How to Write the Major Proposal  

Before you go see the DUS, you should write a one-page major proposal in which you consider the following questions: 

  • How did you find out about anthropology and what motivated you to major in it? 
  • Do you have specific topical interests described in our Pathways such as Activism and Social Justice, Business and Economy, Environment, Health and Medicine, Heritage, and/or Law and Politics?  
  • Are you primarily interested in a specific anthropological subfield (sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, or biological anthropology)?   We recommend that you take courses that appeal to your interests and that cut across anthropological subfields and major “pathways.” Pathways through the Anthropology major represent some common interests and trajectories and provide a curricular structure that supports student career interests. They are not rigid sets of requirements but simply road maps through the department’s diverse and rich course offerings. Students may combine courses from any pathway. We encourage majors and minors to discuss these opportunities with their advisors or the DUS. As you think about courses to complete the major, you should also consider how each could further your interests and future goals. 
  • Do you have interest in a specific world area(s)?  
  • Are you considering study abroad, a field school, or some other kind(s) of practical experience as part of your anthropological training? 
  • Are you considering doing an Honors Thesis?  If so, what might be your overall topic(s)? 
  • Do you have any particular aims or learning goals in the major?  
  • What are your plans after graduation?