Combined Major:
Anthropology / Education


Advisor: Dr. James Loucky

The Anthropology Department provides a combined major in accordance with the Woodring College of Education requirements. Anthropology is an approved endorsement for elementary/secondary education. Anthropology is a particularly desirable major concentration for teachers, because it provides a broad and basic understanding of human behavior. Prospective teachers will often work with students of various cultural backgrounds and an awareness of specific cultural learning influences, perception, attitudes, motivations, and behavior is an integral part of working with students from diverse backgrounds. This is the basis of the core subjects in cultural anthropology.

Through the required basic courses in Anthropology, education majors will acquire an understanding of the nature of human beings, the evolution of the human species and the tremendous variation of cultural traits that are both our heritage and potential. Through faculty advisement, prospective students will be informed of advanced coursework that are beneficial combinations to complete individual academic goals. One possible emphasis is the culture of the Native American Indians--a subject that most elementary teacher cover at some point in their curriculum. Another emphasis may be cultural minority groups in the Pacific Northwest. The relationship of cultural learning to personality development and the relationship of cultural expectations to the learning process itself are other important areas covered by courses which may be taken as part of the Anthropology Education Major.


DEGREE COURSEWORK & REQUIREMENTS

Anthropology/ Social Studies - BA
87-89 credits

Jointly offered by the Department of Anthropology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Social Studies Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Anthropology courses

  • Anth 201, 210, 215
  • Anth 481 or 484
  • Anth 496
  • Electives under departmental advisement-at least one course from each of the following groups:
    • Cultural area courses:  Anth 361, 362, 365, 460, 462, 463, 465, 476
    • Topical cultural anthropology courses:  Anth 247, 330, 338, 351, 352, 353, 424, 429, 453, 475, 480

Social Studies Courses

  • Econ 206 or 446 (preferred)
  • Econ 207 or 447 (preferred)
  • Envs 204
  • Hist 103, 104, 121, 123, 391
  • Plsc 250

One course from

  • Envs 202
  • Envs 220
  • Envs 221
  • Envs 240
  • Envs 320
  • Envs 342
  • Envs 343

To receive a recommendation for state of Washington certification, students must complete the “teacher certification” program, including the content methods course SEC 426, offered by the Department of Secondary Education, as a part of the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree, or as a post-baccalaureate program, or as a part of the Master’s in Teaching degree. See the Secondary Education section of the catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

Completion of this combined major leads to an endorsement in social studies. Courses required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.


Elementary Education
45 credits


Major - Anthropology
This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in elementary education. See the Elementary Education section of Western's catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

  • Anth 201, 210 and 215
  • Anth 481 or 484
  • Select one course from the following groups:
    • Cultural area courses: Anth 361, 362, 365, 460, 462, 463, 465, 476
    • Topical cultural anthropology courses: Anth 247, 330, 348, 351, 352, 353, 424, 429, 453, 475, 480
  • Anth 496
  • Anthropology electives under departmental advisement to complete the 45 credits. 

Only one 100-level course will count toward any major or minor.

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