B.A. in Anthropology Requirements

This is content from the Catalog 2019–2020 back issue. Please visit the current catalog for current information.

Group 1. General Education Foundation, Diversification, Structural, and Integrative Requirements in effect Fall 2018

Students may choose to graduate under the General Education Foundation, Diversification, Structural and Integrative requirements and graduation requirements in force at the time they entered the UH System, when they entered UH Hilo, or when they graduate, provided there is no break in enrollment.

Students should meet with their academic advisor to ensure that they enroll in courses that will enable them to meet these requirements as well as requirements for the major and for graduation. Some courses may meet both General Education requirements and major requirements.

The new GE foundations, diversification, structural and integrative requirements and lists of certified courses are posted on the General Education website.

Group 2. Major Requirements and Assigned Credits (36 credits)

  1. ANTH 150 Humankind Emerging (3)
  2. Introductory Courses (9 Credits), choose 3 of the below:
    • ANTH 205 Cultural Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 210 Archaeology (3)
    • ANTH 215 Human Evolution (3)
    • ANTH/LING 221 Intro to Language (3)
  3. ANTH 492 Dynamic World of Anthropology (3)
  4. An additional 21 credits of Anthropology courses, of which 12 or more must be at the 300- or 400-level, including:
    • ANTH 370 Hist of Anth Theory (3)
    • And one or more ANTH methods course from:
      • ANTH/AG 330 Peoples, Plants, and Culture (4)
      • ANTH 445 Ethnographic Field Tech (3)
      • ANTH 450 Physical Anth Lab (4)
      • ANTH 470 Museology (3)
      • ANTH 481 Archaeometry (3)
      • ANTH 482 Archaeological Research Meth (4–6)
      • ANTH 484 Stone Tool Analysis (3)
      • ANTH 485 Applied Anthropology (3)

Optional Track in Medical Anthropology

For students interested in obtaining the optional track in Medical Anthropology, the below requirements must be met.

  1. Medical Anthropology Track
    • ANTH 415 Medical Anth (3)
    • ANTH 463 Global Health in Evol Perspect (3)
    • And Two of the following:
      • ANTH 375 Human Biological Variation (3)
      • ANTH 450 Physical Anth Lab (4)
      • ANTH 485 Applied Anthropology (3)

Total Semester Hours Required For The B.A. in Anthropology

120 credits required.


  1. Students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in courses required for the major.
  2. Students may demonstrate proficiency at the 100-level in archaeology, physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics in place of taking the required introductory anthropology course. Consult an advisor for other courses that allow students to demonstrate proficiency in these areas.
  3. With the approval of the advisor, 6 semester hours of the required 21 additional hours of the major may be from other disciplines. Typically, this option is applied to transfer credits from anthropology-related programs (e.g. Indigenous Studies, Ethnic Studies). It is not applied typically to regularly-listed UH Hilo classes not already cross-listed.
  4. To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, students must fulfill the requirements for the major and meet all of the University’s other baccalaureate degree requirements. (Please see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in this Catalog.)
  5. At least 45 semester hours must be earned in courses at the 300- or 400-level.
  6. Students wishing to make timely progress toward graduation are urged to pay careful attention to all degree requirements.
  7. In addition, when planning a schedule of courses, it is imperative to be aware of course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered. This information is available in the course listings in this Catalog.
  8. To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are urged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.