Anthropology Overview

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 2015-2016, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2015. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

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 a global perspective and focus 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, libraries, public service, government programs, 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 of the anthropology program include the Anthropology Museum, the David W. May American Indian Collection & Gallery, Archaeological Field Schools, the Anthropology Laboratory, and the Research Associates.

The Social Science Teaching Credential

Students wishing to earn a Social Science Teaching Credential may do so while completing a major in anthropology. The specific requirements for the teaching credential differ from general requirements for the anthropology major. Students should consult the department chair.

Department of Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences

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