The anthropology major results in a broad understanding of humans and the human condition, both past and present.  Students in the program study all subdisciplines of anthropology:  archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology and public and applied anthropology. Students in the online program can earn the degree fully online.

Since our program launched in 2017, it has been recognized by multiple media outlets as one of the best online Anthropology programs in the country. This includes a #1 ranking from Successful Student, and a #2 ranking from Best Colleges in 2019 for best online Anthropology program. Additionally, we have also been deemed the most affordable Anthropology online program by for two years and Best Online Anthropology Bachelor’s degree by Guide to Online Schools in 2020.

Online Study

The availability of online courses offered each semester is dependent on the availability of faculty to teach the course.  Required courses will be offered at least one time during the academic year, but possibly not in every semester.  Anthropology offers many online electives but not all electives listed in the course catalog will be taught in an online format. Questions regarding the online availability of a course should be directed to the main office at Students should work with the undergraduate online coordinator to plan their schedules.

Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states.  More information regarding State Authorization for Providing Online Courses is available through the Registrar’s Office.

Required Lower/Upper Core Courses:

9 lower level required credit hours

  • ANT2140 Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANT2410 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT2511 Human Species

12 upper level required credit hours

  • ANT 3145 Archaeology of Complex Societies
  • ANT 3610 Language and Culture
  • ANT 4516 Human Biological Diversity
  • ANT 4034 History of Anthropological Thought


Area Study & Restricted Elective Courses:

3 credit hours of Area Study

Any 3000 or 4000 level area study course will fulfill this requirement. Area study courses are focused on a particular region or place. Visit the course offerings in the undergraduate catalog for more information.

21 credit hours of Restricted Electives

Students must take 21 credit hours (7 courses) of Anthropology (ANT) courses offered at the 3000 or 4000 level to meet this requirement. Visit the course offerings in the undergraduate catalog for more information.

***ANT 3163 Mesoamerican Archaeology will apply to the Gordon Rule Writing Requirement. 


Other Program Requirements

  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Residency Requirement (A minimum of 30 credit hours must by ANT at the 3000-4000 level completed at UCF; transfer classes will NOT fulfill this requirement)
  • Anthropology Exit Exam
  • University requirements: completed a minimum of 120 semester hours and you have 42-48 hours of upper level courses (3000-4000 level), depending on your catalog year.

Students must earn at least a grade of C (2.0) in each required course and should consult with a college advisor to ensure that adequate progress is being made toward program completion.  Individuals interested in pursuing an online degree in anthropology should consult the online UCF catalog for a complete list of the core requirements.


Contact Information

For additional information about the online anthropology major contact Dr. Amanda Groff, Associate Lecturer and Online Undergraduate Coordinator at 407-823-2227 or

For admissions information, please visit Undergraduate Admissions.

For questions regarding university requirements or tuition, please visit UCF Online.