Major

Dr. Suarez and Students in Bio Anthro Labs showing primate skeleton to students

Anthropology is an exciting and broadening choice as your major in Miami's liberal arts education.

All anthropology majors receive a broad introduction to the four subfields of anthropology:

  1. Physical or biological anthropology
  2. Archaeology
  3. Linguistic anthropology
  4. Sociocultural anthropology

The major requirements ensure that students are exposed to all four major areas but allow them the freedom explore their individual interests. Students are encouraged to work out an individual program of study with the departmental advisor.

Anthropology majors are together in many classes during their years at Miami and get to know each other well. Most classes are small enough to allow interaction between student and teacher on an individual basis.

Core Courses

Take all five of the following:

  • ATH 212: Intro to Archaeological Theory & Methods (4)
  • ATH 231: Foundations of Cultural Anthropology (4)
  • ATH 255: Foundations of Biological Anthropology (4)
  • ATH 265: Intro to Linguistic Anthropology (4)
  • ATH 421: Senior Seminar in Anthropology (3)

Cluster Requirements

At least one course must be taken in at least three of the following clusters. A selected course may not be used in more than one cluster. At least three courses must comes from any one cluster. One course from the cluster requirements must be a designated Practicum course. To meet the 36 credit hour total for the Anthropology Major, additional courses may be chosen from any of the clusters. Students may petition to the CDA to have particular variable topic courses apply to a particular cluster depending on the course emphases of the teaching faculty member.

Cluster 1: Engaging the Other

  • 235: Imagining & Encountering the Anthropological Other
  • 254: Introduction to Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • 301: Intercultural Relations
  • 303: Native American Cultures
  • 304: Native North America: Anthropological Perspectives
  • 305: Latin America: Anthropological Perspectives
  • 306: Russia and Eurasia: Anthropological Perspectives
  • 307: The Middle East: Anthropological Perspectives
  • 308: Southeast Asia: Anthropological Perspectives
  • 329: Religions of Africa
  • 335: Multiculturalism in Europe: Anthropological Perspectives
  • 358: Travelers, Migrants, and Refugees (G)
  • 364: Language and Culture in Native North America
  • 366: African Oral Traditions
  • 411/511: Applied Anthropology
  • 425: Ethnographic Field Methods
  • 426/526: Ethnographic Field Research (MPC)
  • 484: Beyond the Field Experience

Cluster 2: Ethnography and Culture

  • 301: Intercultural Relations
  • 325: Identity: Race, Gender, Class
  • 329: Religions of Africa
  • 331: Social Anthropology
  • 335: Multiculturalism in Europe
  • 361: Language & Power
  • 345: Global Media, Ethnography, and Film (G)
  • 358: Travelers, Migrants, and Refugees (G)
  • 368: Key Questions in Psychological Anthropology
  • 384: Anthropology of Capitalism in Russia
  • 403/503: Anthropology of Religion
  • 405: Food, Taste, and Desire (G)
  • 411/511: Applied Anthropology
  • 425: Ethnographic Field Methods
  • 426/526: Ethnographic Field Research (MPC)
  • 428/528: Anthropology of Women’s Health
  • 434: Anthropology of Democracy and Citizenship

Cluster 3: The Encultured Body

  • 325: Identity: Race, Gender, Class
  • 348: Intro to Medical Anthropology
  • 368: Key Questions in Psychological Anthropology
  • 378: Doctors, Clinics, and Epidemics
  • 428/528: Anthropology of Women’s Health
  • 448: Developing Solutions in Global Health
  • 497/597: Socio-Ecology of Primates
  • 498/598: Evolution of Human Behavior (MPC)

Cluster 4: Material Worlds

  • 351: Archaeological Field Methods
  • 388: Culture, Art, and Artifacts
  • 405/505: Food, Taste, and Desire (G)
  • 409: Sustainability in Europe
  • 415: Caribbean Archaeology Field & Lab Methods
  • 416: Archaeological Site Analysis
  • 471/571: Ecological Anthropology

Cluster 5: Pathways to the Past

  • 312: Introduction to North American Archaeology
  • 313: Latin American Archaeology
  • 314: Old World Archaeology
  • 351: Archaeological Field Methods
  • 355: Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution
  • 388: Culture, Arts, and Artifacts
  • 414: Caribbean Archaeology
  • 416: Archaeological Site Analysis
  • 431/531: Origins of State
  • 496/596: Observing Primate Behavior

Cluster 6: Language, Communication, and Culture

  • 219: Introduction to Linguistics (MPS)
  • 345: Global Media, Ethnography, and Film (G)
  • 361: Language & Power
  • 364: Language and Culture in Native North America
  • 366: African Oral Traditions
  • 378: Doctors, Clinics, and Epidemics
  • 465/565: Ethnography of Communication


Cluster 7: Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior

  • 348: Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • 355: Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution
  • 395: Primate Biology and Behavior
  • 403/503: Anthropology of Religion
  • 431/531: Origins of State
  • 471/571: Ecological Anthropology
  • 496: Observing Primate Behavior
  • 497/597: Socio-Ecology of Primates
  • 498/598: Evolution of Human Behavior (MPC)

Practicum Courses

  • 351: Archaeological Field Methods
  • 415: Caribbean Archaeology: Field and Laboratory
  • 416: Archaeological Site Analysis
  • 425: Ethnographic Field Methods
  • 426/526: Ethnographic Field Research (MPC)
  • 448: Developing Solutions in Global Health
  • 496: Observing Primate Behavior

NOTE: Variable topic, Honors, and Independent Study Courses will be placed in the appropriate clusters based on content.

  • ATH 177, 277, 377, 477: Independent Study (1-5 credits)
  • ATH 340: Internship (1-20)
  • ATH 390: Horizons of Anthropology (1-6)
  • ATH 480: Independent Reading for Departmental Honors
  • ATH 491: Anthropology Practicum (1-4; maximum 8)

Other Requirements and Restrictions

No more than 6 hours in variable content courses (i.e. ATH 377, ATH 390, ATH 477, ATH 480, ATH 491) may count toward the 36 hour requirement. Variable content courses will be allocated to the appropriate cluster , topic dependent. Students may count one introductory course (ATH 135 [G], ATH 145 [G], ATH 155 [G], ATH 175 [G], or ATH 185 [G]) as an elective toward the major.