Undergraduate Anthropology Major
The field of anthropology studies humankind from a broad comparative and historical perspective, with a focus on specific cultural traditions, forms of social structures, languages and transitions in human evolution and cultural history. Anthropology serves as an excellent background for students who plan to pursue training and careers in law, medicine, nursing, social work, education, conservation, international relations or commerce, or advanced study in the humanities or social sciences.
Graduates will be prepared to:
- Describe the diversity of cultures around the world and across time
- Demonstrate the methods of anthropological study by applying them to the study of various cultures and populations
- Demonstrate how varying types of data are collected, analyzed, synthesized and interpreted
- Bachelor of Philosophy - 45 units
The bachelor of philosophy (BPhil) is conferred by the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. To earn the BPhil degree, students must complete a total of 45 units (courses), including a writing requirement, two years of study in a foreign language (or demonstration of equivalent foreign language proficiency), distribution requirements, a major and electives. Foreign language proficiency may be demonstrated by completion of a second-year language sequence with a grade of C or better at an accredited college or university. Minors are optional.
- Bachelor of General Studies – 45 units
The bachelor of science in general studies (BSGS) is conferred by the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. For the BSGS degree, students must complete 45 units, including a writing requirement, distribution requirements, a major and electives. Minors are optional.
Anthropology Distribution Requirements
- English - 2 units
• ENGLISH 111 or ENGLISH 205
• ENGLISH 113
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- Humanities – 4 units
4 courses from the following areas: art history, classics, comparative literary studies, English literature, foreign languages (up to two units), history, music history, philosophy, religion, and some courses in African American studies, foreign languages with literature, gender studies, performance studies, radio/television/film, Slavic languages and literature and theatre.
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- Social Sciences – 4 units
4 courses from the following areas: anthropology, economics, history, linguistics, political science, sociology, and some courses in African American studies, gender studies, psychology and statistics.
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- Science – 4 units
4 courses from the following areas: astronomy, biological sciences, chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, engineering, geography, information systems, mathematics, physics and some courses in anthropology, psychology, radio/television/film and statistics.
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- Modern Foreign Language (BPhil degree only) – 6 units
6 courses from the following areas: French, Spanish, Chinese
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Anthropology Major Requirements
- 3 of the following:
Evolution and Social Behavior
The aim of this course is to bridge evolution and social behavior by tracing the development of the brain and the evolutionary and social functions of human consciousness. The course begins with an overview of the basic theory on the relationship between evolution and social behavior (humans and non-humans) at the genetic level. The course will then progress to an overview of the evolution of the human brain and the ramifications of this development in the history of the species. Once the basics are covered, we will turn to recent research in neuroscience to interrogate the more profound question of consciousness and its potential impact in the evolution of human beings. The assigned ethnographies will be used as case studies to allow students to make theoretical arguments based on empirical evidence in the social sciences.
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- ANTHRO 211 Culture and Society
- ANTHRO 212 Global Cultures, Global Inequalities
- ANTHRO 213 Human Origins
- ANTHRO 214 Archaeology: Unearthing History
- ANTHRO 215 Study of Culture through Language
- ANTHRO 360 Language and Culture
- 2 of the following:
- SOCIOL 206 Sociological Analysis
- STAT 206 Introduction to Statistics
- ANTHRO 389 Ethnographic Methods and Analysis
- SOCIOL 329 Field Research and Data Collection
- 4 additional 300-level anthropology electives
- 1 summer field study or ANTHRO 399 Independent Study
- ANTHRO 370 Anthropology in Historical Perspective