BS at a glance
The choices involved in this program allow students to focus their studies on either biological anthropology, archaeology or a combination of both (bioarchaeology). Students begin with 200-level introductory courses, i.e., 1) Fundamentals of Archaeology and 2) Introduction to Biological Anthropology, as well as a choice of either introductory linguistics or cultural anthropology to help round out the student's overall anthropological background. Students in the biological anthropology or archaeology stream are then required to take World Prehistory, Archaeological Methods and Theory, Paleoanthropology, and Analytical Techniques.
These courses provide a mix of practical, theoretical and analytical tools necessary for more advanced study. From there, the student can take any combination of courses in archaeology, biological anthropology, or both. For example, they can take Zooarchaeology and Taphonomy or Human Osteology. Both courses offer advanced methods in identification and analytical training, and provide the opportunity to consider theoretical issues including approaches to problem solving, site formation and pattern recognition. Other choices then include four of six topical courses, all of which provide the opportunity for advanced study in areas of faculty specialization, such as Circumpolar Archaeology, Human Biology, Bioarchaeology, Ecological Anthropology, and/or various Seminars in Physical Anthropology or Archaeology that can emphasize any topic.
For more information on undergraduate studies inarchaeology and bioanthropology at UAF, please contact the BS Undergraduate Studies Director, Dr. Jamie Clark (jlclark7 @ alaska.edu).
Consider an Honor's Degree
We highly encourage all anthropology majors to consider matriculating in the Honor's Program in order to complete an undergraduate honor's capstone project.
The Honors Capstone Project is meant to be the culmination of the Honors experience for each student in the Honors Program. The Honors Capstone requirement is intended to provide the student with a scholarly endeavor incorporating the range of concepts and techniques learned during the undergraduate career, as well as the synthesis of knowledge gained during college. The goal is for the student to be exposed to a set of perspectives, and through critical thinking to develop a novel perspective. Students develop a project with a faculty adviser in an area of interest to the student. For details on and paperwork relating to the undergraduate research experience, please visit the Honor's Curriculum webpage.
For more information on an Anthropology Honor's Capstone Project, please contact Dr. Kara Hoover (kchoover @ alaska.edu)