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 (42-45 Units Total)

1.  Foundations (12 units)

ANTH 151 Physical Anthropology (3)
ANTH 152 Culture and Human Behavior (3)
ANTH 153 Introduction to Archaeology (3)
ANTH 303 Anthropological Thought (3)

2.  Peoples and Places (3 units)

Choose one from the following:

ANTH 306 Native Peoples of North America (3)
ANTH 307 Native Peoples of California and the Southwest (3)
ANTH 338 Peoples of Africa (3)
ANTH 345 Diversity in the United States (3)
ANTH 351 Peoples of Middle America (3)
ANTH 352 Peoples of South America (3)
ANTH 353 The Maya: Ancient and Modern (3)
ANTH 356 Peoples and Cultures of the Mediterranean (3)

3. Method and Theory (3 units)

Choose from one of the following:

ANTH 473 Theory and Method in Archaeology (3)
ANTH 475 Ethnographic Research Methods (3)

4. Seminar (3 units)

Choose from the following:

ANTH 490A-E Seminar in Anthropology (A-Archaeology, B-Biological, C-Cultural, D-Linguistics, E-Applied Anthropology) (3)
ANTH 516 Seminar on Ethnography as Narrative (3)
ANTH 521 California Archaeology (3)
ANTH 560 Social Evolution (3)

5. Breadth Electives (12 units)

In consultation with the undergraduate Advisor for the Anthropology Department, choose one course from each of the following subdisciplines:

Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 310 Language in Culture: Anthropological Linguistics (3)
ANTH 326 Introduction to Folklore (3)
ANTH 404 Comparative Social Organization (3)
ANTH 405 Cognitive Anthropology (3)
ANTH 424 Supernatural in the Modern World (3)
ANTH 430 Ecological Anthropology (3)
ANTH 450 Historical Anthropology (3)
ANTH 451 Economic Anthropology (3)
ANTH 462 Anthropology of the Arts (3)

Biological Anthropology

ANTH 311 Human Variation (3)
ANTH 341 Bones: An Introduction to the Study of Human Remains (3)
ANTH 421 Primatology: Morphology, Behavior and Social Organization (3)
ANTH 423 Human Behavior: Evolutionary Perspectives (3)
ANTH 445/L Human Osteology and Lab (3/1)
ANTH 453 Human Paleontology (3)


ANTH 426 Old World Archaeology (3)
ANTH 427 Archaeology of North America (3)
ANTH 428 Archaeology of Mesoamerica (3)
ANTH 429 Archaeology of South America (3)
ANTH 460 The Archeological Study of Women in the Ancient World (3)

Applied Anthropology

ANTH 302 Introduction to Applied Anthropology (3)
ANTH 432 Environmental Justice and Health (3)
ANTH 346 Urban Anthropology (3)
ANTH 425 Culture, Health and Healing (3)
ANTH 465 Museum Anthropology: Principles and Practices (3)
ANTH 468 Cultural Heritage (3)
ANTH 486 Interrogating Globalization: the Ethnography of Global Problems (3)

6. Additional Electives (12 units)

In consultation with the undergraduate Advisor for the Anthropology Department, choose four additional 3-unit Upper Division courses in Anthropology (12 units). See “Exceptions and Restrictions” below for important information about selection of electives.

Exceptions and Restrictions

  1. ANTH 360 does not count as credit for the Anthropology major.
  2. No more than one of the four additional elective courses may be from the following General Education courses: ANTH 212, 222, 305, 308, 315.
  3. Students can double count one of the following courses as an Anthropology additional elective and as a Social Science GE course: 212, 302, 305, 319, 341.
  4. ANTH 341 cannot count as both a biological anthropology breath requirement and a GE Social Science Course.
  5. ANTH 302 cannot count as both an applied anthropology breath requirement and a GE Social Science Course.
  6. Any one section of ANTH 494AA-ZZ will count as one elective course.


Requirements for the Minor in Anthropology

 Requirements for a Minor in Anthropology (18 Units Total)

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

2. Peoples and Places (3 units)
Choose one from the following: Anth 306, 307, 338, 345, 351, 352, 353, 356

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

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