Anthropology Major

As the holistic discipline of being human, anthropology has application for all fields of endeavor. Courses in anthropology are particularly suitable for students interested in international business, resource management, environmental concerns, teaching, educational administration, public service and archaeology.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at

Recommended Preparation for the Major

ANTH 101Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 102Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 103Introduction to Archaeology3

Major Requirements

24 units of upper-division coursework chosen in consultation with the advisor, including:

ANTH 349WWriting Anthropology (satisfies core curriculum writing requirement)3
Biology Anthropology
Select one of the following:3
ANTH 310Human Evolution
ANTH 311Primatology
ANTH 312Paleopathology
ANTH 313Forensic Anthropology
ANTH 314Bones: Human Osteology
ANTH 343The Ancient Dead: Bioarchaelogy
Cultural Anthropology
Select one of the following:3
ANTH 320North American Indian Cultures
ANTH 321DCalifornia and Great Basin Indian Cultures
ANTH 323DSouthwest Indian Cultures
ANTH 327South American Indian Cultures
ANTH 328Caribbean Cultures
ANTH 360Nautical Anthropology of California
ANTH 362Piracy in the new World
ANTH 364Surf Culture And History
ANTH 370Indigenous Religions
ANTH 380Cultural Diversity
Select one of the following:3
ANTH 330DNorth American Archaeology
ANTH 331DSouthwestern Archaeology
ANTH 334South American Archaeology
ANTH 335Nautical Archaeology
ANTH 339Post Medieval Seafaring and Empire
ANTH 343The Ancient Dead: Bioarchaelogy
ANTH 350Peopling of the Americas
ANTH 385Native Peoples of Northwest Europe
ANTH 390Archaeology of the Bible
ANTH 391Bethsaida Archaeological Field School
ANTH 463Antiquities: Who Owns the Past?
ANTH 300Research Seminar3
ANTH 460Ethnographic Field Methods3
elective courses

Satisfaction of Core Curriculum Requirements

ANTH 101, ANTH 102, and ANTH 103 may be used to satisfy the core curriculum requirement in the Social Sciences area.

ANTH 102, ANTH 323D, ANTH 328, ANTH 364, and ANTH 380 are D (diversity) courses.

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