CS + Anthropology

Computer Science + Anthropology, BS
for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Computer Science + Anthropology

Anthropologists use computational tools and algorithms to analyze large amounts of data gathered from a field site or by studying online social communities and social networks. Students majoring in CS + Anthropology will know how people live and communicate as social beings, which can inform the best designs and user interfaces for software.

The CS + Anthropology blended bachelor's degree is a partnership between the Department of Computer Science in The Grainger College of Engineering and the Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. As part of the computing community at Illinois, you will benefit from being part of a top-five-ranked Computer Science program with world-class faculty and research. Learn more about the Department's Rankings and Statistics.

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Curriculum Map

The curriculum sequence mapped below is a sample sequence. Students will work with a department academic advisor to achieve educational goals specific to their needs and preparation.

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Computer Science + Anthropology Curriculum Map
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  1. This optional course is highly recommended for freshmen, who may use it to help meet free elective requirements.
  2. MATH 220 may be substituted. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.
  3. LAS 102 may be used for external transfer students. LAS 100 is supplemental course international students take along with LAS 101/102/122.
  4. RHET 105 (or an alternative Composition I sequence) is taken either in the first or second semester of the first year, according to the student's UIN (Spring if UIN is Odd). General Education Elective is taken the other semester. Composition I guidelines can be found at Degree and General Education Requirements under Written Communication Requirement.
  5. General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.
  6. MATH 225 may be substituted.
  7. ANTH 240 may be substituted.
  8. ANTH 220 may be substituted.
  9. CS 340 and two (2) CS technical electives (400 level CS courses) can be use to substiute the CS 233 and CS 341 requirements. The 2 technical electives must be distinct from courses used to satisfy other major requirements and can replace Free Electives.
  10. ANTH 104 may be substituted.
  11. ANTH 230 may be substituted.
  12. ANTH 372 may be substituted.
  13. Additional coursework, subject to College of Liberal Arts and Sciences restrictions to Free Electives, so that there are at least 120 credit hours earned toward the degree.

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