Anthropology, B.A. (Major) 

All Anthropology majors at CSUF take introductory courses in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology, and capstone courses in the history of anthropology and contemporary theory. Working with advisors, students select from a wide variety of courses that provide training in specialized areas, as well as a broad foundation in anthropological theory and method, to prepare them for a a wide range of possible careers in anthropology and related disciplines (including psychology, sociology and biology). 

The Anthropology major consists of a minimum of 45 units. Nine of these units are lower division courses and the remaining 36 units are upper division.

Core Courses (15 units)

ANTH 101 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3)
ANTH 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
ANTH 103 - Introduction to Archaeology (3)
ANTH 480 - History of Anthropology (3)
ANTH 481 - Contemporary Anthropology (3)

Upper-Division Courses (9-30 units)

Any 400-level course in anthropology is an upper-division course that may be applied to the major.

Electives (0-21 units)

Any 100- or 300-level course in anthropology may be used by majors as electives.

Under certain circumstances, with the approval of the adviser or department chair, up to six units may be accepted from related disciplines.

Note: Upper-division, 400-level courses are intended for junior, senior and graduate students. Courses under Electives in Anthropology are 100- or 300-level and may be taken by all students.


Total (120 units)
 

(A) Core Courses (15 units)

Anthro 101 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3)
Anthro 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
Anthro 103 Introduction to Archaeology (3)
Anthro 480 History of Anthropology (3)
Anthro 481 Contemporary Anthropology (3)

 

(B) Upper-Division Requirements (9-30 units)

Any 400-level course in anthropology is an upper-division course that may be applied to the major, including

  • ANTH 400 - Qualitative Methods in Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 401 - Ethnographic Field Methods (3)
  • ANTH 402 - Museum Science (3)
  • ANTH 403 - Archaeological Fieldwork (3)
  • ANTH 404 - Analytical Methods in Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 406 - Descriptive Linguistics (3)
  • ANTH 407 - Anthropological Video Production (3)
  • ANTH 408 - Ethnogerontology (3)
  • ANTH 409 - Applied Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 410 - Anthropology of Organizations (3)
  • ANTH 411 - The Anthropology of Human Rights (3)
  • ANTH 412 - Culture Change (3)
  • ANTH 414 - Economic Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 415 - Anthropology of Tourism (3)
  • ANTH 416 - Anthropological Linguistics (3)
  • ANTH 417 - Life Quests (3)
  • ANTH 418 - GIS and Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 419 - Anthropology of Risk (3)
  • ANTH 420 - Visual Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 427 - Settlement Patterns (3)
  • ANTH 430 - Archaeology of Household Space (3)
  • ANTH 431 - Mesoamerican Cultures (3)
  • ANTH 435 - Anthropology of Death and Mortuary Practices (3)
  • ANTH 441 - Human Variation (3)
  • ANTH 442 - Medical Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 443 - Advanced Topics in Human Osteology (3)
  • ANTH 445 - Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 451 - Advanced Evolutionary Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 452 - Human Fossil Record (3)
  • ANTH 453 - Human Evolutionary Anatomy (3)
  • ANTH 454 - Primate Conservation (3)
  • ANTH 455 - Behavioral Observation (3)
  • ANTH 456 - Hormones and Behavior (3)
  • ANTH 457 - Advanced Primate Behavior (3)
  • ANTH 460 - Public Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 461 - California Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 463 - Archaeofaunal Analysis (3)
  • ANTH 470 - Survey of Anthropological Films (3)
  • ANTH 476 - Archaeological Investigations (3)
  • ANTH 480 - History of Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 481 - Contemporary Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 482 - Globalization and Culture Change (3)
  • ANTH 486 - Anthropology of Digital Media (3)
  • ANTH 490T - Undergraduate Seminar in Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 491 - Internship in Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 497 - Cultural Investigations (3)
  • ANTH 498 - Museum Practicum (3)
  • ANTH 499 - Independent Study (1-3)

 

(C) Electives in Anthropology (0-21 units)

Any 100- or 300-level course in anthropology may be used by majors as electives, including

  • ANTH 100 Non-Western Cultures and the Western Tradition (3)
  • ANTH 105 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 300 - Language and Culture (3)
  • ANTH 301 - Primate Behavior (3)
  • ANTH 304 - Traditional Cultures of the World (3)
  • ANTH 305 - Anthropology of Religion (3)
  • ANTH 306 - Culture and Art (3)
  • ANTH 308 - Culture and Aging: Anthropological Gerontology (3)
  • ANTH 310 - Urban Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 311 - Culture and Communication (3)
  • ANTH 313 - Psychological Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 315 - Culture and Nutrition (3)
  • ANTH 316 - Anthropology of Sex and Gender (3)
  • ANTH 320 - Cultures of Europe (3)
  • ANTH 321 - Peoples of Native North America (3)
  • ANTH 322 - Human Behavioral Ecology (3)
  • ANTH 325 - Peoples of Central and South America (3)
  • ANTH 327 - Origins of Civilizations (3)
  • ANTH 328 - Peoples of Africa (3)
  • ANTH 329 - Peoples of the Caribbean (3)
  • ANTH 332 - Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3)
  • ANTH 333 - Anthropology of Childhood (3)
  • ANTH 340 - Peoples of Asia (3)
  • ANTH 342 - Anthropology and Health (3)
  • ANTH 343 - Human Osteology (3)
  • ANTH 344 - Evolutionary Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 345 - Peoples of the Middle East and North Africa (3)
  • ANTH 347 - Peoples of the Pacific (3)
  • ANTH 350 - Culture and Education (3)
  • ANTH 360 - Contemporary American Culture (3)
  • ANTH 370 - Anthropology of Non-Western Films (3)
  • ANTH 380 - The Ancient Maya (3)
  • ANTH 381 - The Aztecs and Their Predecessors (3)
  • ANTH 382 - Archaeology of the Southwest (3)
  • ANTH 383 - Prehistoric North America (3)

Under certain circumstances, with the approval of the adviser, or coordinator/department chair, up to six units may be accepted from related disciplines.

Please note that in order be counted towards the major, each course must be completed with a grade of "C-" (1.7) or better. Anthro 480 and 481 fulfill the University's upper-division writing requirement for Anthropology, and students must earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in these courses.

Interested students have the option of pursuing different specializations in the Anthropology BA degree program at CSUF: Archeology, Cultural Anthropology or Evolutionary Anthropology. However, these specializations do not appear on the transcript or the diploma. Please consult with an undergraduate advisor in the appropriate area of specialization for more information if you are interested in pursuing this option.