Degrees & Requirements

MA student collecting data, Brownsberg, Suriname.How Can Anthropology Help You?

The Department of Anthropology at Kent State University offers a variety of undergraduate programs to meet the needs of any student. By offering both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, as well as a minor in Anthropology, we make a degree in Anthropology an easy choice for pre-professional development. We also offer three LER’s, three writing intensive courses, and seven courses that meet University Diversity course standards. For advising, contact Dr. Richard Meindl, undergraduate coordinator.


Dr. Kam Manahan (left) and colleague on an archaeological field project in Yucatan.BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is a general and very flexible degree program in which students are required to take 4 specific Anthropology courses and 21 additional elective hours in Anthropology (at least 12 of which are upper division). ( Link to Undergraduate Catalog or Search Course Catalog ). The balance of hours are met with Liberal Education Requirements and College of Arts and Sciences requirements. The B.A. in Anthropology is recommended for any student who seeks to develop a general background in the discipline, which may be a mix of Archaeology, Cultural, and Biological Anthropology. Students are encouraged to take a minor in a related field (e.g. MCLS, History, English, Geography, Art History).

Undergraduate Catalog


Graduate student befriends a capuchin monkey in SurinameBACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.), with concentrations in Archaeology or Biological Anthropology, is recommended for students who wish to acquire in-depth training in one of these concentrations in Anthropology. This program is more structured than the B.A. and all students are required to take certain courses in Mathematics and Chemistry. Students also elect courses in Biology (evolutionary theory, comparative anatomy), Geology (paleontology), or Geography (mapping skills, GPS).

The core of the program is identical for both Biological Anthropology and Archaeology students. This rigorous course of study (72-74 hours in the major) provides students with methods and theory that will prepare them for graduate school and future careers in Archaeology or Biological Anthropology.

Undergraduate Catalog


MA student in archaeology washing pottery at a Neolithic archaeological site in Hungry.MINOR IN ANTHROPOLOGY

The newly revised minor in Anthropology (18 units beginning Fall, 2017) is recommended for any student wishing to increase his or her understanding of cultural and biological diversity. Students are required to take two of three intro courses in the Anthropology department (ANTH 18210, ANTH 18420, and ANTH 38630) and may choose from a variety of lower or upper division courses as electives (12 units). 

Undergraduate Catalog

Minor in Forensic Anthropology

Forensic anthropology is the application of biological anthropology in a medico-legal context. We use archaeology, genetics, and skeletal anaylses to (1) discover, recover, and identify human remains and (2) compare DNA profiles from evidence against those of suspected criminals. The Forensic Anthropology Minor is active begining Fall, 2017. Click here for Forensic Anthropology Minor requirements.


ANTH 18210 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 18420 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 18630 Human Evolution


ANTH 18210 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 18420 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 38240 Culture and Personality
ANTH 48212 Kinship and Social Organization
ANTH 48250 Culture and Curing
ANTH 48260 Culture Conflict
ANTH 48630 Pacific Island Cultures
ANTH 48830 Human Behavioral Ecology and Evolution


ANTH 48214 Politics of Culture
ANTH 48830 Human Behavioral Ecology and Evolution
ANTH 38480 Archaeological Analysis