Major & Minor Requirements

Undergraduates can either major or minor in Cultural Anthropology; in both cases, we strongly support study abroad, summer ethnographic research, and the senior thesis capstone experience. We will work with majors to secure funding for ethnographic research in the summer, and many students use this research as the basis for their senior thesis. Our faculty, with their diverse global interests, can provide rich resources for students as their hone their anthropological areas of interest. Cultural Anthropology majors go on to many and varied careers including teaching, social service, advertising, medicine, law, community mobilization, art and performance, government and non-governmental organizations, transnational development, labor organizing, writing and editing, information sciences, business, and academia.

Major Requirements: 10 Courses

  • **3 Foundation Courses:

    • CULANTH 101 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
      • This introductory course to Cultural Anthropology is taught by several faculty members of the department and is offered at least once a year.
    • CULANTH 301 - Theories in Cultural Anthropology
      • This is a survey of the main intellectual currents in Cultural Anthropology, designed especially for majors. It is usually taken in the sophomore or junior year and serves as a strong foundation for the rest of the work in the major.  Please note: Beginning academic 2020-21, CulAnth 301 Theoretical Foundations will only be offered in the spring semester. 
    • CULANTH 302 - Fieldwork Methods: Cultural Analysis and Interpretation
      • This course combines theories of anthropological fieldwork methods with practice, including participation, observation, and interviews. Students will undertake original research in a local field site of their choice and produce their own mini-ethnography.
  • **The 3 Foundations courses may not be satisfied through study abroad or at other institutions. 
  • At least 5 Cultural Anthropology courses at the 100-level and above, includes FOCUS and Duke Engage courses cross-listed with cultural anthropology.
  • At least 1 Cultural Anthropology course at the 400-level and above, includes CulAnth Senior Seminar 489S and 499S.  
  • 1 additional course in Cultural Anthropology at any level.
  • Students must take at least five of their ten courses with instructors whose primary appointment is in the Department of Cultural Anthropology.  The instructor for Senior Seminar counts toward this requirement.  
  • No more than three courses may be transferred from other institutions or study abroad.

    We strongly recommend study abroad, summer ethnographic research, and the senior thesis capstone experience.

Minor Requirements: 5 courses

  • CULANTH 101 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
  • 3 Cultural Anthropology courses at the 100-level and above.
  • 1 additional Cultural Anthropology course at any level (this may include a course taken in the first-year FOCUS program and Duke Engage courses cross-listed with cultural anthropology.)

Independent Study

Independent Studies can be approved as a Cultural Anthropology elective if they are supervised by a primary faculty member in Cultural Anthropology.   Students may not receive Cultural Anthropology credit for an Independent Study supervised by a faculty outside of Cultural Anthropology.  Independent studies cannot be cross-listed with other departments.  Primary faculty include Professors, Associate Professors and Assistant Professors in Cultural Anthropology. 

Degrees and Credentials: Double Major, Interdepartmental Major, Program II, Certificates

Interdepartmental Major Requirements: 7 courses

  • CULANTH 101 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • CULANTH 301 - Theoretical Foundations
  • CULANTH 302 - Fieldwork Methods
  • 1 Cultural Anthropology course at the 400 level and above.
  • 3 additional Cultural Anthropology courses at any level (this may include cross-listed courses, a course taken in the first-year FOCUS program and Duke Engage courses cross-listed with cultural anthropology).

For more information, please see Trinity College of Arts and Sciences Interdepartmental Major page