The Anthropology Department is committed to high quality instruction, research, and service activities that are exemplary contributions to the Vision and Mission of the University of West Georgia. The Anthropology Department embraces academic freedom in the conduct of its faculty, as well as the philosophy and objectives of liberal arts education through its contributions to general education and the core curriculum. The Department aims to provide its undergraduate anthropology majors with a comprehensive introduction to anthropological knowledge through classroom instruction, experiential learning, and directed research opportunities. We also strive to enhance student life by providing extra curriculum learning experiences. We are committed to providing learning skills necessary for continued success in academic and workplace environments, as well as for personal and civic enrichment. The Anthropology faculty is committed to instructional excellence, continuing professional development, scholarly contributions to their areas of professional expertise, and service to the institution and civic community.
Anthropology is a classic example of an undergraduate liberal arts major, combining fascinating coursework and practical career training in one academic package. The University of West Georgia offers a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology. Anthropology students are encouraged to see the world holistically, as the sum of its biological, social, and cultural parts. Holism – an eye toward the all-encompassing “Big Picture” –is what distinguishes anthropology from more technical and specialized fields that view the world through much narrower lens.
Method of Delivery
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 120
This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.
Core Areas A through E: 42 Hours
Core Area F, Major Specific Courses: 18 Hours
- ANTH 1102 - Introduction to Anthropology 3
- ANTH 1105 - Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
- ANTH 2001 - Introduction to Archaeology 3
- ANTH 2002 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
Choose one or two from the following list: 3 to 6 Hours
- ANTH 2004 - Statistical Methods Anthropolo 3
- ECON 2105 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3
- ECON 2106 - Principles of Microeconomics 3
- GEOG 2553 - Introduction to GIS and Mapping Sciences 3
- MATH 1001 - Quantitative Skills and Reasoning 3
- MATH 2063 - Introductory Statistics 3
- PSYC 2003 - Statistics in Psychology 3
- POLS 2601 - Political Science Methods I 3
- 1000 or 2000-level courses from FILM, FORL, FREN, GRMN, PHIL, SPAN.
- ART 1201 - Introduction to Art 3
- ART 2201 - History of Western Art I 3
- GEOG 1013 - World Geography 3
- ENGL 2110 - World Literature 3
- ENGL 2190 - Studies in Literature by Women 3
- ENGL 2180 - Studies in African-American Literature 3
- HIST 1111 - Survey of World History/Civilization I 3
- HIST 1112 - Survey of World History/Civilization II 3
- SOCI 2203 - Introduction to Women's Studies 3
- THEA 2214 - Concepts in Theatre Design 3
- XIDS 2100 - Arts and Ideas: Special Topics 3
A four-subfield introduction to the analysis and explanation of cultural similarities and differences. Discoveries, theories, problems, and debates on issues of fundamental importance to the understanding of human nature, society, and behavior through the study of cultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology.
An examination of humans from biological and evolutionary perspectives. Topics of survey and analysis include systems of human and non-human inheritance and evolution, primatology, origins, variation and adaptation, forensic anthropology, and interactions between biology and culture.
Survey of Archaeology as a subfield of Anthropology. Content includes basic theoretical concepts, analytic methods, and interpretive models of scientific archaeology. Specific concerns include reconstruction of cultural systems and their adaptive patterns through recovery and analysis of material remains.
A broad ethnographic introduction to the customs and behaviors of people in several cultures. This class will examine a diverse range of contemporary cultures and explore different social structures, belief systems, and adaptations through exemplary case studies in the subfield of Cultural Anthropology.
Anthropological Thought: 3 Hours
- ANTH 4100 - History of Anthropological Thought 3
- ANTH 4173 - Language and Culture 3
- ANTH 4184 - Anthropology Capstone 1
A survey of major conceptual and theoretical developments in anthropology from the early nineteenth century to the present.
Students translate their cumulative knowledge in anthropology to analyze current human challenges and to examine anthropology as a gateway to professional careers. It includes a project that enables them to reflect on what they learned and apply it to a broader context.
