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Program: Minor in Anthropology

Program Description

Anthropology teaches methodological and analytic skills with a focus on diversity and global issues. The Anthropology minor draws on the traditional, holistic emphasis in the field, which will serve students well in a variety of postgraduate experiences and career paths.

Program Requirements

1. Foundations (3 units)

Choose one of the following:

ANTH 150 The Human Adventure: Introduction to Anthropology (3)
or ANTH 152 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)

2. Peoples and Places (3 units)

Choose one of 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 351 Peoples of Middle America (3)
ANTH 352 Peoples of South American (3)
ANTH 356 Peoples and Cultures of the Mediterranean (3)

3. Electives (12 units)

In consultation with the undergraduate advisor for the Anthropology department, choose four additional 3-unit upper division courses in Anthropology. Note: Students can take either ANTH 212 or ANTH 222 as one of the four electives, but not both.

Total Units in the Minor: 18


Department of Anthropology
Chair: Suzanne Scheld
Sierra Hall (SH) 232
(818) 677-3331

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and explain human experiences and the causes and consequences of cultural diversity across space and time from an anthropological perspective.
  2. Describe and explain the evolutionary process, particularly as it relates to primate and specifically hominin evolution.
  3. Describe and explain biological and behavioral variation among human and non-human primates in context.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the foundational concept of culture and core theories in anthropology and their applications to the field.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, collect, describe, analyze, interpret and communicate anthropological evidence according to generally accepted professional practice and ethics.
  6. Describe and explain how anthropology can be used to engage in contemporary issues and can be applied toward addressing social problems.