Anthropology major or not, Stony Brook University offers some really cool and interesting Anthropology courses. Some of these courses don’t even require many or any prerequisites. Even if you’re not an Anthro major, taking courses outside of your major shows that you’re well rounded and passionate about many things besides your field. Here are five awesome anthropology courses that you should consider taking at Stony Brook University.

1. Intro to Archaeology (ANT 104)

Because it’s an intro class, there are no prerequisites. If you’re even mildly interested in archaeology you should take this class. The class is either taught by Professor Shea or Professor Twiss. Professor Shea made the lectures fun and exciting, making you want to come to class. The course is easy as well with minimal weekly homework and two easy multiple choice exams (midterm and final) and extra credit.

2. Intro to Cultural Anthropology (ANT 102)

Another intro class, meaning there are no prerequisites! Professor Hicks teaches this class, and he talks about his experiences studying the culture of East Timor. It’s a super easy class, with three exams all based on powerpoints that he uploads to Blackboard. Hicks is nice and enthusiastic about the subject matter as well. This class if for people interested in different cultures around the world.

3. Intro to Biological Anthropology (ANP 120)

Once again there are no prerequisites. The class is taught by Professor Russo, and she’s really enthusiastic about the topic as well. Lectures are very interesting, especially if you’re interested in human evolution, primates, and anatomy. The weekly homework is super easy, just ten multiple choice questions on Blackboard. The three exams require a lot of memorization, but are not difficult at all.

4. Comparative Primate Anatomy (ANP 410)

In order to take this class, you would need to have taken ANP 120. But if after you take ANP 120 you’re still super interested in human evolution and primatology, this is a great class to take. It’s a small upper level class and you get to compare primate skeletons with those of humans and other hominids. It’s hands on and intimate and taught once again by Professor Russo. The class is a little harder, with in class labs, exams, and a research proposal at the end, but if you’re into the subject matter it will be worth it.

5. Zombiology (ANT 208)

This class has no prerequisites and it’s taught online by Professor Lewis. You would take this course during winter break. It’s small and easy, and if you’re interested in studying zombies, zombie literature and media, and culture and how they affect our world today, you should definitely give this course a try. It’s not a big commitment, and who doesn’t love learning about zombies?

There you go, five cool courses to take at Stony Brook around anthropology. Even if you’re not an Anthropology major, you should still give these courses a try because they can teach you a lot about our world and open your eyes and mind to things you didn’t know. College is a time for discovering yourself, and what better way to discover yourself than to take classes in different fields?



Mehar Bharatiya

Hi, I'm Mehar and I'm an Anthropology Major and Geology Minor at Stony Brook University! I like reading, writing, art, and cats. In my free time I like pondering philosophical quandaries, watching meme compilations, and engaging in political discourse!

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