Major Requirements

Students who entered Johns Hopkins in the 2020-2021 academic year should refer to the current Academic Catalog for a current list of major requirements. Students who entered Johns Hopkins University in a previous academic year should refer to the catalog of that academic year.

To fulfill the general requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, students majoring in Anthropology must complete a total of 30 credits (10 courses) in Anthropology, to include:

  • 070.132 Invitation to Anthropology
  • 070.273 Ethnographies
  • 070.317 Methods
  • 070.419 Logic of Anthropological Inquiry
  • Six other courses
    • At least four of which must be 300-level or higher, of which one can be a cross-listed course taught outside the department. After consultation with faculty, majors can take an independent study course that will count toward the major.

All Anthropology majors must also meet a foreign language requirement (intermediate level). Native speakers of another language, or those fluent in a language not taught at the university, can devise a plan to meet this requirement in consultation with the department.

Students majoring in Anthropology maintain a close working relationship with their major adviser, meeting at least twice each term to coordinate their progress through the program.

Honors Program

The honors program for Anthropology majors takes the equivalent of one course in each of two semesters in the senior year. In their junior year, students with at least a 3.5 GPA in anthropology courses are encouraged to write a senior thesis by registering for the two-semester Senior Essay course with a faculty adviser. When there are five or more students who wish to write theses, a 3-credit senior thesis seminar will be offered, which can replace one of these two Senior Essay courses.

Working closely with their faculty supervisors, honors students build their own research proposals; carry out some combination of fieldwork, library work, and archival work; and write and submit an honors thesis (or senior essay). If students plan to undertake research involving human subjects, they will be required to apply for approval from the Homewood Institutional Review Board ( under supervision of their faculty advisor.

During the spring term of the junior year, honors candidates should submit to their major adviser a working title and a 250-word abstract of their proposed work. Since it is possible that students may need to work with faculty other than their major adviser and/or have their IRB approval in place before conducting research, early consultation with the adviser is essential.

Only after successful completion of the first term in good standing may the honors candidate proceed to the second term. Departmental honors will be awarded to students whose theses receive a grade of A- or better. The honors thesis is due no later than the last day of spring term.

Please address all questions and concerns to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Naveeda Khan, at