Archaeology: 3 Hours
- ANTH 4181 - Cultural Resources Management 3
- ANTH 4201 - Artifact Analysis 3
- ANTH 4202 - Rise and Fall of Ancient Civilizations 3
- ANTH 4204 - Ice Age Peoples of North America 3
- ANTH 3110 - Human Osteology 3
- ANTH 4125 - Forensic Anthropology 3
- ANTH 4150 - Human Evolution 3
- ANTH 4165 - Primatology 3
- ANTH 3170 - Religion in America: The Shakers and Other Utopian Societies 3
- ANTH 3186 - Anthropology of Gender 3
- ANTH 4130 - Medical Anthropology 3
- ANTH 4132 - Human Life Cycle in Cross-Cultural Perspective 3
- ANTH 4134 - Animals and Culture 3
- ANTH 4144 - Peoples and Cultures of Latin America 3
- ANTH 4155 - Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa 3
- ANTH 4170 - Myth, Magic and Religion 3
- ANTH 3188 - Ethnographic Field Methods 4
- ANTH 3250 - Field Methods in Physical Anthropology 4
- ANTH 4102 - Archaeological Field Research 4
- Numbered 3000 or higher
- (10 of these hours must be at or above the 3000 level): 28 Hours
- ANTH 4186 - Internship 1.0 - 6.0
- ANTH 4881 - Independent Study 1.0 - 4.0
- ANTH 4900 - Directed Reading 1.0 - 3.0
This course will introduce students to the basics of skeletal biology and learn how to accurately identify the elements of the human skeleton. It will include the major landmarks of each skeletal element with an aim to understanding the functional morphology of bones in an individual and as an anatomical system.
This hands-on religion course will focus on the practice of religion in historical and contemporary Utopian societies in the U.S. By examining the development and legacy of one of America’s most quintessential religious communities, the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing (known as the Shakers), students will gain a wide range of skills and opportunities to explore diverse approaches to religion, theory, and methodology in anthropology. We will also examine other Utopian religious societies as comparative examples. There will be a class travel component and additional Course Fees associated with this course during most semesters.
The focus of this course is on the relationship between cultural behavior and environmental phenomena. Local, regional, and global case studies will be used in examining the political and cultural ecology of resource use, adaptation, and degradation. Possible topics include environmental justice, deforestation, and conservation, industrial waste, and watershed management.
This course examines various theories of gender development and the positions of women and men cross-culturally.
This course will investigate and evaluate qualitative analysis in ethnographic field research. The course is participation intensive and will involve research in an actual field project.
In this practical Course, students will learn and apply basic lab and field methods in Physical Anthropology. We will explore techniques used in osteology, forensics, bioarchaeology, primatology, and paleoanthropology through hands on activities, guided research, presentation, and written reports.
Direct participation in all aspects of an archaeological excavation project. Instruction in research design, excavation techniques, recording procedures, data analyses, and field interpretation.
A survey of the pre-Columbian cultural development of North America north of Mexico.
This course will include a detailed study of the human skeleton. Primary focus will be on the methods used to identify human remains within a legal context. Responsibilities and ethics of a forensic anthropologist will be discussed.
This course provides a general introduction to concepts in medical anthropology, considering health, illness and healing from a biocultural standpoint. Topics covered include cross-cultural understandings of mental and physical health issues, global perspectives on health, and careers in medical anthropology.
A cross-cultural study of the social and cultural meanings of human experience through such phases as birth and death; adolescence; adulthood; and old age.
The relationship between humans and animals is complex, multidimensional and historically derived. This course will examine primary theories related to ecology and symbolism and identify the historical and contemporary role of animals in human society.
An ethnohistorical and ethnographic perspective of indigenous peoples of Latin America (including Central America; South America, and the Caribbean), with an emphasis on the Inca State and contemporary Andean people.
This course focuses on the evolution of humans and our nearest relatives using evidence from fossil record and genetic analysis. It places special importance on human origins while addressing modern and future human variability from perspectives both ethical and philosophical.
Study of selected African cultures with emphasis on social organization, belief systems, history, and politics.
Study of living prosimians, monkeys, and apes, including social organization, feeding and ranging, community ecology, and conservation. Readings will focus on field studies of natural populations.
A comparative and cross-cultural approach to religious systems and theories on the anthropology of religion.
An examination of the history of the field of cultural resource management including major federal and state laws that govern the preservation of cultural resources. Attention will be given to archeological, historical, and architectural applications.
Practical experience with a public or private agency directly related to a field of anthropology.
This course is a hands-on introduction to interpreting artifacts from archaeological sites that focuses on the analysis of flaked stone tools, prehistoric ceramics, shell, bone, and perishables artifacts, and historic artifacts.
This course explores the timing and diversity in the rise and fall of great civilizations around the world.
Title and description of the type of independent study to be offered will be specified on the variable credit form at time of registration. May be repeated for up to 10 hours for credit.
Directed examination of a topic not normally offered by the program. Students must propose a detailed plan of reading stating precise learning objectives and secure the written consent of a supervising instructor before registration.
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Admission Process Checklist
- Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
- Review important deadlines:
- Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
- Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
- Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
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- Complete online application
Undergraduate Admissions Guide
Undergraduate International Application
- Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
- Submit official documents
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University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
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Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.
Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School
Students completing the B.S. degree with a major in Anthropology should be able:
- to demonstrate a broad base of anthropological knowledge;
- to analyze cultural and human biological diversity through time and space;
- to analyze anthropological topics through oral and written communication; and
- to collect and assess data using anthropological methods