Academic Programs

Courses in Anthropological Sciences generally fit within the closely related subfields of Biological and Archaeological Anthropology. Majors are trained in both of these areas, with additional specialization available through elective coursework. The Program also features a concentration in Forensic Anthropology. The Anthropological Sciences Program in the Artis College of Science and Technology is a revision of the former Anthropology Program in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences. This revised degree program was approved by all Radford University curriculum committees and the State Council on Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) in the spring of 2010. Please see the course catalog for the Core Curriculum requirements and the specific requirements for the B.A. and B.S. degree. Students need a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate.

REQUIRED CLASSES                                            

  • ANSC 101 Anthropology of the Human Past (3 cr)
  • ANSC 201 Introduction to Anthropological Research (2 cr)
  • ANSC 301 Principles of Archaeology/Lab (4 cr)
  • ANSC 302 Principles of Biological Anthropology/Lab (4 cr)
  • ANSC 303 Quantitative and Computer Methods (4 cr)
  • ANSC 400 Senior Seminar (2 cr)
  • ANSC 401 Anthropological Theory (3 cr)

CONCENTRATIONS

Majors must choose one of the three concentrations outlined below:

General Anthropology Concentration (27 credits)

The General Anthropology Concentration is designed for students who wish for a broader foundation in anthropology. This concentration is recommended for students interested in careers and/or graduate programs in biological anthropology, cultural and heritage resource management, and archaeology. Students are encouraged to take a variety of biological and archaeological anthropology coursework in order to build an interdisciplinary understanding of the field. In addition to the Required Anthropological Sciences courses listed above, students in the General Anthropological Concentration must complete the following:

Biological Anthropology Requirements (6-8 credits)

 Students must take at least 2 courses from among the following options:

  • ANSC 210 - Introduction to Forensic Anthropology or
  • FOSC 210 - Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
  • ANSC 320 - Human Osteology
  • ANSC 330 - Primatology or
  • BIOL 330 - Primatology
  • ANSC 410 - Paleoanthropology
  • ANSC 420 - Advanced Forensic Anthropology or
  • FOSC 420 - Advanced Forensic Anthropology
  • ANSC 430 - Bioarchaeology

Archaeological Anthropology Requirement (6-9 credits)

Students must take at least 2 courses from among the following options:

  • ANSC 103 - Ancient Worlds of the Maya, the Aztec, and the Inka
  • ANSC 211 - Forensic Archaeology or
  • FOSC 211 - Forensic Archaeology
  • ANSC 321 - Archaeological Field and Lab Methods
  • ANSC 333 - World Prehistory
  • ANSC 361 - Human Impacts on the Prehistoric Environment
  • ANSC 493 - Field School in Archaeology
  • ANSC 497 - Seminar in Archaeological Anthropology

Anthropological Sciences Electives (4-9 credits)

Students  will take additional courses from either of the two elective lists above or the following classes for an overall total of 21 credits in Anthropological Science classes.

  • ANSC 495 - Seminar in Anthropological Sciences
  • ANSC 498 - Independent Study
  • ANSC 499 – Internship

Additional Courses

In addition students in the General Anthropology concentration must take at least 6 credit hours in one of the following disciplines: a Foreign Language, History, Geology, Geospatial Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, or Statistics.

Forensic Anthropology Concentration (26-30 credits)

FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY CONCENTRATION (20 SEMESTER HOURS)

Students interested in specializing in Forensic Anthropology have the option of choosing a Forensic Anthropology Concentration. This preprofessional concentration prepares students for graduate-level study of recent unidentified human remains in a medicolegal context. In addition to the Required Anthropological Sciences Courses listed above, students in the Forensic Anthropology Concentration must complete the following:

Required Courses (14 credits)

  • ANSC 210 - Introduction to Forensic Anthropology or
  • FOSC 210 - Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
  • ANSC 211 - Forensic Archaeology or
  • FOSC 211 - Forensic Archaeology
  • ANSC 320 - Human Osteology
  • ANSC 420 - Advanced Forensic Anthropology or
  • FOSC 420 - Advanced Forensic Anthropology

Biological Anthropology Courses (3-4 credits)

Students must take one (1) of the following:

  • ANSC 330 - Primatology or
  • BIOL 330 - Primatology
  • ANSC 410 - Paleoanthropology
  • ANSC 430 - Bioarchaeology
  • ANSC 496 - Seminar in Biological Anthropology

Archaeological Anthropology Courses (3-6 credits)

Students must take one (1) of the following:

  • ANSC 103 - Ancient Worlds of the Maya, the Aztec, and the Inka
  • ANSC 321 - Archaeological Field and Lab Methods
  • ANSC 333 - World Prehistory
  • ANSC 361 - Human Impacts on the Prehistoric Environment
  • ANSC 493 - Field School in Archaeology
  • ANSC 497 - Seminar in Archaeological Anthropology

Additional Courses

In addition students in the Forensic Anthropology concentration must take an additional 6 credit hours in any of the following:

  • Any additional ANSC course
  • BIOL 310 - Human Structure and Function I
  • BIOL 311 - Human Structure and Function II
  • BIOL 383 - Molecular Forensic Biology
  • CHEM 465 - Forensic Chemistry
  • STAT 301 - Probability and Statistics I
  • STAT 302 - Probability and Statistics II
  • STAT 320 - Methods of Non-Parametric Statistics
  • STAT 420 - Modern Regression Analysis

Field Archaeology Concentration (27-32 credits)

Students interested in a career in archaeology, specifically working for a cultural resource management company as a field archaeologist have the option of choosing the Field Archaeology concentration. This concentration will prepare students for a career as an archaeologist by giving them training not only in archaeological anthropology, but in the fields of Geology or Geospatial Science. Students in this concentration can choose one of two tracks, Geology or Geospatial Science. In addition to the Required Anthropological Sciences Courses listed above, students in the Field Archaeology Concentration must complete the following:

Required Courses (15-20 credits)

  • ANSC 321 - Archaeological Field and Lab Methods
  • ANSC 333 - World Prehistory

and

  • ANSC 493 - Field School in Archaeology or
  • ANSC 499 - Internship

Additional Courses

Students in this concentration must also take at least 2 courses from among the following options:

  • ANSC 210 - Introduction to Forensic Anthropology or
  • FOSC 210 - Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
  • ANSC 320 - Human Osteology
  • ANSC 330 - Primatology or
  • BIOL 330 - Primatology
  • ANSC 420 - Advanced Forensic Anthropology
  • ANSC 430 - Bioarchaeology
  • ANSC 410 - Paleoanthropology
  • ANSC 496 - Seminar in Biological Anthropology

Tracks (12 credits)

Students in this concentration must also take one of the following tracks:

Geology Track

12 credit hours from the following list of courses:

  • GEOL 106 - The Earth Through Time
  • GEOL 310 - Mineralogy
  • GEOL 320 - Sedimentary Petrology and Stratigraphy
  • GEOL 360 - Geomorphology or
  • GEOS 350 - Geomorphology
  • GEOL 361 - Geology of Virginia

Geospatial Science Track

Students must take:

  • GEOS 250 - Introduction to GIS
  • GEOS 315 - Intermediate GIS Concepts

And one additional GEOS course from the following list:

  • GEOS 350 - Geomorphology  or
  • GEOL 360 - Geomorphology
  • GEOS 270 - Fundamentals of Cartography
  • GEOS 380 - Spatial Analysis Techniques
  • GEOS 410 - Advanced GIS
  • GEOS 425 - Remote Sensing
  • GEOS 495 - Directed Field Research