Curriculum Requirements

University General Education Requirements
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
WRS 106First-Year Writing II3
or ENG 106 Writing About Literature and Culture
UMX 100The University of Miami Experience0
MTH 108Precalculus Mathematics II3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
STEM Cognate Courses9
Language Requirement3-9
Minor Requirement15
Electives39
Core Requirements
APY 201Principles of Archaeology (or approved alternatives)3
APY 202Principles of Cultural Anthropology (or approved alternatives)3
APY 203Principles of Physical Anthropology (or approved alternatives)3
APY 204Principles of Linguistic Anthropology (or approved alternatives)3
APY 484Anthropological Theory3
A minimum of five additional anthropology courses in addition to the five core requirements listed above.15
Total Credit Hours120
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A grade of C- or higher is required with an overall GPA of 2.0 in all APY courses.

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 Majors are strongly encouraged to enroll in one of our many fieldwork opportunities or to obtain training in field methods specific to their interests.  The remainder of the program will be developed with the student’s departmental adviser.  To satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences writing requirement in the discipline, students majoring in anthropology should take at least two courses designated as W (writing intensive) offered by the department.

Medical Anthropology Track 

Medical Anthropology Courses
Select 6 of the following Courses:18
Medicine and Health Care in Society
Human Adaptation
Primate Behavior and Adaptation
Folk and Alternative Medicine
Anthropology of Food
Gender in Ancient Cultures
Sex and Culture
Drugs and Culture
Violence and Ritual
Medical Anthropology
Human Osteology
Forensic Anthropology II: Fieldwork
Bioarchaeology-Peopling the past
Interpreting Bodies
Methods of Anthropological Research
Field Studies in Anthropology
Advanced Medical Anthropology
Ancient Medicine
Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics for Non-Majors
Quantitative Methods for Sociologists

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
APY 202 Principles of Cultural Anthropology 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Language Course 3
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
WRS 106 or ENG 106 First-Year Writing II
or Writing About Literature and Culture
3
APY 201 Principles of Archaeology 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
Language Course 3
Minor Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
APY 203 Principles of Physical Anthropology 3
APY 300 Level or above 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Language Course 3
Minor Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
APY 204 Principles of Linguistic Anthropology 3
APY 300 Level or above course 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
APY 505 or 511 Museum Internship
or Artlab At Lowe
3
APY 300 level or above course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
APY 502 Field Studies in Anthropology 3
APY 300 level or above course 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 4
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Year Four
Fall
APY 484 Anthropological Theory 3
APY 506 Workshop in Anthropology 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
APY 506 Workshop in Anthropology 3
APY 300 level or above course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours121
 

Suggested Plan of Study - Medical Anthropology Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
APY 202 Principles of Cultural Anthropology 3
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Language Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
WRS 106 or ENG 106 First-Year Writing II
or Writing About Literature and Culture
3
APY 201 Principles of Archaeology 3
APY 205 Medicine and Health Care in Society 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
Language Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
APY 203 Principles of Physical Anthropology 3
Select one of the following: 3
Folk and Alternative Medicine
Gender in Ancient Cultures
Drugs and Culture
STEM Cognate Course 3
Language Course 3
Minor Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
APY 204 Principles of Linguistic Anthropology 3
Select one of the following: 3
Folk and Alternative Medicine
Sex and Culture
Drugs and Culture
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
APY 413 Medical Anthropology 3
APY 501 Methods of Anthropological Research 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
APY 502 Field Studies in Anthropology 3
APY 512 Advanced Medical Anthropology 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
APY 484 Anthropological Theory 3
APY 506 Workshop in Anthropology 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
APY 506 Workshop in Anthropology 3
Select one of the following: 3
Anthropology of Food
Violence and Ritual
Bioarchaeology-Peopling the past
Interpreting Bodies
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Mission

To teach to students to identify the principles of human behavior and action, understand their cultural production and significance, and compare our own behaviors with those of people from other times and places around the world. The latter demands evolutionary, cross-cultural studies of human behavior.

Goals

Students who major or minor in anthropology at the University of Miami will:

  • Successfully complete all courses required of Anthropology majors 
  • Demonstrate understanding of key methods and concepts of the discipline’s four sub-fields—biological anthropology, socio-cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology 
  • Describe in depth the developments in research in at least one of the four subfields
  • Receive a foundation in critical thinking and key disciplinary ideas so that they may continue their studies in doctoral, medical, or professional programs (i.e., law school, business school) or find employment in pertinent fields after graduation.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts that unify the sub-fields, or what anthropologists study and why they do so.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of research developments in at least one of the four subfields—biological anthropology, socio-cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology. To this end, they will understand how contemporary anthropologists gain information and what they learn from data collected.
  • Students will receive a foundation in critical thinking skills.