Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Minors:Africana Studies
Latin American Studies
Medical Humanities
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College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
CIP Code:45.0201
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The B.A. in Anthropology provides a broad base of information about human culture and what makes humans unique. Culture is the totality of what humans learn and the basis for how humans define the world. Anthropologists study all kinds of individual cultures, both living and dead and simple and complex, in order to gain an understanding of culture as a human phenomenon. The very nature of anthropology is multicultural and historical. This program is hands-on, and students regularly participate in faculty-directed research projects in the Pensacola area. Senior internships and cooperative programs with private firms and government agencies also provide on-the-job training and can lead to employment. The B.A. in Anthropology is a springboard to a wide range of jobs in the private or government sectors, as well as continuing one’s academic career after graduation.

Program Requirements

In addition to the university’s general requirements and General Education requirements, students seeking the B.A. in Anthropology must meet the requirements listed below.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all major-related courses.

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum: 

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

Lower Division Anthropology (ANT) Courses *6


Common Major Requirements7
Anthropology as a Profession +
Principles of Archaeology +
Peoples and Cultures of the World +
Theory: Choose one (1) of the following:3
History of Anthropology +
Method and Theory in Archaeology +
Analysis: Choose one (1) of the following:3-4
Laboratory Methods in Archaeology +
Conservation of Archaeological Materials +
Archaeological Data Analysis +
Human Osteology +
Geographic Information Systems in Anthropology +
Methods: Choose one (1) or two (2) of the following:3-6
Advisor Approved Statistics Course +
Advisor Approved Writing Course +
Field Methods: Choose one (1) of the following:3-9
Combined Archaeological Field Methods +
Field Methods in Forensic Anthropology +
Archaeological Field Survey +
Ethnographic Research Methods +
Terrestrial Archaeological Field Methods +
Maritime Archaeological Field Methods +
Area: Choose one (1) of the following:3
North American Archaeology +
Florida Archaeology +
Indians of the Southeast: An Anthropological Perspective +
North American Indians +
African Cultures +
Japanese Culture +
Archaeology of the Southeastern United States +
Mesoamerican Cultural Traditions +
Modern Human Physical Variation +
Shipwreck Archaeology +
Archaeology Distribution Elective: Choose one (1) of the following 3000/4000 level courses:3
Historical Archaeology +
Historic Preservation in Archaeology +
Anthropology Internship +
Biological Anthropology Distribution Elective: Choose one (1) of the following 3000/4000 level courses:3
Forensic Anthropology +
Race, Ethnicity, and Culture +
Disease and Culture +
Bioarchaeology +
Primatology +
Human Origins +
Forensics in the Media +
Ritual Use of Human Remains +
Anthropology Internship +
Cultural Anthropology Distribution Elective: Choose one (1) of the following 3000/4000 level courses: 3
Anthropology of the Bible +
Sex Roles in Anthropological Perspective +
Anthropology of Globalization +
Origins of Civilization +
Anthropology of Religion +
Cultural Ecology +
Language and Culture +
Anthropology of Human Rights +
Applied Anthropology +
Disease and Culture +
Race, Ethnicity, and Culture +
Anthropology Internship +
Unspecified Electives: Choose two (2) additional 3000/4000 level Anthropology courses from the Distributional Electives listed above (can include ANT 3905/4905 Directed Study, or ANT 4990 Special Topics in Anthropology)6
Anthropology Capstone +
If not completed at the lower division:0-7
Introduction to Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Biological Anthropology Lab
Total Hours40-57

Advisor Approved Electives

Students must complete sufficient 3000/4000 level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 semester hours in the upper division or complete all departmental requirements at the 3000/4000 level, whichever is greater.3-20
Total Hours3-20

Africana Studies

The Africana Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program. This minor is available to all students.

Choose five of the following:15
Africans in the Atlantic World
Civil Rights
Black Women Writers
Peoples and Cultures of the World
African Cultures
Language and Culture
Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
Issues in Gender and Diversity
Psychology of Workforce Diversity
The Colonial Caribbean
'Atlantic Indians': How Indigenous and African Peoples Shaped Europe & the Americas
African Philosophy
Biomedical Ethics
Law and Society
Inequality in America
Total Hours15


A grade of “C” or higher is required in all Anthropology courses. Anthropology majors may not earn this minor.

ANT 2511Biological Anthropology3
ANT 3101Principles of Archaeology3
ANT 3212Peoples and Cultures of the World3
3000/4000 level Anthropology courses9
If not completed at the lower division:0-3
Introduction to Anthropology
Total Hours18-21

Latin American Studies

The Latin American Studies minor is designed to provide students with a multidisciplinary background in the themes and topics of most concern in Latin American Studies. All courses in the minor must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. This minor is available to all students.

Students must demonstrate competence in Spanish language skills by completing one of the following courses or equivalent.

Choose one of the following:3
Intermediate Reading and Translation
Intermediate Composition & Conversation
Students must take five courses from any of the following:15
Florida Archaeology
Peoples and Cultures of the World
Historical Archaeology
Mesoamerican Cultural Traditions
Advisor Approved Elective
Fine and Performing Arts
Advisor Approved Elective
Advisor Approved Elective
Spanish Conquest of the Americas
The Colonial Caribbean
The Andes: From the Incas to Today
Greater Mexico: Central America from Conquest to the 20th Century
'Atlantic Indians': How Indigenous and African Peoples Shaped Europe & the Americas
Gender and Sexuality in Latin America from Colonization to Today
Advisor Approved Elective
Latin American Culture and Civilization
Political Science
Advisor Approved Elective
Total Hours18

Medical Humanities Minor

This minor is intended for all undergraduates, and particularly for students entering the health professions. The minor provides students with a grounding in interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences, focused on the complexity of illness, health and healing; the social construction of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender; the embodiment of social inequality; respect for cultural diversity; medical ethics; and the history of medicine and public health.

Complete 3 courses from the following:9
Disease and Culture
History of Medicine and Society
Biomedical Ethics
Sociology of Health, Illness and Health Care
Complete 6 additional credits from the following (including any not taken from the above list):6
Forensic Anthropology
Anthropology of Human Rights
Ritual Use of Human Remains
Sex Roles in Anthropological Perspective
Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
Introduction to the Communication Professions
Health Communication
Strategic Communication for the Sciences
High Middle Ages
Total Hours15


The Sociology minor provides students with knowledge of basic theoretical concepts in the discipline and applies the major theoretical perspectives to contemporary society. The program emphasizes cultivating the sociological imagination by developing students' awareness of the social component of all dimensions of human experience and how people's lived experiences and views are shaped by social forces.

Students must demonstrate their command of and competence in sociology by successfully completing four 2000/4000 level courses from the approved list and one advisor approved Social Science course from a related discipline.

Choose four courses:12
Peoples and Cultures of the World
Introduction to Women's Studies
Sociology of Sex Roles
Introduction to Sociology
Current Social Problems
The Family
Sociology of Health, Illness and Health Care
Inequality in America
Popular Culture
Sociology of Education
Advisor approved Social Science course3
Total Hours15