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BA in Anthropology

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology program offers students the opportunity to examine the development of human culture and society and the history of human civilization. Get more detailed information about this online BA program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Past courses in history and social studies might prove beneficial to prospective students of this BA in Anthropology degree program. A strong interest in human history and above-average critical thinking and organizational skills might be helpful as well. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The study of culture, biological evolution, and archaeological concepts are at the heart of Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology program. In major coursework, students could expect to learn about concepts of cultural anthropology, such as social organization; techniques for examining artifacts and reconstructing historical social, religious, and economic practices; the role of anthropology in today's world; human evolution theory; and concepts in biology, genetics, and geology. Other courses in the curriculum might address world religions and geography, earth systems, social science research methodologies, and ethics and morality in all fields of anthropology. An integrative capstone provides students with the chance to demonstrate their full understanding of all anthropological and archaeological concepts and methods discussed throughout the program.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Southern New Hampshire University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology:

Students of the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology program must complete 24 credits in the major area of study, nine credits in arts and sciences coursework, and 42 general education credits. The remaining 45 credits are taken in free and major electives. A total of 12 credits in one of two areas of concentration can be taken in place of the major electives. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Southern New Hampshire University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (42 credits)

  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Introduction to Statistical Analysis
    • Applied Statistics
  • Perspectives in Liberal Arts
  • Success Strategies for Online Learning
  • Perspectives in the Humanities
  • Applied Humanities
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Perspectives in the Natural Sciences
  • Applied Natural Sciences
  • World Civilizations: Prehistory-150
  • Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Diversity
    • Global Society
    • Wellness
    • Technology and Society
    • Popular Culture

Arts and Sciences Courses (9 credits)

  • World Geography
  • Religions of the World
  • Earth System Science

Anthropology Major Courses (24 credits)

  • The Human Experience: Introduction to Anthropology
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Discovering the Past: Foundations in Archaeology
  • Human Origins and Evolution: Biological Anthropology
  • Anthropology in the Contemporary World
  • Who Owns Culture? Ethics in Anthropology
  • Capstone in Anthropology
    • Research Literacy in Social Sciences

Concentration or Major Elective Courses (12 credits)

  • Students take four courses in the Environmental Sustainability or Geospatial Technologies area of concentration or four elective courses taken from BIO, ENV, PAD, POL, PSY, or SOC

Free Electives (33 credits)

Students choose eleven free elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Those who wish to teach at the collegiate level or advance to upper managerial positions might pursue a master's degree once they earn the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Southern New Hampshire University. A graduate degree program might delve further into theories and theorists, linguistics, and lab studies.

Master's degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Arts in Anthropology
  • Master of Arts in Archaeology
  • Master of Arts in Sociology and Social Anthropology

Career Paths:

Once they have completed all requirements of the BA in Anthropology program, graduates might be prepared to apply their knowledge to entry-level or managerial positions for government agencies, educational institutions, historical societies, interest groups, advocacy groups, museums, libraries, or nonprofit organizations. They might oversee conservation programs, assist in immigration or urban planning policy development, maintain historical records, or manage library programs.

Job titles that graduates might assume include:

  • Historic preservationist
  • Cultural resource manager
  • Human rights advocate
  • Case manager
  • Community program manager

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