Anthropology Pre-major

Department Co-Chair: Eva De La Riva, 847-376-7434, delariva@oakton.edu
Department Co-Chair: Michelle Naffziger-Hirsch, 847-376-7269, mnaffzig@oakton.edu

The following pre-major is recommended for students who are considering completing a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology after transferring to a four-year institution. It will help deepen their knowledge of Anthropology as well as their overall understanding of individuals, societies and cultures, while completing the general education requirements for Associate degree.

It is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Once a transfer school is selected, students are strongly encouraged to consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success and the transfer institution’s catalog to select courses that will meet both Oakton and transfer institution requirements.

While completing the pre-major, students can also complete the requirements for one or more of Oakton’s concentrations, such as Women and Gender Studies (WGS), Global Studies (GS), Peace and Social Justice Studies (PSJ), and Environmental Studies (ESC). Students meeting the Concentration requirements will have a notation added to their transcript.

Courses that fulfill the concentration requirements are marked with the respective concentration abbreviation. Additionally, some course sections are designated to a specific concentration on a semester-by-semester basis. Students interested in completing a concentration should check the course schedule.

For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the department co-chair. Part time students should also consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success for part-time pre-major recommendations. General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester OneHours
ANT 202 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 1 3
EGL 101 Composition I 3
MAT 125
General Education Mathematics
or Elementary Statistics
4
Select one of the following: 3-4
Contemporary Culture and the Arts  
Introduction To Philosophy  
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) 2  
Women and Creativity (WGS) 2  
Modern Language Course (202 or higher) 3
 
Select one of the following: 3
Art History: Renaissance to Modern  
Art History: Modern Art (Twentieth Century)  
Art History: Art of the Non-Western World (GS) 1  
Music Literature And History  
or other Fine Arts course  
 Hours16-17
Semester Two
ANT 203
Introduction To Archaeology
or Introduction To Physical Anthropology
3
EGL 102 Composition II 3
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
Select one Science course with lab: 4
One science course must be from the Life Sciences (LS) and one science course must be from the Physical Sciences (PS)  
Introduction to Life Science (LS)  
Introduction to Environmental Science (LS/ESC) 1  
General College Biology I (LS)  
Introduction to Earth Science (PS)  
Physical Geology (PS)  
Historical Geology (PS)  
Select one of the following: 3
Cultural Geography 1  
International Relations 1  
Introduction To Psychology  
Introduction To Sociology 2  
The Individual in Modern Society  
Introduction to Global Studies (GS) 1  
 Hours16
Second Year
Semester One
ANT 203
Introduction To Archaeology
or Introduction To Physical Anthropology
3
Select one Science course without lab: 3
One science course must be from the Life Sciences (LS) and one science course must be from the Physical Sciences (PS)  
Human Genetics (non-laboratory course) (LS)  
Plants and Society (LS)  
Introduction To Weather And Climate (PS)  
Environmental Geology (PS)  
Select two courses from the following: 6
Principles of Macroeconomics  
History Of Contemporary Non-Western Civilizations  
Social Psychology 2  
Social Problems 4  
Sociology Of Marriage and Family: Relationships, Intimacy and Commitment 2  
Sociology of Sex and Gender (WGS) 2  
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2  
Introduction To Ethnic Studies 2  
or other Social and Behavioral Sciences course
 
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction To Drama  
Introduction To Fiction  
Introduction To Literature  
Multicultural Literature in the U.S. 2  
Gender, Identity and Literature 2  
Women and Literature 2  
Introduction to African-American Literature 2  
American Literature II (from The Civil War To The Present) 2  
 Hours15
Semester Two
Now that you have completed your required general education courses as well as the anthropology courses to prepare you for a future major in Anthropology, you can choose to take electives to fulfill your last 12 to 15 credit hours. We recommend you choose one to three courses from Social and Behavioral Sciences and/or one to three courses from Humanities/Fine Arts from those listed in the previous semesters that you have not yet taken or from other IAI General Education courses. 15
 Hours15
 Total Hours62-63

Note: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. For degree requirements see Associate in Arts (A.A.) page.