Coursework - Social Anthropology

The course of study in Social Anthropology requires a minimum of sixteen four-credit courses, at least twelve of which must be in anthropology. See the Anthropology program of study page on the GSAS website for a more detailed presentation of social anthropology program objectives and student expectations. 

The twelve required four-credit courses include:

  • Genealogies of Social Anthropology at Harvard (Anthropology 2900) 
  • Theories of the Social (Anthropology 2910) 
  • Anthropological Research Methods (Anthropology 3628) 
  • Research Design/Proposal Writing (Anthropology 3626)
  • A two-credit course, Pedagogy in Anthropology (Anthropology 3636)

Four-credit courses on the ethnography of one’s area of specialization and in one of the Program’s Foundational Disciplinary Electives, are strongly recommended. A four-credit course in archaeology is also recommended but not required.

First-year students must attain at least a B+ in each of the proseminars.