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Anthropology is from the Greek anthropos (human) + logia (study). It is the science that studies human variation from its beginnings millions of years ago to the present day. To an anthropologist, diversity itself – seen in body shapes and sizes, blood types, different kinds of languages, customs, clothing, religion and ideas about the world – provides a frame of reference for understanding any single aspect of life.

Archaeologists study the things humans created, used, and left behind to understand ancient societies and how they lived.

Biological anthropologists study our species and its close relatives, tracing their biological origins, development and genetic diversity to understand human evolutionary history.

Cultural anthropologists seek to describe how societies and their institutions are constituted to explain differences among them.


Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s), Research


4 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus

Freshman Class Profile for this Major

3.044 - 3.660 (4 pt. scale)
21.0 - 26.0
980 - 1180


McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


481 Braunstein Hall
PO Box 210380
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0380
Heather Norton
Phone: 513-556-2772

Student Success Factors

While each branch of anthropology carries its own special techniques and required skill sets, certain attributes common to all will help a student succeed:

  • open-mindedness and willingness to understand how other social and cultural systems work
  • intellectual curiosity about human similarities and differences
  • desire to find out how things actually are vs. how someone thinks they "should be"
  • analytic ability and, for some branches, some quantitative and statistical skills
  • verbal facility: ability to read carefully and write clearly and concisely
  • desire to cultivate a disciplined imagination

Career Possibilities

Graduates of the anthropology program receive broad training that enables them to pursue a wide range of exciting career options. This training includes courses in cultural and biological anthropology and archaeology, as well as numerous field and lab methods. Graduates may work in research, teaching, or administration, in industry, government, non-governmental organizations and many other private and public institutions. Below are just a few examples of the range of jobs that anthropology graduates carry out:



For more information about anthropology and its career options, you can browse the following websites:


American Anthropological Association

American Association of Museums

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

American Cultural Resources Association

American Society of Primatologists

Archaeological Institute of America

Central States Anthropological Society

Midwest Archaeological Conference

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

National Association of Student Anthropologists

Paleoanthropology Society

Register of Professional Archaeologists

Society for American Archaeology

Society for Applied Anthropology

The Archaeology and CRM Professionals Resource

The Leakey Foundation

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

Anthropology majors take courses distributed among cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology and linguistics. The first two years are usually spent developing a breadth of knowledge and skills, meeting the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) requirements and, of course, beginning the study of anthropology. The model schedule of minimum requirements is only a guide for planning and cannot be followed precisely by transfer, part-time, advanced placement or other students who depart from a four-year program.

The UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences offers flexible degree requirements that allow for and highly encourage students to pursue multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.


  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Classics and classical civilization
  • Environmental studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Heritage studies certificate
  • History
  • Historic preservation certificate
  • Latin American studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Women's, gender, and sexuality studies

Experiential Learning
Experiential learning is a large part of the anthropology undergraduate major. Students are strongly encouraged to conduct research and take unique courses such as this archaeology field course held at Shawnee Lookout.
Watch the YouTube video.

Minor Details

The Department of Anthropology offers a minor for undergraduates enrolled in any college of the university.

Students must complete a minimum of 20 hours as follows:

  • Cultural Anthropology, ANTH 1001, 3 hours
  • Introduction to Archaeology, ANTH 1005, 3 hours
  • Biological Anthropology, ANTH1003, 3 hours
  • Elective Coursework: ANTH 2000-level or above, 8 hours
  • Advanced Elective Course: ANTH 3000-level or above, 3 hours



These tools assist students to identify course requirements and individual progress toward completion of academic programs. It is important to utilize these resources with personalized guidance from a UC academic advisor regularly to ensure timely graduation..

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My Transfer Course Equivalencies - for students considering transfer to UC

UC Schedule of Classes - search course availability and descriptions

Curriculum Guide Versions:

Anthropology Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • ANTH1001, Cultural Anthropology, DC, SS, 3
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, 5
    • ANTH1003, Biological Anthropology, NS, SS, 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • ANTH1007, Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology, DC, SS, 3
    • ANTH1005, Introduction to Archaeology, HP, SS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, 5
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar Course (if admitted freshman year), 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective Courses, 6
    Spring (Year 2)
    • ANTHxxxx, Major Electives -- 2000 or above, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, HU, FA, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective Course, 3
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • XXXXxxxx, Major Electives - 2000 or above, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) Course , HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives or Minor Related Courses, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science Course (SS)- must be from discipline other thatn ANTH, SS, 3
    Spring (Year 3)
    • ANTHxxxx, Midcollegiate Methods Course -see grouping below, 3 - 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives or Minor Related Courses, 9
    • HISTxxxx, HIST course, HP, 3
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • ANTHxxxx, Major Advanced Course -- 4000 or above, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses, 12
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course: may double count, SE, TI, 0 - 3
    Spring (Year 4)
    • ANTHxxxx, Capstone - choose one from grouping below, 4
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective or Minor Related Courses, 10
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Midcollegiate methods Course
    • ANTH3043C, Human Osteology, 4
    • ANTH4019, Formation Processes of the Archaeological Record, 3
    • ANTH4020, Principles of Archaeological Analysis, 3
    • ANTH4022, Archaeobotany and Ethnobotany, 3
    • ANTH4036, Field Research: European Archaeology, 3 - 6
    • ANTH4037, Field Research in Southwest Archaeology, 3 - 6
    • ANTH4038, Field Research in Mesoamerica Archaeology, 3 - 6
    • ANTH4039, Surviving Climate Change: Field Research in Midwest Archaeology , 3 - 6
    • ANTH4059, Human Adaptation, 3
    • ANTH4061, Quantitative Ethnography, 3
    • ANTH5047, Primate Locomotion, 4
    • ANTH6051, Lab Methods in Human Movement, 4
    • ANTH6071, Ethnographic Methods, 4
    Electives within major
    • ANTH2xxx, 2000 level course(s) or above, 15
    Advanced coursework
    • ANTH4xxx, 4000 level course(s) or above, 3
    Capstone theory course
    • ANTH6025, Archaeological Theory, 4
    • ANTH6049, Evolutionary Theory, 4
    • ANTH6080, History and Theory of Anthropology, 4
    • ANTH6085, Contemporary Anthropological Theory, 4

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

It is possible to complete the BA in anthropology in three years, utilizing summer terms and advanced standing credit options.  Click here for a three-year plan.

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

Majors get a solid grounding in all four branches of anthropology from an accessible faculty actively practicing, or "professing," their fields. There are opportunities to become involved in faculty research and fieldwork, and the program stresses training and practice in learning to think like an anthropologist - a skill highly transferable into fields that reward careful thinking and respect for data (law, medicine, investigation, etc.).


A capstone activity or experience is required by the university general education program. Anthropology majors choose from among four capstone theory courses. It is important to check with the department when planning the senior year.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.


Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has 2.0 GPA cum and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.0 GPA cum and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:


  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).


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