Undergraduate Program

For undergraduate students,California State University Northridge offers a B.A. program in Anthropology. The Major is designed to contribute to a student's liberal arts education and to prepare the student for graduate work, teaching or other professional pursuits. However, students interested in focusing on a more specialized area of interest have the choice to pursue the Optional Major Program.


  1. Students completing the undergraduate degree program in anthropology should be able to:
    1. Recognize characteristics of human diversity across space and time from an anthropological perspective
    2. Explain the evolutionary process particularly as it relates to primate and specifically hominin evolution
    3. Describe biological and behavioral variation among human and non-human primates in context
    4. Discuss the concept of culture as a fundamental principle in anthropology
    5. Identify the causes and consequences of cultural diversity, social inequalities and change in human societies
    6. Discuss anthropological theories and paradigms, how they have changed over time and how they are applied to explain fundamental aspects of the human condition such as cultural diversity and social change
    7. Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, collect, describe, analyze and interpret anthropological evidence according to generally accepted professional practice
    8. Discuss ethics as they pertain to 21st century anthropology
    9. Explain how anthropology may be used to engage in contemporary issues
    10. Develop effective communication using anthropological standards


Requirements for the B.A. in Anthropology

Requirements for a Major in Anthropology (42 units)

Foundations (12 units)

Anth 151 Physical Anthropology 
Anth 152 Culture and Human Behavior
Anth 153 Temples, Tombs & Treasures? Intro to Archeology
Anth 303 Anthropological Thought

Peoples and Places (3 units)

Choose one of the following: 

Anth 306 Indians of North America 
Anth 307 Indians of California and the Southwest
Anth 338 Peoples of Africa
Anth 351 Peoples of Middle America 
Anth 352 Peoples of South America
Anth 356 Peoples and Cultures of the Mediterranean

Method & Theory (3 units)

Choose one of the following:

Anth 473 Theory & Method in Archeology
Anth 475 Anthropological Research Methods

Seminar (3 units)

Choose one of the following: 
Anth 490A-D Seminar in Anthropology (A-Archaeology, B-Biological, C-Cultural, D-Linguistics)
Anth 516 Seminar on Ethnography as Narrative
Anth 521 California Archaeology 
Anth 560 Social Evolution

Breadth Electives (9 units)

In consultation with the undergraduate advisor for the Anthropology Department, choose one course from each of the following sub-disciplines:

Cultural Anthropology

Anth 222 Visions of the Sacred
Anth 302 Introduction to Applied Anthropology
Anth 310 Language in Culture
Anth 326 Introduction to Folklore 
Anth 345 Ethnicity in the U.S.
Anth 346 Urban Anthropology
Anth 404 Comparative Social Organization 
Anth 405 Cognitive Anthropology
Anth 424 Supernatural in the Modern World 
Anth 425 Culture, Health, and Healing 
Anth 430 Ecological Anthropology
Anth 432 Environment and Social Justice
Anth 450 Historical Anthropology
Anth 451 Economic Anthropology
Anth 462 Anthropology of the Arts 
Anth 465 Museum Anthropology
Anth 468 Cultural Heritage
Anth 470 Anthropological Film Study

Anth 486 Globalization: Ethnography of Global Problems

Biological Anthropology

Anth 212 Anthropology of Sex
Anth 311 Human Variation
Anth 341 Bones: Intro to the Study of Human Remains
Anth 421 Primatology: Morphology, Behavior, and Social Organization 
Anth 423 Human Behavior: Evolutionary Perspectives 
Anth 445/L Human Osteology
Anth 453 Human Paleontology


Anth 426 Old World Archaeology 
Anth 427 Archaeology of North America
Anth 428 Archaeology of Mesoamerica
Anth 429 Archaeology of South America 
Anth 460 Women in the Ancient World

Additional Electives (12 units)

In consultation with the undergraduate advisor for the Anthropology Department, choose four additional three-unit upper division coursed in Anthropology. 

1) Students who took Anth 375/L prior to Fall 2006 will be permitted to count it towards the Anth 475 requirement. 
2) Anthropology 360 does not count as credit for the Anthropology major.
3) Students may count Anth 212 or Anth 222 (but not both!) as an additional course elective. 
4) No more than one of the four additional elective courses may be from the following General Education courses: Anth 212, 222, 300, 305, 308, 315 
5) Seminar prerequisite: prior or concurrent enrollment in Anth 473 or Anth 475 
Please check the 2010-2012 CSUN Catalog for a list of course prerequisites and descriptions.


Requirements for the Minor in Anthropology


Requirements for a Minor in Anthropology (18 Units)

Foundations (3 units)
Choose one of the following: Anth 150 or 152

Peoples and Places (3 units)
Choose one from the following: Anth 306, 307, 338, 351, 352, 356

Electives (12 Units) 
In consultation with the undergraduate advisor for the anthropology department, choose four additional three-unit upper division courses in anthropology

Either Anth 212 or Anth 222 can be permitted as one of the four electives.