Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

The study of anthropology promotes an understanding of self and other by exploring the human condition at all times and in all places. In an interconnected world in which societies depend upon one another, failures in understanding and appreciating differences in goals, values and ways of life can lead to fear, discrimination, oppression, and war. The subfields of biological anthropology, archaeology, and sociocultural anthropology explore human evolution and the emergence of culture, cultural differences and similarities, regional history and ecology, and the role of language in culture.

Students can earn additional first-hand experience abroad through participation in faculty-led programs, the California State University's International Programs, and independent field schools.

Requirements (46 units)

Total units for Graduation: 120

Requirements for the B.A. in Anthropology

(Program Code: ANTH)

Lower-division requirements (9)
ANTH 1001Humans, Apes, and Monkeys: Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 1002Understanding Cultural Diversity3
ANTH 1400World History to c. 15003
or HIST 1400 World History to c. 1500
Upper-division requirements (37)
ANTH 3501Human Origins3
ANTH 3600The History of Anthropological Thought3
ANTH 5000Senior Seminar in Anthropology3
Archaeology
Nine units chosen from: A minimum of three units must be from a regional study course designated by the R suffix.9
African Archaeology
Prehistory of the Middle East and Europe
North American Prehistory
Mesoamerican Archaeology
Andean Archaeology
Historical Archaeology
Archaeology of California
Archaeology of the Southwest
Experimental Archaeology and Ethnoarchaeology
Native North American Art
Pre-Columbian Art
Introduction to Cultural Resource Management
The Archaeology of the Senses
Ancient Egyptian Archaeology
Archaeological Theory and Method
Archaeological Survey and Excavation
Archaeological Laboratory Analysis
Egyptian Mining Expeditions, Their Buildings, and Their Slaves
Biological Anthropology
Three units chosen from:3
The Race Concept in Biological Anthropology
Primate Evolution and Ecology
Forensic Anthropology and Crime
Human Osteology and Functional Anatomy
Late Pleistocene Human Evolution
Sociocultural Anthropology
Nine units chosen from: A minimum of three units must be from a regional study course designated by the R suffix.9
Case Studies in Linguistic Anthropology
Anthropology of Childhood
Gendered Worlds: Power, Difference, and & In/equality
Anthropology and Film
Anthropology of Health
Indigenous Politics
Environmental Anthropology
Humans, Animals, and Nature
Urban Anthropology
Cultural Entanglements and the Global Economy
Religion and Culture
Cultures of Mexico and Central America
Anthropology of South America
Asian Cultures
Anthropology of the Middle East
Anthropology of Africa
Indians of North America
Indians of the Southwest
Community Engaged Research Methods
Museum Research and Exhibit Development
Human Rights, Violence & Culture
Decolonizing Anthropology
Laboratory and Field Methods
Four units chosen from:4
Experimental Archaeology and Ethnoarchaeology May be used as an Archaeology elective or Laboratory and Field Methods requirement, but not both.
Archaeological Survey and Excavation May be used as an Archaeology elective or Laboratory and Field Methods requirement, but not both.
Archaeological Laboratory Analysis May be used as an Archaeology elective or Laboratory and Field Methods requirement, but not both.
Human Osteology and Functional Anatomy May be used as a Biological Anthropology elective or Laboratory and Field Methods requirement, but not both.
Community Engaged Research Methods May be used as a Sociocultural Anthropology elective or Laboratory and Field Methods requirement, but not both.
Museum Research and Exhibit Development May be used as a Sociocultural Anthropology elective or Laboratory and Field Methods requirement, but not both.
Advanced Theory
Three units chosen from:3
Archaeological Theory and Method May be used as an Archaeology elective or Advanced Theory requirement, but not both.
Late Pleistocene Human Evolution May be used as a Biological Anthropology elective or Advanced Theory requirement, but not both.
Egyptian Mining Expeditions, Their Buildings, and Their Slaves May be used as an Archaeology elective or Advanced Theory requirement, but not both.
Human Rights, Violence & Culture May be used as a Sociocultural Anthropology elective or Advanced Theory requirement, but not both.
Decolonizing Anthropology May be used as a Sociocultural Anthropology elective or Advanced Theory requirement, but not both.
Total Units46