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 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at

The Anthropology Major

Recommended Preparation for the Major

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

Major Requirements

Coursework chosen in consultation with the advisor, including:

ANTH 349WWriting Anthropology (satisfies core curriculum writing requirement)3
Biological Anthropology
Select one of the following:3
Human Evolution
Forensic Anthropology
Bones: Human Osteology
Modern Human Variation
The Ancient Dead: Bioarchaelogy
Cultural Anthropology
Select one of the following:3
North American Indian Cultures
California and Great Basin Indian Cultures
Southwest Indian Cultures
South American Indian Cultures
Caribbean Cultures
Nautical Anthropology of California
Piracy in the new World
Surf Culture And History
Indigenous Religions
Cultural Diversity
Select one of the following:3
North American Archaeology
Southwestern Archaeology
South American Archaeology
Nautical Archaeology
Post Medieval Seafaring and Empire
The Ancient Dead: Bioarchaelogy
Peopling of the Americas
Native Peoples of Northwest Europe
Archaeology of the Bible
Bethsaida Archaeological Field School
Antiquities: Who Owns the Past?
ANTH 300Research Seminar3
ANTH 460Ethnographic Field Methods3
ANTH elective courses6
Total Units24