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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology Pathway Guide

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Preparation for Transfer as an Anthropology Major

The following sequences are suggested courses to take in your semesters prior to transferring to SMU as an anthropology major. For students attending a Texas public community college or university, Texas Common Course Numbers (TCCNS) are listed.  If you are transferring from a college or university outside of Texas, click on the SMU course for a course description which may be used to select/compare courses at your current institution.

UC listings refer to SMU’s University Curriculum, which all undergraduates are required to complete. Refer to the University Curriculum Transfer Guide for a list of courses satisfying UC components. Interactive equivalency guides organized by transfer institution are available on the Transfer and Transition Services’ website.

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B.S. in Anthropology

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Semester III

Semester IV

B.A. in Anthropology

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Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV


*The second language requirement may be satisfied by (1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, (2) placing out of four terms of a world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or (3) being literate in a native language other than English.

The Department of Anthropology

The Anthropology Department  at SMU prepares undergraduate students to meet the increasing demand for a scientifically trained and globally minded workforce. Students study human behavior and societies by adopting a cross-cultural perspective regarding the customs, cultures, languages, and social lives of different peoples around the world. Human populations of the prehistoric past, in places like Guatemala (Maya), Peru (Inca), and the American Southwest, are also studied. The study of the fossil record, forensics, and primates also provide clues about the origins and evolution of humans.

Why Anthropology?

First, the material is intellectually exciting: anthropology students enthusiastically complete their courses of study.

Second, anthropology prepares students for excellent jobs and opens doors to various career paths: the course of study provides global information and thinking skills critical to succeeding in the 21st century in business, research, teaching, advocacy, and public service.

Today’s anthropologists do not just work in exotic locations. They can be found in corporations, all levels of government, educational institutions, and non-profit associations. Anthropologists even work in disaster areas, including Ground Zero in New York and the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

Departmental Highlights

  • Internationally recognized faculty offer strong preparation for living and working in a rapidly globalizing world, and for understanding who we are and from where we have come.
  • Undergraduate students have opportunities to be involved in faculty research in diverse locales.
  • Faculty specialization in both archaeology and cultural anthropology; courses are also offered in physical anthropology and linguistics.
  • Strengths in the anthropological study of health/medicine, migration, gender, development, and globalization.
  • An archaeological field school at Fort Burgwin near Taos, New Mexico.
  • Courses cover virtually all the peoples of the world and address important contemporary global issues.
  • Opportunities for internships in diverse settings.
  • Student Anthropology Club and Lambda Alpha (National Honorary Society) organize programs for students.

Preparing for a Smooth Transfer

A seamless transfer to SMU and the Anthropology program requires planning. This guide is designed to assist you in planning your transition.  Taking the time to prepare for your move lays the best foundation for success. The following are a few important points to remember:

  • The second language requirement of the University Curriculum  may be satisfied by 1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, 2) placing out of four terms of world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or 3) being literate in a native language other than English.
  • SMU accepts AP scores of 4 or 5.
  • Work on the University Curriculum  prior to transfer is highly encouraged.
  • Compare Course Descriptions found in SMU’s University Catalog to course descriptions at your current institution to maximize your awarded transfer credits. 
  • For additional information on the Anthropology major, visit the Anthropology homepage or call 214-768-2684.
  • For more information about transferring to SMU, click here or call 214-768-3417.

SMU Degree

A degree from SMU is typically comprised of a minimum of 122 hours, 60 of which must be completed through SMU, 42 of which must be in courses at the 3000 and higher levels. Components of the degree include:

  • Courses in your major.
  • Courses required for the University Curriculum (UC) .
  • Elective courses.  These electives may also be used to add a second major or minor. 

The University Curriculum (UC)

The University Curriculum is required of all undergraduate students and consists of three main components: 

  1. Foundations - 6 hours of Discernment and Discourse courses, 3 hours of Quantitative Foundation courses, 2 hours of Personal Responsibility and Wellness courses, proficiency in a second language and 3 hours of a Ways of Knowing course (offered only at SMU)
  2. Breadth and Depth - 7 Breadth and 3 Depth courses which may double count with majors and minors
  3. Proficiencies and Experiences - 6 Proficiencies and Experiences requirements, met through Breadth and Depth coursework or approved, noncredit activities.

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