Requirements for All Majors



I. Pass/Fail

Courses taken Pass/Fail may not be used to satisfy requirements toward either the Anthropology or the Archaeology and History major, except in cases when they were taken prior to the time the student became a major.  However, with the exception of a few special courses (Anth 478, 479, 483, 484, 485, 486), any Anthropology course may be taken Pass/Fail for credit toward the BA degree.

II. Directed Study (Anth 478, 479)

Students may take Directed Study for 1 to 3 credits with the following conditions. Only one Directed Study may be counted for credit toward the major, although students may take additional Directed Studies for graduation credit. Students should also note carefully that Directed Study may be taken only by students who have completed the appropriate introductory course, are juniors or seniors, and have a GPA in the major of 3.0.  Waivers of these requirements will be made only under special circumstances.

III. Cognate Credit

Cognate credit may be granted for one course outside the Department upon approval of the Departmental Curriculum Committee.  Such approval should be sought prior to taking the course by a written request to the Chair of the Committee.


IV. Transfer of Credit

At least five of the eight intermediate and advanced courses required for the Anthropology or Archaeology/History major must be taken at UMass Boston, but additional Anthropology courses may be transferred for general university credit towards the BA degree.  Students must petition the Departmental Curriculum Committee to receive credit toward the major for transferred courses.  Permission for transfer of credit should be secured from the Department before a course is taken, except in the case of transfer students who wish credit for courses already taken at their former university.  This policy includes courses taken through the Boston Public Colleges Cross-Registration Agreement.

To receive transfer credit for a course, a student should complete a request form from the Department Administrative Assistant. A catalogue description and the syllabus from the course should be submitted as part of the request.

V. Policy on Incompletes

Incompletes may be given at the discretion of the instructor.  In order to give a grade of Incomplete, the instructor must sign an agreement with the student prior to the end of the semester in which the Incomplete is assigned.  This agreement stipulates what the student must do to complete the course and sets a date (within the limits allowed by the University) by which the student must fulfill the terms of the agreement.  If the course is not completed by the stipulated date, a grade of F is submitted.

VI. Courses Repeated for Credit

The Anthropology Department offers a number of special courses (Anth 280, 480, 483, 484, 485, 486) which may be repeated for credit as the focus of each course shifts.  Unless otherwise stipulated in the course description, such a course may be repeated only twice for credit towards the Anthropology major and as many times as desired for credit toward the BA degree.