTH Core II** 3
Tier II General Education 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Elective 3
5th Semester
ANTH Elective 3
ANTH Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
ANTH Elective 3
ANTH Writing Emphasis Course 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
ANTH Elective 3
ANTH Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
ANTH Elective 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of culture, human behavior, history, politics, and language gained from a major in Anthropology forms a solid and versatile career foundation. Graduates in Anthropology might work in research, education, outreach, international relations, social services, human resources, or planning and development. This major is also excellent preparation for law and medical school and graduate studies in anthropology, sociology, and public health.Anthropology, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Following are career possibilities that may most closely relate to this major. Many of the career areas and job titles below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Research
  • Human rights advocacy
  • Education
  • Historical preservation
  • Social services
  • International relations
  • Human resources
  • Forensics
  • Planning and development

Sample Employers

  • Museums
  • Cultural centers
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • International aid organization
  • Government agencies
  • Shelters
  • Housing agencies
  • Schools

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Anthropologist $31,300 - $54,200
Forensic Anthropologist $29,000 - $109,000
Museum Conservator $20,010 - $66,050
Human Rights Advocate $18,000 - $85,000
Ethnoscientist $33,950 - $55,000
Museum Technician $20,600 - $36,160
Travel Agent $18,770 - $30,570
Tour Guide $15,470 - $23,270
International Aid Worker $25,000 - $40,000
Child Protective Services Case Worker $24,000 - $59,000
Anthropology Instructor, Postsecondary $41,300 - $73,600
Grant Coordinator $36,143 - $43,271
Museum Education Director $18,000 - $45,790
Human Resources Specialist $29,100 - $52,700
Volunteer Director $25,000 - $85,000