Major/Minor Requirements

Major Requirements

Beginning with the Fall 2017 term, the Anthropology Department is instituting a new set of major requirements. New students entering the department will be subject to these new requirements. Students enrolled prior to Fall 2017 can elect between the two sets, with any specific questions addressed to the Anthropology Department chair.
 
New Major requirements (as of Fall 2017)
 
A major in anthropology consists of a minimum of nine units (which may include courses from MIT's anthropology offerings), of which ANTH 101, ANTH 102 or ANTH 103, ANTH 205, and ANTH 301 are required. Students are required to take one additional 300-level offering and to engage in at least one significant  academic experience outside the classroom to be identified in conjunction with the major advisor (e.g. study abroad, independent research, intern, field schools, or related experiences). 
 
Old Major requirements (eligible for students enrolled prior to Fall 2017)
 
A major in anthropology consists of a minimum of nine units (which may include courses from MIT’s anthropology offerings), of which ANTH 104, ANTH 204 or ANTH 206, ANTH 300, and ANTH 301 are required. Students may also elect other relevant courses (such as statistics and biology), depending on the particular need and interest of the student. Majors are encouraged to take other courses that have a cultural or multicultural focus.

Minor Requirements

New Minor requirements (as of Fall 2017)
 
A minor in anthropology consists of five units: ANTH 101 or ANTH 102 or ANTH 103, at least one 200-level course, at least one 300-level course. Students minoring in anthropology are encouraged to choose at least one ethnographic area course and at least one course which focuses on a particular theoretical problem.
 
Old Minor requirements (eligible for students enrolled prior to Fall 2017)
 
A minor in anthropology consists of five units: ANTH 104, two 200-level courses, and two 300-level courses. Students minoring in anthropology are encouraged to choose at least one ethnographic area course and at least one course which focuses on a particular theoretical problem.

Honors

To graduate with honors in anthropology, a student must write a senior thesis and pass an oral examination.  To be admitted to the thesis program, a student must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 in all work in the department above the 100 level.