Major program: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH101) is the department's required gateway course, usually taken during your first or sophomore year. A minimum grade of B in ANTH101 is expected as a condition of acceptance into the major.  In addition to 101, majors are required to earn a minimum of nine anthropology credits numbered 200 or higher. These must include two core courses in anthropological theory, Theory 1 (ANTH295) and Theory 2 (ANTH296), offered in fall and spring, respectively. As the precise topics of these courses will sometimes vary in consecutive years, it may be possible to repeat one or the other for credit and fulfill the requirement in that way.  Archaeology-track majors should take Theory 1 or Theory 2 plus another advisor-approved course in archaeological theory. The major must also include one course on anthropological methods.

Majors must also develop and complete a concentration consisting of four electives. Concentrations are not predefined groupings of courses but are rather flexible specializations reflective of a student’s particular interests.

Sample Courses:  Anthropology of Cities; Modern Southeast Asia; The Politics of Nature; The Variety of Religious Expressions: Movements, Mediation, and Embodiment in an Anthropological Perspective; The Human Skeleton

Number of Professors: 13

Title: Faculty Spotlight

J. Kehaulani Kauanui

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Associate Professor of American Studies


Research Interests:  Anarchism, native Hawaiian sovereignty; comparative indigeneity; settler colonialism; US colonialism in the Pacific; critical race theory; nationalism and the politics of gender & sexuality; and decolonization & nation-building.