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The Anthropology Major

Anthropology is the study of being human, culturally and biologically, currently and in the past. The objectives of the anthropology program demonstrate this holisticity by focusing on the concept of culture and the fact of human biology. Analytical studies of human behavior contribute temporal and cross-cultural comparative perspectives to the larger body of scientific inquiry, thus grounding the student in fundamental concepts. 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.

The major program in anthropology will (1) prepare the interested undergraduate for graduate studies in anthropology and, (2) provide a sound background for all humanistically-related vocations.

Upon completion of 12 semester units of anthropology with a 3.0 or better GPA, students are eligible to join the Gamma Chapter of Lambda Alpha, the National Collegiate Honor Society for Anthropology.

Resources in the Department of Anthropology include the Anthropology Museum, the David W. May American Indian Collection and Gallery, Archaeological Field Schools, the Anthropology Laboratory, and Research Associates.

Recommended Preparation for the Major

ANTH 101, 102, and 103

Major Requirements

24 units of upper-division coursework chosen in consultation with the advisor, including 349W (satisfies core curriculum writing requirement), and including:

  1. One biological anthropology course selected from ANTH 310, 311, 312, 313, 314
  2. One cultural anthropology course selected from ANTH 320D, 321D, 323D, 327, 328, 370, 380
  3. One archaeology course selected from ANTH 330D, 331D, 334, 335, 336, 339, 350, 390
  4. ANTH 300, 460
  5. elective courses


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