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The Anthropology major offers basic preparation for careers requiring contemporary cross-cultural understanding and awareness of cultural heritages. Due to the growing global nature of today’s job market, cross-cultural training is often an employment prerequisite. The major emphasizes archaeology, ethnology, physical, and applied aspects of anthropology. It is also designed for students planning to teach social and biological sciences, and for students preparing for graduate work in anthropology and its various geographical areas/interdisciplinary specializations such as African Studies, Asian Studies, and Latin American Studies. Training in Anthropology is ideal for pursuing a career in many related fields such as forensic science, biology, medicine, public health, law, public administration, and urban planning.
2. Complete the following prerequisites to the major:
A wide background in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Biological Sciences is desirable. Students are encouraged to take introductory courses in related fields within these areas. Students preparing for graduate studies or a research career in anthropology should include a course in statistics, computer science, and at least one language other than English. Students interested in a career in archaeology and/or Cultural Resource Management (CRM) should include a class in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
3. Complete the major.
Of not less than 31 upper-division units as approved by the major adviser; of these, no more than 8 units of CR-graded coursework from courses graded exclusively CR/NC may apply toward the major. The Writing Proficiency (WP) course must be taken in the major. Completion of a minor is not required.
Complete a minimum of 31 upper-division units distributed as follows:
1. Complete the following required core courses:
2. Anthropological Methods Requirement:
Majors are required to take a course or combination of courses (for a minimum of 4 units) in which they develop the methodological skills required of practicing anthropologists. The following courses (or a combination of them) satisfy the requirement:
3. Majors are required to complete sufficient elective units in any combination from the courses listed below to reach 31 total upper-division units.
Three units of approved upper-division coursework, taken outside of the Anthropology Program curriculum may be applied as part of your upper-division elective requirements in Anthropology. See your adviser for approval of this option.
To concentrate in one area within the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, complete the above major program taking a minimum of 12 upper-division electives in one of the following: Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, or Archaeology (see Anthropology Courses by Sub-Field Concentration below). Such concentrations are recorded on students’ transcripts.
Special Interdisciplinary Tracks in the Physical Anthropology Concentration
Forensic Anthropology Track:
These courses substitute for 9 units of upper-division electives in the major (including 9 of the 12 units required for a Physical Anthropology Concentration). Students completing this track must satisfy 3 units of the Anthropological Methods requirement by taking ANTH 4420 - Bodies of Evidence .
Medical Anthropology Track:
These courses substitute for 13 units of upper-division electives in the major (including all of the 12 upper-division units required for a Physical Anthropology Concentration). Students choosing this track must satisfy 3 units of the Anthropological Methods requirement by taking ANTH 4420 - Bodies of Evidence .
Students may select courses for the Physical Anthropology Concentration from both interdisciplinary tracks with the approval of the major advisor.
Liberal Studies Concentration in Anthropology
Please refer to the Liberal Studies section of the catalog.
Social Sciences Concentration in Anthropology
Please refer to the Social Sciences section of the catalog.
Anthropology majors interested in a Social Sciences Subject Matter Preparation Program for a single-subject credential should review the subject matter preparation program requirements described in the Social Sciences section of this catalog. Please refer to the Teacher Education section of the Graduate Catalog for a description of other requirements to be completed for the single-subject credential.
Anthropology Courses by Sub-Field Concentration
Cultural Anthropology Electives
Physical Anthropology Electives
Special Studies Electives