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

Majors

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.

Course Requirements for the Anthropology Major

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 se-lected 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: Introduction to south 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.