Anthropology Major Resources

Anthropology Major Resources

New York prides itself on being a global city—but what does that mean to us? Through a major in Anthropology, you will begin to learn about peoples and cultures both close at hand and from around the world. You will examine how societies differ and what we all have in common, come to understand social inequality, ask how social conflicts arise and how they are resolved. The strength of the Anthropology major at John Jay is urban research and social/cultural anthropology rather than archeology or forensics, although students with these interests can be accommodated through cross-registration with other CUNY campuses.

Here you will find:
● Key information about your major
● How and when to meet with your major advisor
● Planning tools that will help you track your progress in the major
● Ways to explore career opportunities related to the Anthropology major
 
Take a few moments to look at the information below. It will help you plan effectively and avoid surprises during your studies at John Jay.
 
Anthropology Requirements

Major Requirements

You are responsible for the major requirements that were in effect when you declared the major. To confirm the requirements you should be following, go to the Undergraduate Bulletin for that academic year. For example, if you declared the Anthropology major in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016, you would click on the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin. If you declared the major and then left the College for more than one full semester, you’re responsible for the major requirements in effect when you return, if they have changed. Not sure when you declared the major? Find out here.
 
Below, find the Undergraduate Bulletin that was in effect when you declared the major.

ANT Courses That Meet General Education Requirements

Each of the following ANT courses can count toward your major requirements and toward your General Education requirements:
World Cultures: ANT 101, ANT 208, ANT 230
Individual & Society: ANT/PSY/SOC 210

 

Major Advising

Major Advising in Fall/Spring

Major/Minor Advisor:
Prof. Johanna (Hanna) Lessinger
Mon-Thurs at community hour (1:30-2:50 pm) or by appointment
212-237-8293
NB 9.63.30
 
Once you’ve declared the major, Prof. Lessinger will send you emails several times a year, with detailed information about the courses available in the upcoming semester, to guide your registration choices. You will also be signed up for the departmental listserv to keep you in touch with internship opportunities around the country, summer courses abroad, and special departmental events.
 
When you meet in person with Professor Lessinger, you can get advice about which courses you should take and when you should take them—advice particularly relevant to first and second year students. Prof. Lessinger can alert you to new or experimental courses the department may be offering, possible participation in field schools or in departmental research and writing projects. She will suggest how you can tailor your program to your specific interests. If you are a third or fourth year student, she can offer advice about career paths or graduate schools and help with applications.

Major Advising in Summer/Winter

Professor Lessinger is available year-round by phone (212-237-8293) or email (jlessinger@jjay.cuny.edu).

Registration and Major Holds

Sophomores with 45-59 credits may have a hold on their registration. The hold will be removed when they have a major advising appointment with Professor Johanna Lessinger (jlessinger@jjay.cuny.edu / 212-237-8293). This discussion will encourage wise planning and allow students to ask any questions they may have about the major.

 

How do you know if you have a major hold? Go to CUNYfirst and complete the following steps:

 

  1. Check the Holds box of your CUNYfirst Student Center. If "Advisement Required" appears, click on “details.”

 

 

 

  1. Click on “Advisement Required.”

 
  1. See which type of advisement you need. If you must see a major advisor, then make a major advising appointment following the steps preferred by this department.

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Plan Ahead: Graduate on Time

Avoid Course Planning Mistakes!

The Anthropology major has several courses that build on each other in a sequence, so it is important to be aware of this and plan accordingly. Keep the following guidelines in mind:
 
  • Be sure to complete your math foundation in your first year. The Anthropology major requires STA 250, which has MAT 108 or MAT 141 as a prerequisite.
 
  • Take ANT 101 as soon as possible, since it provides an introduction to the field of anthropology and is a prerequisite for many courses in the major.
  • Look ahead in the major to be aware of any course prerequisites and preferred sequences. For example, here is one recommended sequence for some of the core courses:
  • Many of the major’s core courses are offered only once a year and have only one section. Make sure to take them when they are offered or you may have to wait another year for them to appear again. Consulting with Professor Lessinger before each registration period will keep you on track.
 
  • ANT 315 substitutes for the required ANT 212 course listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Likewise, ANT 450 substitutes for ANT 405. You must submit a course substitution form signed by Professor Lessinger.
 
  • The Anthropology Department is very flexible with course substitutions and allows you to deviate from the Concentration A and Concentration B tracks listed in the Bulletin. Discuss your options with your major advisor.
 
  • For third and fourth year students with good GPAs and well-defined interests, there is the possibility of pursuing independent study with a professor.
     
  • Remember that you will need at least a 2.0 GPA in the major and at least a 2.0 overall GPA to graduate.

Monitor Your Progress in the Major

  • DegreeWorks degree audit - Use this online planning tool to track your overall progress toward graduation. You will see which of your general education and major requirements are completed, in progress, or still needed.  Refer to the DegreeWorks FAQs to better understand how to use this helpful tool. Note: Confirm the accuracy of your degree audit with a general advisor and with Professor Lessinger (the Anthropology advisor), since there are important curricular options not presented in the degree audit.

     
  • Anthropology Major Checklist - Fill out this printable worksheet to keep track of which major requirements you have completed and which ones you still need.

     
  • Sample Four Year Plan - See an example of how you could complete all your degree requirements (major, general education, electives) and graduate in four years! Remember that this sample plan shows just one possible way to combine your requirements. Transfer students in particular should work with advisors to determine a plan that works best for them.

Meet with a General Academic Advisor

A General Academic Advisor will confirm what general academic requirements you still need, make suggestions about smart course planning that will help you graduate without delays, discuss your interest in adding a minor or second major, inform you about opportunities such as study abroad, discuss general questions and concerns, and make helpful referrals. Visit the Academic Advisement Center's webpage for more information.

 

ANT and Careers

Why Anthropology?

Recently graduated Anthropology majors and Anthropology minors have used the skills they have learned—an understanding of culture and cultural difference, the ability to observe carefully, to ask probing questions and to think critically about social issues--to begin satisfying careers. Our Anthropology alums are happily employed as social workers, teachers, city workers, and employees of community and social service organizations, to name just a few of their career paths. For many alums, the common thread is a commitment to improving their communities and their city—an outlook fostered by their years in Anthropology courses.

Career and Graduate School Guidance

Although “becoming an anthropologist” requires long and expensive graduate training and a fierce struggle for a handful of academic jobs, many of our graduates have found the Anthropology BA to be an excellent pathway to law school, to graduate programs in public health, urban planning, public policy and business.
 
Professor Lessinger, the Anthropology major advisor, is happy to offer advice, perspective, and help with applications. Also refer to the Anthropology Department’s Career Page for career-related resources and opportunities.
 
John Jay’s Center for Career and Professional Development is another great resource for questions related to job searches, internships, and career preparation. CCPD staff are available to meet individually with students and alumni in L72.00 New Building. To request a 45-minute counseling appointment, log on to John Jay Careers Online. 15-minute drop-in sessions are also available Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Stop by in person earlier the same day to schedule a drop-in session.