Facts, Answers, and Questions

ANT Program Changes - Fall 2016


  • What are the new course offerings?

Anthropology is offering several new courses, most of them at the 400 level (420 and higher require junior standing). The new courses include:


ANT 305—Methods in Biological Anthropology: Overview of research methods used in biological anthropology, emphasizing living humans. It includes a discussion of current theoretical arguments within the field of physical anthropology and the techniques used to examine them. The course will introduce students to the process of research design, data analysis, and interpretation. 


ANT 400 – Ethnographic Methods: This course offers students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the ethnographic method of data collection used by anthropologists, with a special hands-on/experiential component. The course is a requirement for students pursuing the Certificate in Applied Anthropology, and can be taken to meet elective requirements for majors and minors.

ANT 420 – Applied Anthropology: This course is being offered due to the increasing demand in the work place for applied/engaged anthropologists. The course is a requirement for students pursuing the Certificate in Applied Anthropology, and can be taken to meet elective requirements for majors and minors.

ANT 421 – Anthropology of Social Movements: This course overviews a wide range of processes and practices related to social movements, and anthropology's central role in expanding the definition of collective resistance beyond the scope of formalized protest (and strategic outcomes) to include and examine everyday forms and lived experience of resistance and dissent. This course fulfills Issues: Human Rights and can be taken to meet elective requirements for majors and minors.


ANT 430 – Issues in Contemporary Anthropology: This course is an upper-division examination of contemporary issues being explored in the field of anthropology. Topics may include advanced theory, controversies in the discipline, methodological questions and changing approaches to anthropological research. In Fall 2016 the topic will be Migration. This course can be taken to meet elective requirements for majors and minors.


ANT 431 – Historical Perspectives in Anthropology: Students will explore historical theoretical and methodological developments from an anthropological perspective, focusing on trends in interpretation of material culture, cultural resources management, experimental archaeology, and the contribution of anthropology to understanding major social issues. Students will critically examine the practice and application of anthropological research from a historical perspective. This course can be taken to meet elective requirements for majors and minors.


  • If I am a Graduating Senior, what do I have to do?

If you are a graduating senior, you must apply for graduation before the semester of intended graduation. With the application for graduation submitted, the department will be asked to complete a degree audit to make sure you meet all the requirements for the major.  Often, the department must specify substitution courses (ANT 380s, e.g.).


  • If I am an existing ANT student, do I have to switch to the newly revised anthropology program?

No, you do not have to switch to the new program, but you may if you like—please see your advisor to decide if this is a good option for you.  All students starting the ANT major or minor from Fall 2016 on will be automatically in the new program and will need to fulfill the new requirements.


  • So if I don’t switch to the new program, will these changes impact my course of study?

Yes, they will in a few areas – ANT 300 (Research Methods) will no longer be available. Instead, students need to choose from the following four sub-discipline specific methods courses:

      ANT 305 – Methods in Biological Anthropology  ANT 317 – Advanced Cross-Cultural Linguistics

      ANT 400 – Ethnographic Methods                              ARC 400 – Archaeological Methods


  • I am a BA student – How do these changes affect me?

If you have already completed your “Additional Course for the BA” nothing will change. However, under the new program, the “Additional Course for the BA” choices will be ANT 315, ANT 345 and ANT 370. ANT 346 (Kinship and Culture) will no longer be offered.


  • I am a BS student – How do these changes affect me?

If you retain your pre-2016 catalog year, your BS cognate requirements will not change. If your catalog year is 2016 or later, however, you will need to complete STA 215 and one year of specified science courses to complete your degree.


  • Will my ANT 380 “Special Topics” course count as an elective?

Yes, all ANT 380 courses count towards the elective requirement for the major and minor.  If your catalog year is 2015 or earlier, to determine which elective area any specific ANT 380 course will count in, consider the subject (i.e., archaeology of Africa is an archaeology elective) and see your advisor. If your catalog year is 2016 or later, all 380s can count as electives.


  • Can I count the same courses towards both the Archaeology Minor and Anthropology Major? The issue of duplicating credits between the major and minor is important. You must have at least 30 credits in the major that are not counting in the minimum credits in the minor or a second major.  The minor must have at least 20 credits that are not duplicated within the minimum 30 credits in the major or second minor. Students who are anthropology majors and archaeology minors need to discuss overlap credits with the director of the Interdepartmental Archaeology Minor.


  • Can I count Study Abroad courses towards my anthropology major or minor?

Yes, you can, as long as the courses are approved ahead of time by the department as and anthropology course.  GVSU offers many study abroad opportunities for students, including ones led by anthropology faculty.  If students are participating in a study abroad program where the credit is transferred to GVSU from a host institution, the student will register ahead of time for a placeholder course called International Studies 380 (IS380), which allows the student to maintain his/her status at GVSU and access financial aid and all other services offered by GVSU.  For further information: http://www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/index.cfm?id=73D5571D-DDD3-63C4-732916F7757A8232



  • Can I use my anthropology courses towards completing the Certificate in Applied Anthropology?

Yes, you can, once you have been accepted into the Certificate program. This certificate program allows students to focus on and train in the skills needed to use anthropological research techniques in a variety of settings for problem solving. Applied anthropology is useful in business, government jobs, work with non-governmental organizations, etc. and can have a focus in any of anthropology’s subfields. Students interested in obtaining the Certificate must work with a faculty advisor and take ANT 400, ANT 420, an intensive 6-credit summer internship in their area of interest, and a relevant elective from the Certificate’s list. For more information: [We need a link to the certificate description/application here].


  • Can I use my anthropology courses towards completing the Intercultural Training Certificate?

Yes, you can. Many anthropology students will benefit from earning this certificate along with their anthropology degree.  This certificate provides students with the unique opportunity to receive employer-attractive skills in intercultural competence through the completion of academic courses and co-curricular experiences.  There is a list of anthropology courses approved for the Certificate. You may have to take only two or three ITC courses to add this option to your degree. For more information: http://www.gvsu.edu/itc/


  • Does the Anthropology Department offer financial support to students?

Yes, in the form of scholarships. The Anthropology Department offers three scholarship opportunities for students. All full-time students can apply for all three. Part-time students can apply to the Koch scholarship only. These scholarships are based on several selection criteria, including grades, interests and activities related to anthropology, and financial need. The applications are due in March of each year, so you will need to speak to your advisor before those deadlines.  For information on the requirements of these scholarships, please see the department’s website:


  • Which web sites are most important for planning my curriculum, advising, and career?

Anthropology Department website:



On-line Class Schedule for 2016-2017:



Forms, Registrar’s Office:



Interdepartmental Archaeology Minor program:

Director, Dr. Morison, 262 Lake Huron Hall, 616-331-3231; morisonm@gvsu.edu




CLAS Advising Center:



Career Services and Planning:


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