Anthropology at South Carolina

Providing students instruction in the study of holistic anthropology, our program fosters an atmosphere that encourages critical thinking, problem solving and integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of humankind.

What to Expect

As an anthropology major, you will gain knowledge in four areas — cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistic anthropology and biological anthropology. You will experience intensive discussion, multimedia engagement and hands-on applications in many classes, while acquiring skills in research methodology and presentation. Anthropology majors also have the opportunity to participate in research and fieldwork, both abroad and locally.

You will develop skills necessary to appreciate the cultural and biological diversity of humans, while learning how to apply this knowledge in a variety of ways. Many unique opportunities await you, such as getting involved with a field school offered each summer in archaeology and ethnology.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B  B.A. in Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a truly holistic training in human behavior, culture, communication and biocultural dynamics, which produces well-rounded students. This type of program is relatively unique across the country. You also can choose a research track/intensive major leading to a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Anthropology.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology:

  • Basic Forensic Anthropology (course from Biological Anthropology)
  • South Carolina Archaeology (course from Archeology)
  • Language, Culture, and Society (course from Linguistic Anthropology)
  • Anthropology of Magic and Religion (course from Sociocultural Anthropology)

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The Department of Anthropology also offers both a master's and doctorate-level degrees in anthropology.

M  M.A. in Anthropology 

Graduate Coordinator: Cat Keegan, 803-777-9604, keegan@mailbox.sc.edu
Graduate Director: Jennifer Reynolds, 803-777-2392,  jreynold@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

D  Ph.D. in Anthropology

Graduate Coordinator: Cat Keegan, 803-777-9604, keegan@mailbox.sc.edu
Graduate Director: Jennifer Reynolds, 803-777-2392,  jreynold@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

C  Certificate in Visual Anthropology

Graduate Coordinator: Cat Keegan, 803-777-9604, keegan@mailbox.sc.edu
Graduate Director: Jennifer Reynolds, 803-777-2392,  jreynold@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.