History and Cultural Anthropology, BA

History and cultural anthropology offer an interdisciplinary combined major. Students interested in the combined major in history and cultural anthropology integrate the exploration of human history with the rigorous study of human cultures. 

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

History Requirements

History Colloquium
HIST 1000History at Northeastern1
HIST 1200Historical Research and Writing1
HIST 1201First-Year Seminar4
Introductory Level
Complete one history course from the 1000 level.4
History Seminar and Historical Writing
HIST 2301The History Seminar4
HIST 2302Historical Writing1
Pre-1800 History Elective
Complete one course from the following: 4
Africa and the World in Early Times
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
Japanese Literature and Culture
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Introduction to Russian Civilization
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Intermediate/Advanced History Cluster
Complete three history courses numbered 2303 or above.12
Advanced History
Complete one history course at the 3000 level or above.4

History Cluster

In conjunction with your history advisor, define a history cluster by the first semester of your junior year of study. A cluster comprises four history courses with no more than two courses in the 1200–1299 range.

Cultural Anthropology Requirements

Foundation Courses
ANTH 1101Peoples and Cultures4
ANTH 2305Global Markets and Local Culture4
ANTH 3421Foundations of Anthropological Theory4
ANTH 3410Ethnographic Field Experience4
Area Courses
Complete two courses from the following:8
Ethnography of Southeast Asia
Latin American Society and Development
Native North Americans
Anthropology of Africa
Culture and Politics in Modern India
Anthropology Electives
Complete three courses in the following range. One study-abroad course may count toward this requirement.12
ANTH 2001 to ANTH 4599

Capstone Requirements

Complete one of the following:4
Senior Seminar
Capstone Seminar

Integrative Requirements

ANTH courses below will double count as area courses.

ANTH 4350Ethnography of Southeast Asia4
ANTH 4510Anthropology of Africa4
HIST 2360History of Capitalism in East Asia4

Students taking Senior Seminar (ANTH 4600) must complete either a one-semester senior project, which they would do in the context of ANTH 4600, or a two-semester senior thesis, which would require them to also enroll in a fall-semester directed study.

Anthropology Major Grade Requirement

A GPA of 2.000 for major courses is required.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Sample Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HIST 10001HIST elective or integrative 14VacationVacation
HIST 12001HIST elective or integrative 24  
HIST 12014ANTH 23054  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
ANTH 11014   
 18 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HIST 23014HIST elective or integrative 34VacationCo-op
HIST 23021HIST elective or integrative 44  
ANTH 34104ANTH 34214  
ANTH area course 14Elective4  
 17 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opHIST elective or integrative 54Elective 4Co-op
 ANTH area course 24Elective4 
 ANTH elective 14  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opHIST elective or integrative 64Elective4Co-op
 ANTH elective 24Elective4 
 ANTH elective 34  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
Co-opHIST capstone or HIST senior project or ANTH capstone4  
 HIST elective or integrative 74  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 131