Anthropology, B.A.


Department of Anthropology

Anthropology Major Requirements

1. Major requirements (36 units) (see Advising Note 1)

CORE CURRICULUM (21 units) (required of all majors)
ANTH 2 (3 units)
ANTH 3 (3 units)
ANTH 100 (3 units)
ANTH 101 and ANTH 103 or ANTH 111 and ANTH 111B (see Advising Note 2) (6 units)
ANTH 104 (3 units)
ANTH 195 (1 unit)
ANTH 196 (2 units)

In addition to the core curriculum, each student, in consultation with an advisor, will select the following:

Elective curriculum (15 units minimum) (see Advising Note 3)
- Three upper-division classes within the student's area of concentration (e.g. cultural, physical, or archaeology) (9 units) 
- Two upper-division classes, one in each remaining subdiscipline (e.g., an archaeology student would take one cultural and one physical course) (6 units) 

Students may benefit from additional courses to supplement their area of interest; please consult an advisor.

2. General Education requirements (49 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing.

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies) (See Advising Notes 3 and 4)

5. Total (120 units)*

* G.E. and MI courses can be double counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. This total indicates that ANTH 2 or 3 in G. E. Breadth D3 may be applied to the anthropology major. Consult the department chair or faculty advisor for additional details.

Advising Notes

  1. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the anthropology major or minor unless the grading method for the course is CR/NC only.
  2. ANTH 101 and ANTH 103 or ANTH 111 and ANTH 111B must be taken for at least 6 units.
  3. ANTH 161 may not be taken to satisfy the main area of concentration. It may, however, be used to satisfy the physical anthropology subdiscipline requirement for the archaeology or cultural student.
  4. Units in this category as well as in General Education, may also be applied toward a double major or minor, as appropriate. (See Double Major or departmental minor.)
  5. ANTH 30 does not satisfy elective requirements in the major.
  6. ANTH 117 and 118 can satisfy either the cultural or physical elective requirement.
  7. ANTH 130 can satisfy either the cultural or archaeology elective requirement.



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Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

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Anthropology is concerned with everything that is human, in all parts of the world, both present and past. It is unique among the social sciences in its holistic scope.

The Department of Anthropology provides undergraduate training (major or minor) in anthropology with emphases in Archeology, Cultural and Physical Anthropology. Fieldwork opportunities through the Institute of Public Anthropology and our Archeology field school provide multiple opportunities for students to gain hands on research in ongoing investigations.

What You Can Earn

Employment Opportunities posted on the Society for Applied Anthropology website

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Introductory Fieldwork in Archeology
  • World Cultures
  • Anthropology of Health, Illness, and Healing
  • Peoples and Cultures of East Asia

What You Can Learn

  • How culture has made possible the range of different societies
  • Basic methods and strategies for archeological excavation
  • How to think critically and use reasoning when considering topics of race/ingelligence, region/values, and social policy.

About the College

The College of Social Sciences studies the human experience, including the depth of the past and the breadth of the entire planet.

We place emphasis on learning practical skills to aid you in your career. Our students do internships, participate in archaeological digs, or do service-learning projects with a non-profit agency. Students can assist on research projects or organize a social change project.

Whatever a student's major, they enjoy our witty and talented faculty and our caring staff as they discover our social world.

College Contact Information

Phone: (559) 278-3013
FAX: (559) 278-7664

5340 N. Campus Drive MS/SS91
Fresno CA 93740-8019

Department Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
College of Social Sciences
Peters Business Building, Room 385
5245 North Backer Ave. M/S 16
Fresno, CA 93740-8001

Where We're Located

The Department of Anthropology is located on the third floor of the Peters Business Building (room 385).
Drive to Woodrow Avenue from either Barstow or Shaw Avenues. Campus map

Phone: (559) 278-3002 FAX: (559) 278-7234