Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Lower Division Requirements

All anthropology majors must take the following courses at the lower division level. These courses should be completed prior to enrolling in the respective upper division subfield courses. In some cases the lower division course is a required prerequisite for upper division subfield courses in that area, so students are encouraged to check the specific prerequisites for individual upper division anthropology courses.

  • ANTH 200: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3) (Spring)
  • ANTH 201: Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3) (Fall/Spring)
  • ANTH 202: Introduction to Archaeology (3) (Fall)
  • ANTH 203: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3) (Fall/Spring)

Upper Division Core Requirements

All anthropology majors must take the following upper division core courses. Anthropology 491 (Senior Seminar) must be taken in the student’s final semester for May/August graduates, and in the student’s final spring semester for December graduates.

  • ANTH 300: Nature, Culture & Theory: The Growth of Anthropology (4) (Fall)
  • ANTH 491: Senior Seminar (1) (Fall)

Upper Division Subfield Electives

Anthropology majors must take one upper division course in each of the 4 subfields of Anthropology. At least one upper division subfield course must be a methods course (denoted by a ‡) and at least one upper division subfield course must be a non-methods course.

One upper division course in Archaeology

  • ANTH 322: Historical Archaeology (4)
  • ANTH 325: World Prehistory (4)
  • ANTH 326: Topics in Archaeology (4)
  • ANTH 327: Archaeology of North America (4)
  • ANTH 329: Bioarchaeology (4)
  • ANTH 392: Research in California Prehistory (4)

One upper division course in Biological Anthropology

  • ANTH 301: Human Fossils and Evolution (4)
  • ANTH 302: Biological Basis of Sex Differences (4)
  • ANTH 303: Human Behavioral Ecology (4)
  • ANTH 305: Topics in Biological Anthropology (4)
  • ANTH 313: Primate Behavioral Ecology (4)
  • ANTH 315: Forensic Anthropology Theory & Practice (4)

One upper division course in Cultural Anthropology

  • ANTH 342: Organization of Societies (4)
  • ANTH 345: Anthropology & the Environment (4)
  • ANTH 352: Global Issues (4)
  • ANTH 354: Quest for the Other: Tourism and Culture (4)
  • ANTH 358: Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology (4)

One upper division course in Linguistic Anthropology

  • ANTH 380: Language, Culture, and Society (4)
  • ANTH 382: Language Change (4)
  • ANTH 383: Language in Sociopolitical Context (4)
  • ANTH 384: Topics in Linguistic Anthropology (4)
  • ANTH 386: Sign Languages and Signing Communities (4)
  • One upper division course in Anthropological Methods

  • ANTH 412: Human Osteology (4)
  • ANTH 414: Primate Behavior Laboratory (4)
  • ANTH 415: Forensic Anthropology Methods (4)
  • ANTH 420/421: Archaeological Methods: Lecture & Lab (4)**
  • ANTH 444: Material Culture Studies (4)
  • ANTH 451: Applied Ethnographic Methods (4)
  • ANTH 454: Ethnographic Field School (4) (Summer)
  • ANTH 480: Studies of Language Use (4)

**Anthropology 420/421 must be taken concurrently

Additional Elective Courses in Anthropology

In addition to the course requirements above, students must take additional anthropology upper division courses to complete a total of 40 units in anthropology. Elective units may come from any of the following sources:

  1. Additional subfield course(s) from the list above
  2. Upper division General Education course(s) in anthropology (ANTH 318: Human Development: Sex and the Life Cycle; ANTH 340: Living in our Globalized World; ANTH 341: Emergence of Civilizations)
  3. Contract courses, such as Special Studies, Community Involvement Project, Internships, etc. Contract courses can be taken for less than 3 units.

Note: A maximum of 12 transfer units in lower-division courses can be used to complete the 40-unit Anthropology Major options and advisory plans.

STUDENTS MUST RECEIVE A GRADE OF C- OR BETTER IN ANY COURSE APPLIED TO THE MAJOR.