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2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements Advising Sheet

Anthropology B.A.

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View information for the Department of Anthropology, Geography, and Ethnic Studies  , including Learning Objectives for the department and its programs.

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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, cultural, biological, 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.


1. Complete the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.

A student must comply with all University regulations and satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Units and Residency  (minimum of 120 units: 40 units of upper division coursework and 30 semester units at Stanislaus State. At least 24 of these 30 units must be earned in upper-division courses, at least 12 must be in the major, and at least 9 must be applicable to General Education-Breadth requirements)
  2. Grade Point Average  (minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better)
  3. General Education  (minimum of 49 units)
  4. Upper Division Writing Proficiency  (minimum of 3 units)
    - Pass the Writing Proficiency Screening Test (WPST)
    - Writing Proficiency (WP) Course (may double count in the major)
  5. United States Constitution and California State and Local Government  (minimum of 3 units)
  6. Multicultural Requirement  (minimum of 3 units) (may double count with General Education requirements or in the major)

Subsequently all students must submit an application for graduation and receive approval from the major advisor, department chair, and Director of Academic Advising. For more information see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements .


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.

The Major

(31 units)

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.

The Concentrations

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 or Archaeology (see Anthropology Courses by Sub-Field Concentration below). Students also have the option of completing the Biological Anthropology Interdisciplinary concentration. Such concentrations are recorded on students’ transcripts.

Biological Anthropology Interdisciplinary Concentration

Satisfy the Anthropological Methods Requirement:

Students pursuing this concentration must complete the core courses in the major and satisfy the following two Anthropological Methods requirements.

Complete the major of 31 units:

Complete the major with additional upper division elective units to reach 31 units. Students may choose a course outside the discipline with approval of their 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.

Teaching Credentials

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

Upper Division

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